for the uninitiated, it used to be in order to show a wide screen movie on television they had to use a technique called pan and scan which allowed a 2:35:1 aspect ratio movie to be shown on television in spite of it's 4:3 aspect ratio. at it's best pan and scan focused on the action well enough to allow the story to be told even though you didn't see up to 45% of the actual scenery.
unfortunately, this is one of the worst examples of pan and scan ever done- there are points in the movie where none of the actors are actually on screen. the pan and scan is focused in the middle of a scene where the actors are on either side of the footage. add to that a very poor transfer and the result is that many of the scenes, especially the ones set in night time, are too dark to even see what you're missing because of the pan and scan.
this is especially bad because tien peng, also known as roc tien, is one of the great actors of the kung fu genre and shaolin fox is perhaps his greatest role. this movie has it all- betrayal, love scorned, skullduggery, revenge, and humor. even so, with all it's faults it is still a classic and well worth suffering through the inferior transfer.