Shaolin Girl (Film)


Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
Cast: Kou Shibasaki, Toru Nakamura, Kitty Zhang, Tin Kai Man, Lam Tze Chung, Takashi Okamura, Yosuke Eguchi
RunTime: 113 mins
Genre: Comedy

This Shaolin Girl is just rubbish.

Produced by Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, CJ7), Shaolin Girl tells the story of a girl by the name of Rin, who is compelled to take over her late grandfather’s kung-fu dojo. She endures 3,000 days of brutal training at the Shaolin Martial Arts School in China before returning to her native Japan. But what awaits her is a dojo that lies in tatters and students who have abandoned the true discipline of Shaolin kung-fu.

Shortly after the dojo incident, Rin joins a university to play Lacrosse (a full contact team sport played with a stick and rubber ball) with a bunch of kawaii girls. There are other subplots such as a university principal with unknown mercenary plans, a kitchen chef who became the Lacrosse coach (suddenly!), his comic Cantonese-Japanese speaking sidekicks, and not to mention a female ‘good’ friend.

This female friend (Kitty Zhang) looks at Rin with a ‘different’ tendency, and speaks bad Japanese. She suddenly gets kidnapped and suddenly appears at the top of the tower in a cheongsam and high heels and suddenly wakes up at the right time.

The film progressed from a kungfu to sports to to a Kill Bill meets Matrix meets some computer game ending. (Give me the Lacrosse girls anytime.) I can really let it go to see a single Japanese girl fight over hundreds of armed men, but the ending was really what-the-heck.

Shaolin Girl – A laughing stock

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