Executioners From Shaolin

 (122)7.01 h 36 min1977R
Critics called this the preeminent kung-fu director's greatest film on the themes of history, martial arts, and family... and they were right. By filling this version of the Shaolin revenge story with brilliant, unforgettable sequences, director Liu has out-done himself...as usual!
Liu Chia-liang
Chen Kuan-taiWang YueLo Lieh
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Lily LiCheng Kang-yeh
Runme Shaw
Celestial Pictures Limited
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Pavel TsinbergReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
... all the comments proclaiming this as one of the greatest Kung-Fu classics
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Don't agree at all with all the comments proclaiming this as one of the greatest Kung-Fu classics. While Pai Mei is excellent, as we expect from most of Lo Lieh's work, the rest of the movie is just blah. Fights are boring, slow, lack pizzazz. The hero is lame, story boggs down all the time with needless drama and comedy. The final fight is pointless and ends midsequence.

The sequel/remake is so much superior that watching this version is just pointless. Skip it, and go straight to Gordon Liu's Clan of the White Lotus.
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K. VilenchitzReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Shaw Brothers, a little low on action
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Executioners from Shaolin has all the trappings of a classic Shaw Brothers film, but I was a tad disappointed by the large breaks in the action sequences. A large chunk of the film revolves around the lightning fast courtship, wedding, and subsequent child rearing of Hung Hsi Kuan and Lily Li. Oddly edited without transitions or conventional "5 months later" , "10 years later" type cards, you have to sort of roll with the punches ( yeah, I said it ) but it's well worth the ride.

Essentially the film is building up to a series of fights with Pai Mei and these are the moments you buy the DVD for, and they are well worth it. You can easily see why Tarantino wanted to include the character in his own Kill Bill films.

As for the DVD's presentation, it's really flawless. The audio is crisp and clean, the dubs are classic, all the fight sounds are included and visually it looks as though you're looking at the first print of the film! The only thing you could as for aside from that (considering that the film is shot well before the concept of DVD extras) are trailers, and there are a few included.
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ELKIN B RIVASReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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[[ASIN:B00V3HZ0VI Executioners From Shaolin]]

OK i love kung fu movies and this is one i watched as a kid in the movie theater that would show martial arts movies every weekend. this bring back memories of my younger brother and I coming out of the movie pretending to be kung fu artists, yelling "hi ya" and kicking and punching as we walked home. This movie has always stayed in my head and i use to search for it on line . Its a great movie.
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MantisReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
If only he'd learned his wife's Crane style
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What can you say about a classic? I've owned this movie for a long time and bought it again when I saw it was remastered. The only flaw in this movie is that there aren't enough fights. The story is interesting and easy to follow with Chen Kuan Tai as the legendary Hung Hsi Kuan who escapes the burning Shaolin temple, marries Lily Li, an expert at Crane style and tries to perfect his own Tiger style to take revenge on the white-eyebrow priest, Pai Mei (Lo Lieh).

This is also (one of) the legend(s) of how Hung-Gar kung fu came to be. The style practiced by the illustrious Wong Fei Hung and the film's director, Lau Kar Leung.

The presentation is nice and clean and makes a big difference. It's not quite as crisp as some of Shaw's other restorations but I can't possibly imagine anyone complaining about it. This movie is also proof that refinement and beauty still existed in the popular culture of the 70's. Recommended.

1977. aka: Executioners of Death
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T.W.Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Worth a watch if you're into Kung Fu movies. One of the originals.
JayReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I like that Amazon have the old Kung Fu films on ...
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Classic New York City channel 5 Kung Fu pictures. I like that Amazon have the old Kung Fu films on here. And they are very sharp and clear.
JoetheoryReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020
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Been waiting for awhile to see this,beautiful movie.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2018
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Five Stars
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Classic in all forms....(kinda) different than fist of white lotus but not by much
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