Shaolin and Wu Tang

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Shaolin and Wu Tang
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Theatrical poster
MandarinShào Lín yǔ Wǔ Dāng
CantoneseSiu3 Lam4 jyu5 Mou5 Dong1
Directed byGordon Liu
Produced byLau Kar-leung
Written byHuang Pa-ching
Katy Chin
StarringGordon Liu
Adam Cheng
Idy Chan
Chan Shen
Kwan Hoi-san
Lee Hoi-sang
Elvis Tsui
Wang Lung-wei
Music bySo Chung-shing
Shing Wai-yip
CinematographyChin Chiang Ma
Edited byYen-Hai Li
Distributed byHing Fut Film Company
Release date
  • 7 July 1983 (1983-07-07)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryHong Kong
Box officeHK$2,821,952

Shaolin and Wu Tang is a 1983 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by and starring Gordon Liu. The film is about the rivalry between the martial arts schools Shaolin and Wu Tang. It is also called Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang in the Master Killer Collection.

The film inspired the name of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, who used several audio samples from the English dub of the film in their 1993 debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

Plot summary[edit]

Master Liu and Master Law are rival masters of Shaolin style kung fu and Wu-Tang style sword fighting, running schools in the same city. Their top students, Chao Fung-wu (Adam Cheng) and Hung Jun-kit (Gordon Liu), are actually close friends, with Jun-kit's sister, Yan-ling, having a crush on Fung-wu. After observing the two students fighting at a brothel, two of the local Qing Lord's (Wang Lung Wei) soldiers report the power of the styles to him. The Lord determines that the two styles are dangerous and that he must learn both.

After being poisoned by the Lord, Master Law lets Fung-wu stab him. For this, Fung-wu is being sent to prison. Trying to rescue Fung-wu, Jun-kit teaches a prisoner the Shaolin Chin kang fist, not knowing the prisoner is the Lord's spy. After their escape from prison, the four of them (the spy, Yan-ling, Fung-wu and Jun-kit) are ambushed. To overcome the Lord's, men Fung-wu teaches the spy some Wu-tang sword techniques. As they are still being overpowered, Fung-wu and Yan-ling have to flee the scene, only to be captured by the Wu-Tang who came to prosecute Fung-wu for killing Master Law. As they leave for Wu-Tang temple, Yan-ling gets shot and dies in Fung-wu arms. The Wu-Tang leave the dead body behind. Jun-kit finds it, believing the Wu-Tang killed his sister. Hoping to avenge Yan-ling's death, Jun-kit returns to the Shaolin temple for training as a monk. Meanwhile, Fung-wu is being held at the Wu-tang temple.

The Qing Lord has since learned both the styles from the spy, but, because he did not learn either from a master, his grasp on both styles is imperfect. To overcome this deficiency, he decides to have the Wu-Tang and the Shaolin destroy each other, so he may be the only master of both styles. To do this, he stages a martial arts contest between the two temples, hoping to appeal to the traditional rivalry between the Shaolin and the Wu-Tang. Jun-kit (now called Tat-chi), and Fung-wu (now called Ming-kai), are selected by their respective temples as the representatives.

During the contest, the Qing Lord, in his impatience to see both Wu-Tang and Shaolin destroyed, admits his true motives and his role in Yan-ling and Master Law's deaths. Tat-chi and Ming-kai must then combine Shaolin Chin kang fist and Wu-Tang Sword style to defeat him.

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