Shaolin vs. Lama (1983)

Shaolin vs. Lama (1983)

Directed by: Tso Nam Lee

Starring: Alexander Lou, William Yen, Chi Ping Chang

Before you ask, no, I’m not going to do any lama/llama jokes, so you don’t have to worry about that unpleasantness seeping in this review. Also, it has pretty much nothing at all to do with the fact that I couldn’t think of any good ones.

There’s this guy who wants to learn kung fu, so he goes around to teachers and fights them to see if they have anything to teach him. He finally comes across one who just beats the shit out of him, but he turns out to be an elderly Shaolin monk. After much haranguing, he’s finally allowed to join the temple and learn kung fu, mostly so he can fight this ex-monk who’s a big jerk and who wants to destroy the Shaolin temple forever.

The old master character in this film is great. He eats whole chickens and drinks huge jugs of wine (neither of which are kosher with being a Buddhist monk) and basically acts like an angry, drunk Yoda. In hindsight, it’s no wonder I loved the guy.


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