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Shaolin Intruders

Reviewed by: Chungking_Cash
Date: 06/11/2009

Tong Gai's sophomore offering "Shaolin Intruders" is the middle entry in a trio of martial arts pictures the action choreographer helmed for Shaw Brothers. Tong, who didn't give up his day job -- lending to the film's many impressive gung fu elaborations -- paces his narrative as if he were directing a 90 minute action sequence. Though it took four writers to conjure up what amounts to little more than a conventional Shaw Brothers yellow robe opera Tong sees to it that you never have to look at your watch. Future romance director Derek Yee stars.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 12/31/2008
Summary: One of the best!

Shaolin Intruders is one of the best martial arts films. Master action director Tong Gai turns director and uses every trick in the Shaw Bros. book which, by the way, he wrote along with master Liu Chia-Liang. Don't miss this show; now available on a nice R1 DVD.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 01/18/2006
Summary: Good

Another mystery martial arts movie which SB does well.
Just when you think the movie is over, the plot thickens!!
Jason Pai Piao is the obvious stand out, though i am not sure whether i like his character or find it annoying.
The action is also a stand out, it is chorographed better than your average SB movie.
Worth watching

Reviewer Score: 7

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 12/29/2005
Summary: 9/10 - Tang Chia exceeds expectations

Tang Chia's second film as director is a wonderful fusion of Gu Long-style wu xia detective fiction and kung-fu comedy, with about 50% action content featuring some of the most fantastic choreography I've ever witnessed (including some very progressive elements that recall some 90's Wo Ping work, along with a lot of more "old-school" kung fu action). It ranks right up there with Eight Diagram Pole Fighter as a swan song for the Shaw Brothers martial arts film.

The film features a solid script, with some well-developed characters, though it can't be said to have great depth or complexity (of the emotional sort). It's definitely a genre film, but an exceptionally good representation of the genre. Tang Chia assembled a crack team of action directors with different specialities to choreograph the many fight scenes, meaning that you get a sprinkling of everything that martial arts choreography has to offer. There's some fantastical elements with wires and intriguing weaponry, and other scenes of pure kung fu choreographed with the intricacy, speed and imagination that you'd normally only expect from a Lau Kar Leung or Sammo Hung film of the era. I don't recall Derek Yee or Jason Pai Piao ever looking as good as they do here, and lead actress Liu Yu-Po makes a strong impression as well. It's really a film that makes everybody look good though, with Phillip Ko Fei perhaps taking the absolute top honour for performance in a fight scene.

SHAOLIN INTRUDERS doesn't seem to be a well known film, so I can only assume it's been hard to come by until Celestial's recent release (a decent remaster let down by PAL->NTSC conversion and tinkering with the soundtrack on the DVD). Coming so late in the Shaws releases it'll probably still not capture the attention of the general public, but it's sure to make many kung fu fans happy :)

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: pjshimmer
Date: 11/17/2002
Summary: Tang Chia does it again

Basically a remake of Shaolin Prince. Erh Tung Sheng goes through the exact same obstacles here as in the former.


Reviewed by: mpongpun
Date: 09/03/2002

What can I say? This is a surprisingly good flick directed by Tang Chia. The story is pretty good with lots of gung fu featuring a little dose of wire fu. The plot is about some renegade Monks who are killing off a whole Escort service teams and then making off with their treasures. We later find out that all the killing and looting is a small part of grand design concocted by a Monk (Phillip Ko) who is out to even the score with some folks who tried to take his life and happen to kill his wife. This flick has plenty of action. You’ll see some Shadow sword and boxing (Derek Yee), flying blades by Yeh Shing Wa (Lau Yau Pok), some pole fighting, and burning arrows (by Kwan Feng). This flick is a hidden Shaw classic.

Reviewed by: MasterArts
Date: 03/06/2002
Summary: A Shaw Bros. great.

Definitely one of the better Shaw bros. flick. Although there are lots of Shaws that I haven't seen yet. Good story line that has monks murdering and robbing people, only to find out that theres bigger scheme in the end. With lots of action, from hand to hand, swords, burning arrows, and devil blades. Thats right, the same as Fu Sheng from Avenging eagle. Except in here, a girl uses them. Her skills are very limited, but this director uses perfect angles and wire works to hide the flaws. Showcases Jason Pai Piao and Derek yee as good as anywhere. Pai Piao became one of my favorite characters from this movie alone. He plays much better roles as a swordsman, but displays some patented moves here. Overall, this one is one of my faves.