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.

In the background is a TV, and on it is showing a martial arts movie.


Who is quietly settling into a shadowy corner of the garage, watching Drew.


As he continues to move around the workout area, his arms and body moving as he tries to match the movements on the TV.

Suddenly, Kwan jumps out of the shadows, attacking. Drew reacts instantly, evading the attack, the wax sloshing around in the bowls but not spilling (INSERT SHOT HERE). Kwan continues the attack, and Drew evades, their movements matching the movements on the TV almost move for move. It is a beautiful ballet, and Drew ends it by sweeping Kwan down to the ground. When Kwan hits the ground, hard, his face is lit by the TV screen.


Who, for the first time, sees that it is Kwan.



He hurries over to his master, a concerned look on his face.

He leans down to help Kwan up, forgetting about the bowls of hot wax. It pours down on Kwan, scalding him, as well as running down Drew's chest. Kwan struggles to get up, while at the same time trying to wipe the hot wax off.


Master Kwan! I'm sorry, very sorry!



I'm OK, never mind! What are you doing anyway?


Is taking the glued-on cups of wax off his shoulders, while peeling the already hard wax off his chest.


Practicing. I saw it in this movie...

Kwan shakes his head and walks over to Drew, standing in front of him.


Why didn't you come to class? Why waste time with this... Should study tapes of opponent.

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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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