ABBOT OF SHAOLIN (slice of death; shaolin abbot; shao lin ying xiong bang) (1979 HONG KONG) D: HO MENG HUA W: I. KUANG P: RUN RUN SHAW
David Chiang is at his best in this kung fu production from the writer/Director team behind THE FLYING GUILLOTINE. He plays a Shaolin Monk determined to rebuild the Shaolin temple after it was destroyed by the Qing Dynasty. Lo Lieh is a villainous white haired ex-Shaolin monk who's sided with the Qing to destroy the Shaolin rebels. Tang Te Hsiang was the Choreographer, and the fight scenes (and training scenes) are first class. Minor quibble: the final Chiang/Lieh face-off is too short. Otherwise, highly recommended. With Norman Chu, Lily Li, Goo Goon Chung, Ching Miu, Yeung Chi Hing, Kong Do and Chan Shen.

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