Shaolin Temple (1982)
Reviewed by: STSH on 2000-07-15
Summary: Cruel to Animals !
There's a warning that has appeared in most American films over the past 20 years or so, about no animal cruelty actually taking place in the filming.
Well, it may not have actually taken place, but there's plenty depicted here.
Near the start, Jet Li kills the adored pet dog of a shepherd girl, then he and his fellow monks eat the animal. The girl is initially upset, but then falls for Li's character.
Wow, what an approach ! "Sorry honey, I ate your dog, will you be mine anyway ?"!
And it doesn't stop there. When the girl is later captured by the bad guys, they do horrid things to her sheep.
The message here is that, if cruelty to animals offends you, stay away !
If not, and especially if you like non-stop mind-boggling fu fighting, then you'll love this film. Once things get going, this bunch of incredible fu talent really shows what they can do.
Incidentally, many of the same actors made several other films together in the following years. Some were sequels, some were not (e.g. the excellent Yellow River Fighter).
Keep the dog away, and enjoy !
Reviewer Score: 8