2 Champions of Shaolin
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|2 Champions Of Shaolin|
|Directed by||Chang Cheh|
|Produced by||Mona Fong|
2 Champions of Shaolin (少林與武當 Shàolín Yǔ Wǔdāng) is a 1980 Shaw Brothers film directed by Chang Cheh. Starring the Venoms, it continues the then-popular theme of feuds between Shaolin and Wudang. Rumors suggest that a rift was occurring between Kuo Chui and Lu Feng over choreography credits in previous films thus they came to an agreement that Kuo Chui would sit out 2 Champions of Shaolin and Lu Feng will sit out a later film, thus giving the role usually filled by Kuo to Lo Mang. The film was digitally enhanced by Joseph Kahn for the Chemical Brothers' music video "Get Yourself High".
Two young warriors from the rebel Shaolin Clan are engaged in a deadly secret mission that could bring down the empire. Tung Chien-chen is the "Shaolin Hercules", who is sent from Shaolin to take revenge on the local Wudang experts. Li Detong and Li Pashan are the Wudang chiefs who attempt to kill Tung using li Detong's throwing knives technique after meeting him in a restaurant. Tung barely escapes and meets up with Chin Tailei and his sister who teach him a special kungfu to counter knives. He eventually meets up with Hu Wei-chen who is another Shaolin student. Wei Sing-hung is the son of a Ming general who was adopted by Wudang, but in his heart he supports Shaolin and frequently questions why the Wudang sect supports the Qing but is usually hushed quickly by his masters. His love interest is Wang Li's daughter, Li Erh-wan.
Pashan sends Detong to kill Tung. However Tung, Tailei, and Wei-chen end up killing him, forcing Wudang to take revenge. Tung plans to marry Chin Tailei's sister but after getting drunk and the wedding raided by the Wudang, Chin and his sister are killed, Tung is kidnapped and Wei-chen is too inebriated to help defend. Wei Sing secretly meets up with Wei-chen, then frees Tung and allows him to escape but is found out by Li Erh-wan when he unknowingly leaves his dagger behind forcing a rift between them. Tung, realizing his wife is dead is down in the dumps and seems to have lost his will to fight until his brothers bring him back to reality. Tung and the other Shaolin men visit his wife's grave and meet up with a wandering scholar, Kow Xuewen and his three servants. They immediately befriend Tung and Wei-chen. Kow occasionally brings them food and gifts, and discusses martial arts with them. Kow Xuewen is secretly a Qing government official, Kow Chinchong, who uses the monkey sword style and his servants use the monkey poles. They are planning to ambush the Shaolin men.
Wei Sing finds out about the plan, and sides with Tung and Hu Wei-chen. All the men end up in a battle at a local tea house. Tung and Wei-chen kill Kow Chinchong and his servants (being killed themselves in the process) and Wei Sing kills Li Pashan. Erh-wan arrives just as Wei kills her uncle, forcing Wei to kill himself.
- Lu Feng as Kow Xuewen/Kow Chinchong
- Lo Meng as Tung Chien-chen
- Chiang Sheng as Hu Wei-chen
- Chin Siu-Hou as Wei Sing-hung
- Wang Li as Li Pashan
- Yu Tai-Ping as Li Detong
- Sun Chien as Chin Tailei
- Ching Li
- Wen Hsueh Erh as Li Erh-wan