Monday, January 4, 2016

Invincible Shaolin

Rival schools are pitted against each other in this Shaw Brothers martial arts film. Sticks and swords are wielded, fighters perform acrobatics and tumbling, and someone's ribs burst through their chest. A tragedy unfolds, and fruit is peddled. Someone does finger pushups over an open well with a large stone on their back, trying not to break eggs, and someone has tofu struggles. Featuring a very long training sequence, Invincible Shaolin is talky and straightforward, without a lot of the Shaw Brothers' wackiness, unfortunately. The fast-paced, furious finale, with elegant, leaping kung fu, is beautifully choreographed, with much bamboo chopping and brick smashing.

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