5 Best Shaolin Kung Fu Movies

Thursday, July 21 by Ed Mulero

The five best Shaolin Kung Fu movies display the awesome combat skills of these ancient warriors from many centuries ago into film. Shaolin Kung Fu has been world renown for its physical artistry and prowess and these movies capture the style's impressive look. Fans of martial arts movies respect the complex and mysterious world of Shaolin Kung Fu and the people who practice it. Every frame explodes with the electricity generated from these  Shaolin Kung Fu movies through every battle and foe that comes in their path. Here are the five best Shaolin Kung Fu movies:

  1. "War of the Shaolin Temple" (1980). The advancing Manchu army seeks to destroy the temple and its 3,000 inhabitants without mercy. The monks decide to confront the foreign army in a series of one-on-one duels to the death.
  2. "The Shaolin Temple" (1982). Jet Li starred in this martial arts movie of intrigue about the assassination of the Tang emperor by a traitorous general. One of his slave workers flees to a Shaolin Temple and learns Kung Fu in order to avenge the death of his master.
  3. "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" (1978). A young man survives an attack by the Manchus and devotes his life to learning the martial arts with deadly precision. He takes his newfound knowledge and goes out on a quest for revenge against the Manchus.
  4. "Five Masters of Death" (1974). Fellow patriots escape the horrific attack on the Shaolin Temple by the Qing army. They return to the charred ruins of the temple to hone their skills and seek revenge against the Qing's best warriors. 
  5. "Shaolin Soccer" (2001). A recluse from soccer hooks up with a Shaolin Kung Fu student who travels the land to teach martial arts. They combine their skills to create a unique form of soccer to compete against the best in the field.
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