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Huo shao shao lin si (1976) Online
Original Title :
Huo shao shao lin si
Genre :
Movie / Action / Drama / War
Year :
Directror :
Joseph Kuo
Cast :
Carter Wong,Ling Chia,Yi Chang
Writer :
Ming Chien Hsu,Joseph Kuo
Type :
Time :
1h 28min
Rating :
Huo shao shao lin si (1976) Online

In an attempt to eliminate all possible nationalist fractions, the Ching Emperor (Wong) orders the destruction of the Shaolin Temple - considered the focus of anti-Manchurian resistance. As the temple burns, the surviving 106 Shaolin disciples vow to penetrate the Imperial Palace and take ultimate revenge on the tyrant.
Credited cast:
Carter Wong Carter Wong
Ling Chia Ling Chia - (as Jia Ling)
Yi Chang Yi Chang
Kang Chin Kang Chin
David Wei Tang David Wei Tang
Barry Chan Barry Chan - (as Wei Tzu Wen)
Lung Huang Lung Huang - (as Shao-Fu Nan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ah-Hsiung Ah-Hsiung
Ah-Hui Ah-Hui
Ah-Wei Ah-Wei
Chung-Kuei Chang Chung-Kuei Chang
Mei-Yi Chang Mei-Yi Chang
Pao-Shan Chang Pao-Shan Chang
Chia Kai Chen Chia Kai Chen
Chiu Chen Chiu Chen

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BLAZING TEMPLE (1976) is another film in producer/director Joseph Kuo's series of Shaolin Temple-themed films, starting with EIGHTEEN BRONZEMEN (1976), which showcase the 18 Bronze Men who offer kung fu challenges to graduating Shaolin monks. Carter Wong stars in each film, but plays a different character each time. Here he is one of a group of about 20 Shaolin student-monks who escape after the temple is burned to the ground following an assault by the forces of Emperor Yungzheng in the early stages of the Manchurian-backed Qing Dynasty. Some of the students try to escape by fighting their way through the Bronze Men, who, instead of escaping themselves, presumably burn up in the fire. Before the temple's Abbot dies, he bestows on Carter the honor of safekeeping the sacred scroll containing the 18 Lessons of Buddha and being the only one to learn the lessons. While on the run, Carter and his brother monks make it their goal to attempt the assassination of the Emperor, all while trying to find suitable hiding places from the ever-vigilant pursuing Qing troops. At the same time, a beautiful female fighter named Outlaw Lui (played by Chia Ling/aka Judy Lee) has her own plans to assassinate the emperor. It all culminates in a massive raid by the Shaolin men on the Emperor's lakeside vacation pavilion.

The film is beautifully photographed, with lavish sets and stunning costumes. This is one of the few Shaolin Temple films to stage the burning of the temple on elaborate miniature sets. The fights, though few in number, are well-staged, with Carter and some of the other performers given an opportunity to show their swordplay techniques rather than their kung fu. The action consists mostly of running, hiding, and running again.

The chief problem is an awkward plot structure made worse by disjointed editing that never quite shows everything that needs to be seen. Judy Lee's character, Outlaw Lui, dominates the action at the very beginning and then disappears for most of the film, which subsequently has little, if any, connection to her plot thread. And since Judy is such a dynamic, striking performer, her absence is sorely missed. Carter Wong is very good, as usual, except that he's not really the main character among the Shaolin men, who function as a group with no one character dominating the action. As a result, Carter doesn't get the screen time he gets in the other Kuo/Shaolin films. Also, even though he's charged with learning the 18 Lessons, we never actually see him in his secret training, so when he finally unleashes his newly acquired power, it comes as a big surprise to us. One of the inviolable rules of the kung fu genre is to always show us the training.

None of the films in this Shaolin/Bronzemen series are exactly related, plotwise, although a case can be made that BLAZING TEMPLE is, in fact, a direct sequel to RETURN OF THE EIGHTEEN BRONZEMEN (aka 18 BRONZEMEN 2), which had ended with the corrupt Qing Emperor (played in that film by Carter Wong) ordering the burning of Shaolin. The films mainly serve as an opportunity to revisit the same material and come up with variations on a theme. The other films in the series include THE 18 BRONZEMEN (listed on IMDB as EIGHTEEN BRONZEMEN) and EIGHT MASTERS (aka 18 BRONZEMEN 3).


Better than average martial arts film concerning the Emperor versus the Shaolin monks. The Emperor fears the monks will destroy his power and burns their temple in the hopes of wiping out their order. Of course it doesn't work and only manges to get them angrier.

Somehow connected to earlier films this is a good little film that works fine on its own terms. Its packed with action and drama and never really stops moving for a second. I was just going to take a quick look at the disc to make sure it worked and the next thing I knew I was 25 minutes in. This is a rainy day popcorn film. Best of all is the beauty of the fights which wonderfully link the violence with ballet.

This is one to see if you run across it.


It was only after watching that I had any idea that THE BLAZING TEMPLE is actually the third part of a film trilogy by director Joseph Kuo, following on from 18 BRONZEMEN and 18 BRONZEMEN PART II. I've seen those two predecessors and I didn't like them very much. Despite an interesting theme, they're pretty boring movies. Carter Wong is the linking actor in all three films, a serviceable action star who holds his own in the fight stakes, but the twist is that he plays a different character in each film.

The plot is also loosely linked, and THE BLAZING TEMPLE in particular stands out as an individual movie unlinked to the others. It actually turns out to be a bloody good little film, packed to the brim with strong characters, well choreographed scenes of battle and action and plenty of special effects along the way as well. Basically, once the film starts it never lets up. We're briefly introduced to the shaven-headed monks of the Shaolin Temple and their abbot leaders, along with a merciless emperor and his entourage. The title refers to an extended set-piece that takes place around the halfway mark, in which the temple is attacked, burned and razed to the ground, with many of the peaceful monks burning alive inside. Of course, there are a few hardened survivors who go on to make it their business to seek vengeance, and that's where the climatic, large-scale battle comes in. The action is top notch throughout, very well choreographed and all with lots of different fighters with their own special abilities and skills.

The main reason I loved this film so much is that it seems influenced by a '30s serial, in which story is told via action and the scenes are always shifting. Take the bit in the underground passage, for instance, where the chief abbot holds up a massive boulder for an inordinate time and ends up killing himself in the process. Other fun elements include a female fighter who swoops through the air to behead her enemies; she comes out of nowhere at the climax and adds to the fun. There are other gory interludes such as torture, impalement and characters dying heroic deaths as they're slashed to death by multiple opponents. With the ensemble cast on show here, star Carter Wong doesn't seem to be on screen much, but he does have some fun with his '18 lessons' technique right at the climax. In any case this is a jolly good show.


The Shaolin Temple has burned to the ground in many movies but never in such a boring way. This version had all the star power and even a bit extra. Typically an all male cast, this version found room for Chia Ling but then didn't use her for any notable action sequences. The photography and costumes were at the highest level and that would be Shaw Brothers level. I'll never know for sure but I suspect it might have been filmed on Shaw sets and in Shaw costumes rented out daily. The evil emperor even has kung fu skills and a sword proof armor under his gowns. Then they forgot to film any real action. In the moment of heat, as the temple burns down, the head abbot holds a door open for about five minutes. He stands there holding the door open. Just stands there. Yawn. If you are a fan of kung fu movies of the golden age 1967- 1984 then you must watch this movie. Do your duty and be done with it. I can only rate it a 5/10 and I'm being generous.


A very valiant attempt to equal a Shaw Bros. production. Opulent sets, costumes and a lots of extras. The production company even claimed to have it's own version of ShawScope called "HouwaScope"! There's actually some reasonably good miniature special effects for an HK production.

The Manchus/Chings led by their ruthless emperor are on the offensive against all possible resistance. If that mean killing his sister's family, the Emperor is ready to do it. Well, sister isn't happy and she attempts to kill the Emperor but of course he's one of the baddest kung fu fighter in the land and wearing sword invincible armor. She escapes by jumping away swearing the she'll kill her older brother. Switch to Shaolin Temple as the monks try to formulate a plan against the imminent Ching army attack. The attack comes before they are ready and chaos ensues. A band of monks escape while other monks are killed by cannon fire or set themselves ablaze. The monk Siu (played by Carter Wong), is secretly given a set of scrolls, the 18 Buddha Movements, by the chief abbot, and told to memorize the scrolls then destroy them. Hunted after escaping the destruction of Shaolin Temple, the surviving monks decide to kill the Emperor. The rest of the film is their attempts to kill him.

The decent budget and large scale vision of the film is lost in a script that is about as unfocused as can be. The interesting thing is that the characters are all so well played by the actors, the lack of even one main character isn't as big a problem as it should have been. You are unfortunately left wanting to see more of the various characters. Nobody gets enough screen time. There are, however, some decently written scenes, the monks asking each other for the first time about the circumstances of their entrance into Shaolin for example, but the film keeps reeling from one situation to another. The burning of the temple is well done and has several striking images. I would guess that the filming was so rushed that even the writing couldn't go thru much revision. Once you see the finale you'll know what I'm talking about. The martial arts are decent but not amazing.

OK for light viewing, not good not bad.