This Yuen Woo Ping martial arts
classic starts and ends beautifully with Jet Li and a huge mass of monks doing
Tai-Chi movements in synchronization in front of their temple, and with some great atmospherical ST music to it.
Very impressive indeed. This film depicts how the Shaolin Temple monk Chang Jun Bao .... the mythical or real Chang
San Fong (?) grows up in the temple with his friend Tian Bao, learns kung fu, is thrown out, opposes the cruel royal
eunuch Governor Liu Jing and his buddy turned Bad Guy, and finally how he invents the Tai-Chi style of martial arts.
The DVD menu from the old Hong Kong Universe DVD from 1999-2000 something
Chin Siu Ho
as Shaolin monk Tian/Tempo turned evil officer under ditto evil eunuch governor
The slightly blurry pic from the old Hong Kong DVD
Jun Bao - Jumbo/Chang San Fong and best buddy
Tian/Tempo are thrown out of the Shaolin Temple when they are
too unruly and in an amazing fight scene with both poles and weapons takes on the monks of the whole temple.
Out on the streets in (a nearby?) city they connects with the opposition, the anti-government movement and team up
with i.a. Qiu Xue (Michelle Yeoh), Ms. Li/Little Melon (Fennie Yuen) and bar owner Ling (Yuen Cheng Yan the
brother of director Yuen Woo Ping). The Evil Royal eunuch and tax collector Liu Jing harasses the people, but still
Tian wants to be one of his soldiers to gain power and riches, and he turns evil and a tyrant too.
Will there be an ending fight between Jet Li
and Chin Siu Ho? Do Panda bears take a crap in the bamboo woods?
Will Jet Li lose that fight? Probably not. Will the wires be seen all too clearly at times? Probably yes.