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Shaolin (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Andy Lau (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Jackie Chan (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor)
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Almost three decades after Jet Li's breakout film Shaolin Temple (1982), the legendary Buddhist monastery in China has finally opened the door for another film to shoot there. The film granted this honor is blockbuster director Benny Chan's hotly anticipated Shaolin, which breaks new grounds with its highly sophisticated production values, exciting original story, and cast of staggering starpower. A-list actors Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, and Jackie Chan topline the mega-budget action epic with the support of the gorgeous Fan Bingbing, Yu Shaoqun, Michelle Bai, as well as renowned kung fu stars like Wu Jing, Shi Yanneng (a.k.a. Xing Yu), and Xiong Xin Xin. Indeed Shaolin boasts jaw-dropping martial arts sequences choreographed by Corey Yuen, but the action drama goes beyond visual spectacle to find its spiritual foundation, touching upon the ideas of Zen Buddhism that advocate compassion and forgiveness.

In 1920s war-torn China, ruthless warlord Hou Jie (Andy Lau) is double-crossed by his trusted lieutenant Cao Man (Nicholas Tse) during a pivotal battle that culminates in him losing everything he has, including his wife (Fan Bingbing) and daughter. Devastated by the betrayal and consumed with revenge, Hou Jie is befriended by Wudao (Jackie Chan), an uneducated Shaolin cook who nonetheless has a profound understanding of Buddhist philosophy. Eventually Hou Jie finds enlightenment in Shaolin and becomes a monk himself after making up with young monks Jingneng (Wu Jing), Jinghai (Yu Shaoqun), and Jingkong (Shi Yanneng). Leading the heroic monks against the oppression of the treacherous Cao Man and his henchman Suo Xiangtu (Xiong Xin Xin), a reformed Hou Jie vows his life to defending the Temple and protecting the people in distress...

The Hong Kong Version Blu-ray comes with 130 minutes of special features on a Region-3 DVD, including trailer, making-of, behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes, poster and stills gallery, and production featurettes.

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Product Title: Shaolin (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 新少林寺 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 新少林寺 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 新少林寺 (2011) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Shaolin (2011) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau (Actor) | Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Jackie Chan (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Yu Hai (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor) | Michelle Bai (Actor) | Chen Zhi Huai (Actor) | Shi Xiao Hong (Actor) | Yu Shao Qun 劉 德華 (Actor) | 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 成龍 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 吳京 (Actor) | 于海 (Actor) | 熊欣欣 (Actor) | 白 冰 (Actor) | 陳之輝 (Actor) | 師小紅 (Actor) | 余 少群 刘 德华 (Actor) | 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 成龙 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 吴京 (Actor) | 于海 (Actor) | 熊欣欣 (Actor) | 白 冰 (Actor) | 陈之辉 (Actor) | 师小红 (Actor) | 余 少群 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) | 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 范冰冰 (ファン・ビンビン) (Actor) | 呉京(ウー・ジン) (Actor) | 于海(ユー・ホイ) (Actor) | 熊欣欣(ホン・ヤンヤン) (Actor) | ミシェル・バイ (Actor) | Chen Zhi Huai (Actor) | Shi Xiao Hong (Actor) | 余少群 (ユー・シャオチュン) 유덕화 (Actor) | 사 정봉 (Actor) | 성룡 (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Wu Jing (Actor) | Yu Hai (Actor) | Xiong Xin Xin (Actor) | 백 빙 (Actor) | Chen Zhi Huai (Actor) | Shi Xiao Hong (Actor) | Yu Shao Qun
Director: Benny Chan 陳木勝 陈木胜 陳木勝(ベニー・チャン) Benny Chan
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2011-04-20
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): 50 GB - Double Layer, Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 130 (mins)
Publisher: Vicol Entertainment Ltd. (HK)
Other Information: Blu-ray+DVD
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024264551

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* Special Features (130 mins)(DVD-9)(Regional Code:3):
- Trailer
- Featurettes
- Deleted Scenes
- Behind The Scenes
- Posters & Photos
- Abbot Interview
- The Making Of Shaolin
- The Making Of Shaolin Temple

Director: Benny Chan Muk Sing

China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hou Chieh sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. Butpride comes before a fall. When his own family is wiped out by a rival warlord. Hou is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer. Hou and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlord. They launch a daring plan of rescue and escape.
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April 11, 2011

This professional review refers to Shaolin (2011) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Like its predecessors, Chang Cheh's 1976 classic The Shaolin Temple and the same-titled 1982 Jet Li vehicle, Shaolin takes the fact-based destruction of the Shaolin Temple (recorded as occurring numerous times throughout history) and uses it for fiction, going for storytelling dramatics over supposed fact. A more fact-based film about the Shaolin Temple's destruction might actually work as an earnest historical drama - but if the filmmakers attempted that, where would they put your awesome, kickass kung-fu? Historical drama is cool, but having people overact, jump around and lay down smack like kung-fu superheroes is super cool. Ergo, you probably want Shaolin.

Anyway, Benny Chan directed Shaolin, and if there's a man you don't want handling earnest, important drama, it's Benny Chan. Chan’s most serious film has arguably been Divergence, which was marred by Aaron Kwok hamming it up while munching on a hamburger. Drama in most of Chan's other films has been serviceable if not clumsy or even embarrassing. How then, is Chan going to handle an epic tale of redemption, honor and tragedy? Simple: he'll let his formulaic story and star actors do the heavy lifting then get out of the way for the action sequences - which hew to Chan's strengths in that they're pretty damn good. If there's one thing you can count on Benny Chan for, it does happen to be action.

Andy Lau stars as General Hou, a warlord in fractured early 1900s China, whose lust for power becomes his downfall. After an attempted coup goes incredibly wrong, Hou is left alone and demoralized, his army largely falling under the control of his former number two, Tsao (Nicholas Tse), who demonstrates his evil by not shaving and adopting bad posture. Though he once offended the Shaolin Temple, Hou takes refuge among the suspicious monks before adopting Zen Buddhism and becoming a Shaolin Monk himself. Atoning for his sins, Hou now treads a righteous, peaceful path. That is, until Tsao finds him and the whole thing erupts into bloody Chinese on Chinese violence. The Shaolin Temple meets its end, but righteousness? The way of Shaolin? It survives. Cue end credits.

Note to the anti-spoiler police: the above aren't spoilers, they're conventional plot points that one would expect from a film bearing this premise. Shaolin is about the burning of the Shaolin Temple, so the ending is expected (Surprise! The Shaolin Temple is burned!). What Chan and his cohorts need to do is deliver the action and drama with the requisite craft and panache. The drama itself is solid but sometimes obvious and exaggerated; many of the scenes are overacted by Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse, both better actors when reined in by a stronger director. Also, the film resorts to a cheap narrative trick - the presence of dastardly, mean-to-China foreigners played by crappy Caucasian actors - as a means of creating sympathy for its characters. Nationalism is all the rage in China films, but that doesn't mean we have to clap every single time it appears.

Much of Shaolin works though, and the credit can be spread around evenly. The action from Corey Yuen , Yuen Tak and Li Chung-Chi is entertaining, with some real martial artists (including Wu Jing and Xing Yu, going here by his real Shaolin name Shi Yanneng) ably showing their stuff. Choreography is sometimes wire-assisted (especially when the actors are not real fighters), but it's fast and clear, with full shots, fewer cuts and less CGI, making the action sequences stronger and more dynamic. The supporting actors are quite good; Wu Jing and Xing Yu also overact, but they have cause to do so, and Beijing Opera-trained Yu Shaoqun brings a refreshing innocence as another one of the monks. Fan Bing-Bing does a fine job in what could have been a flower vase role, as Hou's supportive yet not spineless wife.

However, the most fun character is Jackie Chan's. The aging martial artist gets a nice star turn as Uncle Wudao, an older, more playful Shaolin Monk who works as the temple chef. Wudao is wise but supposedly weak, proclaiming that he sucks at martial arts, which is why he works as the chef. As expected, he gets his own action scene, teaming with a bunch of Shaolin kids to ward off some invading soldiers. The part uses plenty of wires, but also features Jackie Chan's patented mix of action and comedy, complete with props. It's a fun scene, but also incongruous with the action and drama that Shaolin tries to sell. The production is a large canvas combining history and character, but with Benny Chan’s inability to create a consistent tone, the whole exercise comes off as more patchwork than it should be.

Adding to the uneven feel is Andy Lau’s performance, which swings from intense megalomaniac to guilt-ridden sinner to sincere monk, a character arc that isn't out of Lau's range. However, in Benny Chan's hands, it feels perfunctory, like a checklist of required character moments. Chan worked with Andy Lau back on the classic Moment of Romance, a sterling example of Hong Kong Cinema that combined violence, drama and overwrought emotion into a compelling mix. That was a small film, however, without the larger backdrop of history and tragedy. As Chan's budgets have ballooned and his films have grown in scale, there seem to be diminishing returns, the emotions in his films feeling more formulaic and less important than the spectacle and stunts.

But hey, action is a large part of why many audiences turn out for Hong Kong Cinema, and in that, Shaolin delivers. As an update of the martial arts actioner, Shaolin should please plenty. The less discerning viewer can easily gloss over the shoddier parts of the production (character development, organic drama) in favor of the big budget production values, widescreen framing and large action sequences. Some of the film’s key moments do pack an emotional punch, and Wu Jing and Xing Yu anchor their big action moments with strong, charismatic presence. Ultimately, there's plenty to enjoy in Shaolin, just not enough to put the film on the same trail blazed by Warlords, Bodyguards and Assassins or Ip Man. For that, you may need more than Benny Chan.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10 (2)
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July 26, 2011

This customer review refers to Shaolin (2011) (VCD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Very good sad film.But not fantastic Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I was quite surprised that this remake version of shaolin was good.I was not expecting it to like it.But it is a good film and somehow mixes a deep somtimes over the top drama with very well executed martial arts.Wushu maestros Wu Jing and Xing Yu deliever the kicks.Jackie Chan's character offers a slight comedic release to the tension and was important in terms of the film's main plot.But Andy Lau is the best in shaolin and I liked his transformation from a bad person to a good shaolin monk.

Highly recommended.
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May 11, 2011

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slight disappointment Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The movie was great on blu-ray, but what no one mentions is that the second disc containing the special features is a region 3 dvd. :(
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May 4, 2011

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more please! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This movie is great entertainment from start to finish! Andy lau is in top form and is very convincing in the fight scenes. Nicolas tse goes a bit overboard at times, but it still works ok. Fan bing bing did not really have a lot to do in this movie. Jackie chan plays a minor role in an understated way. The picture on this blu ray disc is very good indeed. The sound was not as involving as it could have been, but the explosions had a nice rumble to them. Well worth the money.
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April 16, 2011

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值得買 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
值得買華仔的"新少林寺." 華仔演得非常好, 有哭,痛,苦,靜,快樂等等.
華仔, 希望下次達到最佳男演員獎. 您永遠是我心目中的光頭偶像哈哈哈哈,
華仔, 愛您愛到底, 愛您愛到心痛,
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