A vicious warlord Hou Jie (Lau) has arisen to become one of the most powerful that China has ever seen. His paranoia for power leads him to heavily depend on his protege Cao Man (Tse), but when a sting against one of his allies goes massively wrong Hou Jie is left with nothing in his life. His status: gone. His family: gone. His drive: gone. He finds himself at a Shaolin temple he previously mocked as a broken man, only to discover that the hatred in his heart was only craving peace. When his protege Cao Man comes looking for him, Hou Jie will have to lead his brothers of Shaolin against a formidable force and correct the biggest mistake of his past life.
|Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse come face to face..and face to elbow.|
|Jackie Chan just counting how many Benny Chan movies he has been in.|
Occasionally some poor CGI moments show up, like an awkward chariot battle over computerized cliffs that has great pacing but doesn't look up to par as the rest of the film, but beyond that "Shaolin" is damn near the perfect film. The fighting is intense and well choreographed with dibs to the explosive finale that brings the house down. Martial arts fans will not be disappointed with the entertainment of the film in these parts are there is plenty to get the heart racing.
|An explosive finale to "Shaolin". No, seriously...a lot of things blow up.|
Written By Matt Reifschneider