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Film Review: Shaolin Wooden Men (少林木人巷) (1976) (Blu Ray) (88 Films)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: Shaolin Wooden Men (少林木人巷) (1976) (Blu Ray) (88 Films)

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)

“Shaolin Wooden Men”, directed by Chen Chi-Hwa and starring Jackie Chan, is a 1976 Hong Kong action film that showcases Chan's extraordinary kung fu talent. Set in the post-Bruce Lee era, the movie was produced at Lo Wei's studio at Golden Harvest. With its emphasis on Chan's physical abilities and Chen's creative direction, “Shaolin Wooden Men” stands out as a remarkable martial arts film.

Chen Chi-Hwa's directorial vision brings a fresh perspective to the fight sequences in the film. His innovative use of camera angles adds intensity and impact to Chan's impressive martial arts skills. From start to finish, Chan's dedication and expertise are on full display, captivating the audience with his lightning-fast strikes, acrobatics, and impeccable timing.

Unlike some of Chan's later comedic works, “Shaolin Wooden Men” focuses primarily on action and martial arts. The film allows Chan to explore the boundaries of his abilities, showcasing his agility and athleticism in meticulously choreographed fight scenes. The simplicity of the plot is balanced by Chan's portrayal of a determined young martial artist, adding emotional depth to the story.

“Shaolin Wooden Men” holds significant importance in Jackie Chan's early career, solidifying his position as a prominent figure in martial arts cinema. It serves as a bridge between the era of Bruce Lee and the rise of Jackie Chan, setting the stage for his future success.

With its creative fight sequences, innovative direction, and Jackie Chan's exceptional skills, “Shaolin Wooden Men” is a must-watch for fans of martial arts cinema. This early gem in Chan's filmography deserves recognition, and standing as a testament to Chan's enduring legacy in the genre.


I rated it 8/10


Reviewed on 2K restored Blu Ray format

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