Chen Kuan-tai (centre), as Hong Xi Guan, leader of a small band of monks who escape the destruction of Shaolin Monastery in southern China, in a still from 1977 Shaw Brothers film Executioners from Shaolin. Chen Kuan-tai (centre), as Hong Xi Guan, leader of a small band of monks who escape the destruction of Shaolin Monastery in southern China, in a still from 1977 Shaw Brothers film Executioners from Shaolin.
Chen Kuan-tai (centre), as Hong Xi Guan, leader of a small band of monks who escape the destruction of Shaolin Monastery in southern China, in a still from 1977 Shaw Brothers film Executioners from Shaolin.

First martial arts film to put family at centre of the action, Lau Kar-leung’s Executioners from Shaolin is a masterpiece

  • Shaw Brothers’ 1977 film is more than just a rip-roaring adventure with masterful bouts of kung fu action and characters that are well fleshed out
  • The hero’s son draws strength not just from his slain father but from his mother, and fuses their fighting styles into a new form of kung fu to obtain revenge

Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Chen Kuan-tai (centre), as Hong Xi Guan, leader of a small band of monks who escape the destruction of Shaolin Monastery in southern China, in a still from 1977 Shaw Brothers film Executioners from Shaolin. Chen Kuan-tai (centre), as Hong Xi Guan, leader of a small band of monks who escape the destruction of Shaolin Monastery in southern China, in a still from 1977 Shaw Brothers film Executioners from Shaolin.
Chen Kuan-tai (centre), as Hong Xi Guan, leader of a small band of monks who escape the destruction of Shaolin Monastery in southern China, in a still from 1977 Shaw Brothers film Executioners from Shaolin.
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