RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2023
On February 13, 2023, Arrow plans to release a Blu-ray (Region A) of the 1977 kung fu film, The Shaolin Plot, from Golden Harvest. The movie is directed by Huang Feng, who is most recognized for his work on Hapkido (1972), Lady Whirlwind (1972), When Taekwondo Strikes (1973), and Stoner (1974).
The movie “The Shaolin Plot” showcases a star-studded cast, including Chan Sing, James Tien, Casanova Wong, and Sammo Hung, who is also the fight choreographer.
In 1977, Sammo Hung, a fight choreographer, collaborated with his mentor, director Huang Feng (known for Lady Whirlwind and Hapkido), on one final film before transitioning to directing himself. This film was the lesser-known martial arts movie “The Iron-Fisted Monk.”
The exciting story of The Shaolin Plot, where the duo joins forces once again with the formidable Chan Sing from Hong Kong (known for his role in New Fist of Fury).
Prince Daglen, also known as Sing, is determined to gather all Chinese martial arts manuals and master each form in order to defeat his enemies. He has only two manuals left to acquire and he enlists his most dangerous henchman, a rebellious monk named Hung, to steal the Wu-Tang manual. However, in order to obtain the sacred texts of Shaolin, Daglen will have to personally infiltrate the temple. This sets the stage for a confrontation between Daglen, his allies, and Little Tiger, a survivor and student of Wu-Tang. They will also face off against two skilled Shaolin warrior monks, Casanova Wong and Kwan Yung Moon.
Reworded: “The Shaolin Plot” is a martial arts story that combines elements of the traditional and modern genres, making it one of the lesser-known but highly regarded kung fu films from Hong Kong’s prolific film industry. The story, based on a legendary tale by Ni Kuang (known for “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin”), is filled with intrigue and deception.
- 2K restoration from the original film elements by Fortune Star
Blu-ray display at High Definition (1080p) resolution
Revised options for Mandarin and English without loss of quality.
- Optional English subtitles
Insight from professionals in the field of martial arts movies, Frank Djeng and Michael Worth.
The opinion of action film specialists Mike Leeder and Arne Venema.
- Alternate English credits
- Original theatrical trailers
This poster contains two sides with fold-out sections and displays both original and newly commissioned artwork by Ilan Sheady.
The sleeve is reversible and showcases both the original and newly created artwork by Ilan Sheady.
Booklet for collectors with new written content by Peter Glagowski.
The title of Arrow will soon be obtainable at The Goodie Emporium, an American e-commerce site that currently carries a wide selection of Import Shaw Brothers, Golden Harvest, and martial arts movies on DVD and Blu-ray. New titles are constantly being added to their inventory.
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