Shaolin vs Lama (1983, Taiwan). Director: Lee Tso-Nan. Action director: Peng Kang.
Full movie, English-dubbed version. I posted scenes from this movie on page 7 of this thread; but since I mentioned it in my last post, I decided to post it in its entirety. This version is full-screen and parts of the picture are cut out. Unfortunately, this is the best and most complete version of the full movie currently online. The widescreen version(s) posted are scratchy, contain some skips, and the picture isn’t as clear. Also, some of the nighttime scenes in this version are a little too dark, something that wasn’t a problem when the movie was shown in theaters, nor in the version I own on DVD. However, it shouldn’t interfere with one’s enjoyment of it, as the fight scenes are clearly shown.
This was Alexander Lo Rei’s (identified in the opening credits as Lo Jui) best movie. He has stated that it “almost killed him,” because he would get up early, run six miles, lift weights at a gym, and practice before going to the set all day, every day. The humidity in Taiwan can be brutal.
This movie’s villain, played by Chang Shan, possesses the skill of Jin Zhong Zhao (Golden Bell Cover), which, like villains in other movies with similar invincibility skills, always contains one built-in secret weak point. In the original Mandarin language version, his special ability is specifically referred to as “Jin Zhong Zhao”. The metallic sound when Chang Shan’s character is hit is strictly for cinematic effect, indicating that his skill is being activated, since he is obviously not covered in metal. IMO, Chang Shan steals the show a bit from leading man Alexander Lo Rei.
IMO, Shaolin vs Lama was one of the best Taiwan-made kung fu movies, action-wise, and it was among the last of the great period kung fu films made in Taiwan. This movie also has a cult following among hard-core kung fu movie fans. It was reported that when Shaolin vs Lama played at a theater on NYC’s 42nd Street back in the ‘80s, Mike Tyson went to see it no less than five times.
A side note: When I was in Taiwan in the ‘80s, a group of us were training kung fu in a park one day, and two men approached us and asked if we wanted to be in a movie. They gave us all their business card (there were five of us). I thought they seemed a bit shady, and I never followed up, but three of the other guys did. I eventually saw the movie, and unexpectedly, it was the one with them in it. They ended up appearing onscreen (very briefly), as attackers getting beaten up by Alexander Lo Rei in a parking garage. So I just missed an opportunity to get beaten up in a movie by Alexander Lo Rei.
I have no recollection of the title of that movie, only that it was modern-day action (as opposed to a period kung fu film).
Shaolin vs Lama is chock full of fight scenes and training sequences, but I’m only highlighting a few of the fight scenes.
(From 1:45); Opening fight: Alexander Lo Rei vs Wang Chi-Sheng:
(From 13:00); Fight with monk: Sun Jung-Chi vs Alexander Lo Rei. (Note: You couldn’t pay me enough money to do what Alexander Lo Rei had to do @ 14:36):
(From 43:15); Alexander Lo Rei vs Ching Kuo-Chung; Li Wei-Yun vs Li Min-Lang; Chang Shan vs Alexander Lo Rei:
(From 58:05): Chang Shan vs Alexander Lo Rei & Sun Jung-Chi:
(From 121:20): Final fights: Chang Shan vs Chang Chi-Ping; Yang Hsiung vs Li Min-Lang & Ching Kuo-Chung; Alexander Lo Rei & William Yen vs Chang Shan: