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. While struggling to restore her grandfather’s school to its former glory and spread a genuine Shaolin philosophy, Rin attends university where she becomes the star member of the lacrosse team. While Rin’s exceptional physical abilities being a string of victories to the team, her teammates in turn come to her aid by helping her reestablish the dojo. Just as fortune seems to smile upon her, a dark incident from a past Rin knew nothing about rears its ugly head and throws her into a fantastic showdown with tremendous evil. Is the Shaolin Girl up to the challenge?
Reviews: I really enjoyed this film. It’s rare that I come across films that effectively explore spiritual concepts in a way that is accurate, humorous and ambient.
This is a hard film to explain, but I will try.
The film is a light hearted analysis of vedic dharma. In this film, the seemly unlikely application of dharma, is martial arts. This dramatic irony, sets the basis for some at times slapstick humour. Without this, the spiritual message of the film would would have been bleached out by intense and heavy vibes.