Synopsis: China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters after killing a rival warlord on their temple grounds. But the glory comes before a fall. His own family is wiped out in an unexpected turn of events and Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords. They launch a daring plan of rescue and escape.
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Benny Chan
Production: Variance Films
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
131 min

During the nation's early years, powers compete to conquer China,

each furthering their own military reach and empire.

Warlords big and small side with foreigners at the expense of the people.

Endless battles turn the land into hell on earth.

Dengfeng, Henan.



Brother, we have a live one here.

Wake up!

Wake up!

Quickly! Don't let them escape!

After them!

Kill! Leave not one!

Sir, eat it slowly.

Eat it while it's hot.

Thank you.

Brother, yet another two hundred arrive.

Jingkong, winter will come soon.

Before the blizzards reach the mountain,

we must build more shelters.

We've already run out of wood and straw.

What else do you want me to build with?

Then take what we can out of our rooms

and give it to these people.

No way, I am deathly afraid of the cold.

Look at these mantou,

each day it gets smaller and smaller.

So we needn't worry about freezing to death.

Even before winter arrives,

You will have already starved to death.

After him!


Come out!

Out of the way! Bring him out!

- Stop!

- Don't move!

- You! Over here!

- Stop! Don't move!

- Don't move!

- Don't move!

Out of the way!

Out of the way!

You can't enter!


You can't enter!

Off the horse!

Off the horse!

Abbot, save me.

Stinkin' monks!

Commander Hou wants this man's head!

Those who harbour him will share in his crime!

I don't care who you are!

You will not disturb these grounds!

Come then.

Hey! Hey!

Save him and I'll send you

to meet the Buddha.

He's lost a lot of blood.

Quickly, get the haemostatic powder.

Yes, Abbot.

Commander Hou arrives!

These people have welcomed you

with a display of their Shaolin kungfu.

And you reply with guns?

You are without manners.

Commander Hou.

Sir, please don't move.

Abbot, you also don't move.

He's nearing death.

Help him, send him off.


Buddha sends the fated.

He has arrived,

even if it is on his last breath,

I must still help him.

I ask sir to show compassion.

No more meaningless deaths.

If he doesn't die,

I will not sleep easy.

When the heart is removed from dread,

dreams will no longer be troubled.

With a benevolent heart,

everywhere you go will be the Pure Land.

The Pure Land?

Abbot, you've stayed at Shaolin temple

for far too long, you're confused.

If I don't kill him,

the fighting will continue.

This will mean more killing.

How will we reach the Pure Land then?

Hou Jie.

I admit defeat.

Dengfeng City is already yours.

If you spare me...

I will give all my wealth and money to you.


Is the gold I buried.

Take it.

If you don't kill me, I promise...

I will never return.

Thank you, Abbot.

- Abbot!

- Abbot!



Defend the temple!

Jingneng, Jingkong, stand down.

A joyous arrival to a sad departure...

The void in our world is once again felt.

Would it not have been better

to have not come and gone...

To be free from happiness and sadness?



The Source of All Martial Arts ]

Empty words. ]

Big brother,

we are meeting with the foreigners tomorrow.

What for?

With proper funding,

we can buy many machine guns and cannons.

With it, we can take Zhengzhou.

More guns is good, but useless if you dont fire them.

Tell me, back at Shaolin, why didn't you fire?


Remember this, when you gain the upper hand...

And you hesitate a moment too long...

The one dead will be you.

Next time...

The next time I come across someone

standing in Brother's way...

I will definitely kill him.

Then you've learned.

Song Hu has already arrived.

That's "Commander Song".

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