Or “Is that a mountain in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me”
A blog in which I compare Kids from Shaolin to The Sound of Music and other musicals
This fight scene is a doozy. It’s a corker. The mother of all bar room brawls. Except it’s a Chinese mansion brawl. It’s 15 minutes long and it’s wild. All the characters get involved, as the Shaolin and Wudang families combine to drive off a troop of outrageously dressed and sexually rabid bandits.
Of course there are some of those wonderfully bizarre touches that fans of this genre love. For example – a dandy bandit masquerading as a cross eyed Taoist priest disguises himself as an Indian guru in order to dump a baby in a sack and a handful of snakes in a cave. As you do. We are given no explanation as to why this happens.
My favourite action sequence in Shaolin Temple is the drunken boxing duel between Jet Li and Yu Cheng Hui. It is breath taking. I am partial to this kind of dance-like material in martial arts films and for me this drunken boxing scene is the highlight of a film that is packed full of great physical feats.
Shaolin Temple vibrates with an almost manic energy from beginning to end, as its characters bounce from one potboiling situation to another. It is packed with displays of physical prowess that couch potatoes like me can only marvel at.