Shaolin Vs. Lama

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Shaolin vs Lama is a highly regarded old school Kung Fu Movies with iconic dialogue sampled by musicians such as Depth Charge and Wu Tang Clan. It features use of the Buddha finger and a training technique where our hero punches circular holes in scrolls hanging from the ceiling with just one knuckle.

The plot revolves around a talented kung fu practitioner who is looking for someone better than him; this gives rise to some fights early on as he beats up a teacher who is scamming folk with the old wizened Zen Monk routine.

Our hero has never heard of the regions most famous Shaolin temple, when he meets a mischievous young monk who tries to help him get tuition from the master, (an incorrigible abbot who loves to drink, eat and fight).

Cue lots of slapstick as the lazy abbot swoops down from treetops to fight our hero while eating a chicken, and using his horrible ‘bad foot’ technique. Things get more serious when it is revealed that a Tibetan lama infiltrated the Shaolin temple and stole their kung fu manual, and is now trying to destroy the Shaolin (although quite why, is never explained, especially as both are Buddhist).

Our hero eventually becomes a monk and swears to avenge the death of some girl or other he meets, as well as avenging the murder of the crazy abbot. But, of course, he will never truly be able to beat the villain until he learns the “Buddha finger’ technique.Our hero finally defeats the villain, who, in one of the more memorable conclusions to kung fu cinema, bashes in his own head while shouting “I…am… the devil! I must die… to prove that Buddha exists…” I don’t really understand the meaning behind this, but our hero learns that, in the end, mercy is better than revenge.

“I’ve learned to show mercy to the end…even the wicked man…we don’t kill him; that is our rule.”

And that’s a nice little bit of character progression, driven by Buddhism. The action scenes are awesome and overall this movie is a gem. Plus it’s got that whole Wu Tang- Depth Charge thing going for it. Thomas DiSanto


7 Responses to “Shaolin Vs. Lama”

  1. Ro Says:

    Thanks for posting this, it is one of my favorites and definitely one of the great all time classic kung fu movies! Thanks a million!

  2. Snakeman Says:

    Awesome! One of my favorite Kung-Fu movies! It’s just campy enough to be bad in a good way, and the fighting is spectacular. I love the fact the bad guy isn’t a complete pushover, and the hero isn’t automatically the “best” throughout the movie. Wish it was subtitled, but the dubbing is great because it adds cheesiness.

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  4. MARTIN Says:

    THIS IS ONE OF BEST GROUND BATTLES ONE EVERY SEE BEEN WATCHING MARTIAL ART MOVIES FOR YEARS LOVE THE STUFF

  5. moises dias pereira Says:

    POR FAVOR COMO POSSO COMPRAR FILMES DE SHAOLIN COM JIMMY WANG YOU o boxeador de um braço só, mão de ferro na asia será que existe dublado ou mesmo legendado sera que alguem pode me informar sobre um filme que passou no cinema na decada de 70 chamado SANGUE NO VALE DA CHINA. POR FAVOR ME SOCORRAM OBRIGADO

  6. maurice maynard Says:

    How can I order these movies?

  7. martial arts flick Guru Says:

    I have a very large collection of martial arts movies a by far this one would be rated in the top 50 it is an awesome movie!