The Shaolin Avengers

1976

Action / Drama

61
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 222

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Chinese 2.0
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23.976 fps
97 min
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Chinese 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
97 min
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Reviewed by ckormos1 6 / 10 / 10

Fighting finesse meets messy movie making

Alexander Fu Sheng plays an invulnerable Fong Sai Yuk in this movie. The concept of an invulnerable martial artist has been around almost as long as martial arts. Martial arts training certainly improves many physical traits. The cardiopulmonary or aerobic aspect of training enables the fighter to fight long and hard without losing breath. The martial artist's bone density improves so the fighter is less fragile to fractures. The stretching and flexibility of the fighter can also make injuries less likely. No amount of martial arts training will ever make a person invulnerable to blades and bullets. Yet the audience sometimes forgets all this or maybe just likes to pretend. Liu Chia-Liang started in the movie business in 1953. He was a true martial artist with ties to Wong Fei-Hung. I consider him the greatest person in the history of martial arts movies. As an action director his job was to make actors with no experience fighting look like fight experts. As the film rolled and the actors fought everything about the fight was fake. They seemed to connect with the hits yet they widely missed because it was faked by the camera angle. The sharp, shiny metal swords were fake plastic. The entire actor could be faked by a stunt double. One thing Liu Chia-Liang never faked was invulnerability. In 1975 Liu Chia-Liang directed an entire movie for the first time, "The Spiritual Boxer". The main story was about people who faked martial arts abilities, specifically invulnerability. Liu Chia-Liang was in a strange position where he had real fighting abilities and had to fake those abilities for others. He did this best job ever but there was a line he never crossed. This movie is a mess. The story keeps going back and forth in time and is hard to follow. There is no clear hero or villain. The characters are identical except for the single fighting ability that makes a difference. Despite the flaws the action sequences are superb. Because of that I must rate it above average for the year and genre but I only recommend it for fans.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 10 / 10 / 10

Another Shaw classic

THE SHAOLIN AVENGERS is another in the unconnected Shaolin Temple series of movies by Shaw Brothers' acclaimed director Chang Cheh. This one re-runs some of the events of MEN FROM THE MONASTERY, but otherwise feels less like a Shaolin Temple movie and more like a standard revenge saga. The structure of the movie is against type, with a long-running battle lasting from beginning to end and the rest told in flashbacks throughout. Inevitably, with the talent involved, this turns out to be a top-tier Shaw film with plenty of violent action, expertly-choreographed mayhem, and strong melodrama to enjoy. Alexander Fu Sheng headlines the production and has very few comedy sequences, although some of his fan fighting is funny. Chi Kuan-Chuan does his usual intensity with aplomb, while the underrated Bruce Tong is just as good as the third hero. There's less emphasis on training here, although Fu Sheng soaks himself in a vat of wine for a long time (!), and more emphasis on heroic deaths and bloodshed. Cheh's patented red filter deaths are present and the bad guys are well represented by the likes of Beardy, Lung Fei, and Wang Lung Fei. It's a classic movie sure to be loved by fans of the studio.

Reviewed by poe-48833 10 / 10 / 10

Twice-told tale...

Chang Cheh's THE SHAOLIN AVENGERS is a remake of Chang Cheh's MEN FROM THE MONASTERY down to the star(s). (Tod Browning remade THE UNHOLY THREE and Hitchcock THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, to cite but two examples, so the notion of filmmakers taking a second shot at a particular story isn't exactly unheard of.) (Oops. Just goes to show you: you gotta do yer homework. Browning remade London AFTER MIDNIGHT- as MARK OF THE VAMPIRE- and it was Jack Conway who remade THE UNHOLY THREE. Let that be a lesson to all you wannabe movie reviewers out there.) THE SHAOLIN AVENGERS is, as reviewer Brian Camp points out, an even better telling of this particular tale than the original version (one legitimate argument FOR remakes). Fu Sheng's "weak spot" is, I believe, precisely the kind of thing that prevented many martial arts movies from airing on American television over the years (and perhaps STILL, to this day): it's graphic and- shh!- involves anatomical naughty bits that American viewers can't handle (...)... Checker out and see for yourself- if you've got the balls...

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