ARROW VIDEO SHAW SCOPE BOX SET: Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

Having learned that the revolutionaries were using Shaolin Temple as an undercover, the Manchurian Count ordered Priest Pai Mei and his top disciple Kao Tsin Chung, Governor of Kwangtung and Kwangsi, to raid the Shaolin Temple. They surrounded the Temple and set fire to it. In an attempt to rescue his disciples, Priest Chi Shan enters into a crucial duel with Priest Pai Mei.”

Pai Mei blows your mind five minutes into this movie by pulling his privates into his groin, which enables him to not be hurt by low blows. Yes, he’s a formidable opponent and I’d be afraid to try that move. I mean, what if things didn’t drop when you were done?

Pai Mei’s student Kao Tsin-chung (Kong Do) and his army destroy the temple and chase away the students. One of them, Tung Chin-chin, (Gordon Liu), takes out as many as he can before arrows lay him low. Only Hung Hsi-Kuan (Kuan Tai Chen) survives to keep the rest of the students safe.

Over the next decade, he marries martial artist Wing Chun (Lily Li) and together they have a son that they raise as Hong masters the tiger style and works up the courage to battle Pai Mei. When he finally battles the man, he must face an entire army of his soldiers. Yet he knows Pai Mei is weak between one and three in the afternoon — this knowledge amazes me — and thinks that all of his acupuncture training can help him find the villain’s weak spot. However, he gets his foot caught in the evil one’s groin — just like his master in the opening — and is killed.

Can his son combine the tiger style of his father and the crane style of his mother to finally gain the revenge that has eluded the Shaolin? From the empty backdrop opening — a Chia-Liang Liu trademark to the samples that the Wu Tang Clan used on “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthin To Fuck With” this is an amazing and unforgettable movie.

The Arrow Video Shaw Scope Volume One box set has a gorgeous version of Executioners of Shaolin. There’s uncompressed Mandarin and English original mono audio, as well as newly translated English subtitles and English hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English dubs.

It also has alternate opening English credits, the Hong Kong and U.S. theatrical trailers, and an image gallery.

You can get this set from MVD.

You can also stream this movie on the Arrow player. Visit ARROW to start your 30-day free trial. Subscriptions are available for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

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