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Shaolin

3

A drawn-out voyage of discovery for Andy Lau

Shaolin review

This epic drama plays like an ad for China’s famous, fly-kicking Shaolin monks.

It’s no chop-socky punch-up but a prestige outing about a ‘20s Chinese warlord (Andy Lau) who finds redemption at the Buddhist temple where Jackie Chan works as a stir-fry cook.

Like a martial arts Dr Zhivago, it’s sweeping, sentimental and largely dull.

Two discs of extras pack less punch than the Seven Star Fists – bland interviews extolling the virtues of Zen Buddhism, and throwaway featurettes.

Give us Jet Li’s action-packed Shaolin Temple any day.

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