Can the evil warlord get the better of the Shaolin schools?
27 September, 2012
Nan Shao Lin yu bei Shao Lin or Invincible Shaolin, is a Shaw Brothers studio production, directed by Chang Cheh, the most reputed directors belonging to the house of Shaw Brothers. This is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film that foregrounds deceit, destruction, skill, vengeance and murder. A classic tale that revolves around the rivalries of the Qing Dynasty, this movie also features Wei Pai.
In a plot that showcases good against evil, the two opposing camps are framed by the dastardly acts of the warlord, General Pu, enacted by Lung Wei Wang. General Pu decides to rid the Qing Empire of the Shaolin masters by pitting the Northern and Southern Shaolin masters against one another. Renowned for their skill, dexterity and superior techniques, the Northern Shaolin masters comprise of the trio – Su Fong, known for his Whirlwind Kick, Yang Chung Fei for his Butterfly Pole technique and Pao Sen Tsao for his Chin Kan Palm. The first set of Southern Shaolin masters are entirely routed and defeated by the Northern trio, only to be brutally murdered by General Pu the same night.
The Northern Shaolin masters cannot fathom that they have killed the trio from the South and begin to wonder at their own power and strength, at the same time doubting if they have been framed by the General and his men. Not willing to accept defeat just yet, the Southern Shaolin school sends three more of their students to duel against the powerful and invincible Northern trio. Two of the students lose their lives honourably while fighting, and the third student flees the scene to inform his master about the martial arts techniques of the Northern trio.
A real match for the Northern trio, the new Southern trio learns feats and techniques to counter each style of the former trio. Ho Ying Wu masters the Fishtail Pole to counter the Butterfly Pole; Chu trains in the art of Mantis to thwart Chin Kan Palm and Wing Chun is learned by Mai Fong in order to defeat the Whirlwind Kick. With exceptional martial arts choreography, this film is an extravaganza of the battle between the North and South Shaolin schools.
The Southern trio train long and hard in order to combat and overthrow the Northern trio, while General Pu hopes to succeed in his evil plan. When the final showdown begins, both schools realize that they have been duped by the General and join forces to expel the General and his troops.
A film that is packed with 90 minutes of nail-biting martial action and Kung fu styles, this film is a must watch for all martial arts movie lovers!
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