Martial Arts of Shaolin

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Martial Arts of Shaolin
Original Hong Kong film poster
Traditional 南北少林
Simplified 南北少林
Mandarin Nánběi Shàolín
Cantonese Naam4 Bak1 Siu3 Lam4
Directed by Lau Kar-leung
Produced by Fu Qi
Written by Si Yeung-ping
Starring Jet Li
Huang Qiuyan
Hu Jianqiang
Yu Chenghui
Yu Hai
Music by James Wong
Romeo Diaz
Law Tik
Cinematography Tsao An-sung
Edited by Chiu Yan-tat
Chiu Po-lin
Shaw Brothers Studio
Pearl River Film
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release date
  • 1 February 1986 (1986-02-01)
Running time
89 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Box office HK$18,106,589

Martial Arts of Shaolin (Chinese: 南北少林, lit. "Southern and Northern Shaolin") aka Shaolin Temple 3: Martial Arts of Shaolin, is a 1986 Hong Kong martial arts film. It is notable as the only collaboration between film director Lau Kar-leung and actor Jet Li. The film was later released on Region 1 DVD by The Weinstein Company under the Dragon Dynasty imprint.


The film is the third part of the successful Shaolin film series which began with the 1982 film, Shaolin Temple, and was followed by Kids From Shaolin (1984). However, although it stars many Mainland actors from either or both predecessor films (Jet Li, Yu Chenghui, Yu Hai, Hu Jianqiang and Huang Qiuyan), Martial Arts Of Shaolin uses a Hong Kong production crew from Shaw Brothers Studio, in contrast to the other two films (which are Hong Kong-funded but are shot by a Mainland director with a Mainland crew).


  • Jet Li as Lin Zhi-ming
  • Huang Qiuyan as Si-ma Yan
  • Hu Jianqiang as Chao Wei
  • Yu Chenghui as Lord He Suo
  • Yu Hai as Master Shi Ren
  • Sun Jiankui as Lord He's bodyguard
  • Lau Wai-leung as Lord He's bodyguard
  • Ji Chunhua as Lord He's bodyguard
  • Mak Wai-cheung as Wei Fang
  • Yan Di-hua as Master Wu Lou
  • Cheung Kin-man
  • Cao Zengyin
  • Wong Kwok-kuen
  • Hu Meijie
  • Jiang Yan-lin
  • Wang Chunyuan
  • Zhang Jian-wen as Head Abbot
  • Wang Shudan
  • Ma Chen
  • Gao Biao
  • Yuan Yuan
  • Yuan Jun
  • Hung Yan-yan as Shaolin student

Box office[edit]

Martial Arts Of Shaolin performed moderately well at the Hong Kong box office, grossing HK$18,106,589.


Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
6th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Action Choreography Lau's Stuntmen Association Nominated

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