American Shaolin script
Synopsis: After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into "Karate Kid" territory where the novice humiliates himself at every turn, is tolerated as a foreigner, and still comes out a champion. The monastery teaches non-violence, but everyone knows that sooner or later the student will catch up with the bad guy.

KWAN (CONT'D)

Never in my days at the Shaolin Temple have I seen uniform as beautiful as this. Thank you, Mrs. Rodriguez. I wish Drew were here to thank you himself. Ta ma de!

This last he says looking at the empty door.

MOTHER:

I only hope it brings him luck in the tournament.

KWAN:

Luck is no concern, Mrs. Rodriguez. Shaolin warriors depend on heart and soul – that's how they saved the T'ang emporer.

He looks again at the door, then claps his hands together, gathering his students around him.

KWAN (CONT'D)

Xie Xie, Mrs. Rodriguez.

(to class)

During my time training at the Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of the martial arts, I was lucky (glance at Mrs. Rodriguez)... er... fortunate to have the best instructors in the world train me. But, there was also time for individual trainingwhere skills were honed like the blade of a sword. Now, it is that time for you.

He turns to go.

One of the students, before he can leave, clears his throat.

STUDENT 2

What do you want us to do?

KWAN:

When the blind follow the blind, they both fall over the cliff. Understand?

STUDENT 2

No.

The others mutter "No" and shake their heads, confused.

KWAN:

No matter.

He exits, leaving his students staring vacantly after him.

They look at each other, honestly not knowing what to do.

EXT. DREW GARAGESAME NIGHT

ESTABLISHING SHOT OF OLD GARAGE.

It is kind of spooky, and there are no lights on outside. There is candlelight inside, and it is moving around – an effect not unlike a ghost carrying a candelabra.

INT. DREW GARAGESAME NIGHT

ESTABLISHING SHOT OF INTERIOR.

The area is dilapidated, but very clean, with all kinds of kung fu and Chinese paraphenalia lying around. Around the corner comes the spooky light, and (with music building to a crescendo), we see DREW CARSON, a muscular 16/17 year old, bowls of flaming wax on his bare shoulders, moving through the garage, practicing his kung fu maneuvers. He is kicking, punching, etc., occasionally spilling hot wax on his skin (INSERT).

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Keith W. Strandberg

Keith W. Strandberg is a writer and producer, known for No Retreat, No Surrender (1986), The King of the Kickboxers (1990) and American Shaolin (1991). He has been married to Sophie Furley-Strandberg since July 21, 2007. They have five children. more…

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