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Film Review: Executioners from Shaolin 洪熙官(1977) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Executioners from Shaolin 洪熙官(1977) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)

“Executioners from Shaolin” is a comedic and action-packed kung fu film directed by Lau Kar Leung. This Shaw Brothers production showcases the director's inspired effort in blending humor and martial arts seamlessly. The film tells a multi-generational story of revenge, pitting the disciples of Shaolin against Pai Mei, the founder of Pai Mei kung fu.

Lau Kar Leung's ability to infuse humor into the narrative is a notable strength of the film. The comedic elements provide a refreshing break from the intense action sequences, while still maintaining a cohesive and engaging storyline. The director's versatility in capturing different tones is evident throughout.

The training montage routine in “Executioners from Shaolin” is visually striking and captivating. It effectively conveys the dedication and discipline required to master kung fu, allowing the audience to witness the characters' growth and development. This sequence adds depth to the film and enhances the viewers' appreciation for the martial arts.

The performances by the cast, including Chen Kuan-tai, Li-Li Li, Wong Yue, Lo Lieh, and Gordon Liu, are commendable. Each actor brings charisma and skill to their respective roles, adding authenticity to the characters. The cameo appearance by singer Dave Wong as a young child adds an unexpected touch to the film.

“Executioners from Shaolin” remains an enjoyable and well-crafted film. It successfully combines comedy, action, and philosophy, providing insight into the world of kung fu. Lau Kar Leung's directorial skills shine through, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre.


I rated it 8/10


Reviewed as part of Shawscope Volume 1 Limited Edition Blu Ray Set (Digitally restored in 2K format)

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