China's last imperial Dynasty has fallen and a ruthless warlord (Andy Lau) amasses a vast fortune through the violent subjugation of his people. Faced with a brutal betrayal, he runs for his life, seeking redemption in the fabled Shaolin Temple. When his enemies discover his location, he must stand with his new brothers and fight his life's greatest battle.
Based on the famous Jet Li movie The Shaolin Temple, Shaolin tells the story of a man hiding out in a Buddhist temple that is converted and becomes a religious hero.
The man, played by Andy Lau, is a Chinese warlord in the 1920’s who is redeemed by his experience in the temple and the movie plays the religious Zen Buddhist and redemption aspect a little to hard for this sceptic.
However the period aspect of the movie is handled well and the action is certainly non stop, which is as to be expected when the action chirographer/director of The Transporter was involved. By the close of the movie however it is a fairly straight forward martial arts movie, with all the beauty and epic drama of the genre. For fans of the genre it will be perfectly satisfactory, but a fair warning, don’t expect too much from the piece and you won’t be disappointed.