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龍在少林 (1996)
Dragon in Shaolin

Reviewed by: Chungking_Cash
Date: 11/03/2008

One of the worst feelings you could ever have during the first five minutes of a film is knowing you are in for 85 more. "Dragon in Shaolin" is that film. It's uninspired, cheap, humiliating, and without any thrills to speak of. Veteran martial artists Kara Hui and Yuen Biao couldn’t have stooped lower if they tried.

Reviewer Score: 1

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 07/27/2005
Summary: Less than average and tiresome...

Dragon from Shaolin is a light-hearted action adventure, meant to showcase the talents of the young martial artist Sik Liu Lung and provide a solid supporting role for Yuen Biao. Liu Lung plays Siu-lone, a young shaolin monk whose master decides he must go out and see the real world, hopefully enabling him to find Buddha’s path along his journey. The master sends along two other monks to protect him, but they are lost almost immediately after arriving in the city. Lost and scared, Siu-lone befriends a young, street-savy urchin nicknamed Little Bully (Kok Siu Man) and eventually they run into a man named Shan (Yuen Biao in an Indiana Jones type role). Siu-lone becomes convinced that he is his guide to find Buddha (predominantly because Shan is returning a golden Buddha head to a statue in Northern China) and convinces him to let them follow him on his trip. Along the way the three are joined by Siu-suen (Vivian Hsu), a pickpocket who has taken refuge in Shan’s jeep to escape her pimp. As they are returning the Buddha head, Shan is chased by a group of shady international art dealers (seemingly led by Shan’s brother) who want to add the head to their private collection. Fists fly as Shan and Siu-lone battle the dealers in order to return the head to its rightful place.

Although this movie seems to be geared towards families, there are some odd scenes that really don’t fit in for that type of film. One that really stands out is when Siu-lone and Little Bully put on a street show in order to raise money. After Siu-lone’s martial arts exhibition, Little Bully breaks out what he calls the “Invincible Little Dicky”, in which he attaches a brick to his penis and swings it around. Not quite what you’d expect, especially when they actually show the 10-year old’s penis attached to the brick!?!?!? The movie itself is a complete mess, with a shabby plot and poor acting. Yuen Biao is decent, but he honestly has nothing to work with while Kok Siu Man (Little Bully) is funny for about 2 minutes and then becomes completely tiresome. You can tell he gets easily distracted, as he constantly waddles around during his scenes and over-exaggerates his lines. Granted he is young, but Sik Siu Lung (the other young actor/martial artist) is quite good in his role and shows that a decent acting job can be had. The martial arts are average, with many of Siu Lung’s scenes speeded up to compensate for his less than lightning quick moves, and not enough Yuen Biao scenes. It would be best to avoid this movie, as it doesn’t bring anything new or interesting to the table.

Reviewer Score: 3

Reviewed by: degeneration
Date: 07/12/2002
Summary: Avoid...

This is one disturbing film... in the sense that it pays too much attention to one little kid and his penis... First he swings a rock tied to a string, tied to his penis, around in circles, which quite disturbingly the audience he is performing for seem to really really enjoy, then later you see him urinate into a bucket under a table, while drinking something like 10 pints of beer. Actually seeing the penis urinate was something I could happily hve lived without.

As for the rest of the film, the fight scenes really aren't up to much, the humour is not that funny, and as a film it is quite ridiculous.

I'm now trying to off-load my dvd of this film... anyone want it?

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 04/15/2002
Summary: Poor

As everyone else said,it's plain boring, standard action, poor story and unoriginal plot.

Rating: 2/5

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 05/05/2001
Summary: Boring

What a shame, this movie was unfunny and the action BORING!! Just boring to watch, AARRRGGGHH!!!


Reviewed by: hktopten
Date: 12/21/1999

Was it me or did Jackie and Samo shrink since I last saw them?Yuen Biao leads a rag tag crew as the Indiana Jones clone; his brother, played by the always scene stealing Tsui Kam Kong, is the apparent money hungry bad guy. In the tradition of Chu Yin Ping's Shaolin Kids films, this film has some Wong Jing-esque crass humor but not enough to be grotesque. Tsui Yeuk Suen wasn't bad as the flower vase character, an illiterate thief who falls for Yuen Biao. She is playing cute all the way to Japan now. Ok if you are bored.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

Trust me, just run away from this film. Unless the child is Tze Mui, don't go for the "bad-ass-kung-fu-kid" movie. This film was horrible. And that's all I have to say about that.


[Reviewed by Dale Whitehouse]

Reviewed by: spinali
Date: 12/08/1999
Summary: NULL

It must be Buddha's will: a little Shaolin monk gets separated from his elders on a trip to HK, and therein meets Harrison Ford-like Yuen Biao (even the clothes are a dupe), whose ownership of the first Buddha's Head makes him a object of his brother's evil plotting. The little monk makes friends with an obnoxious toddler (who makes money with his Super Dickey trick -- tying a boulder to his penis and twirling around in a circle, delighting the crowds), and a cute teenager who's been sent after the head (the Buddha's Head, that is). Lovely photography, a total mess of a plot. This movie was clearly produced by spiritual masters intent on testing our powers of endurance and concentration. Twice, I almost left the auditorium.


[Reviewed by Steve Spinali]

Reviewer Score: 2