Although by no means new, I thought I should give this a review as I stumbled across it on YOUTUBE and quite enjoyed it.
In this documentary, you experience some aspects of Shaolin monk martial arts training through the eyes of Hollywood actor Jason Scott Lee. Jason is probably best known for playing Bruce Lee in the film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). While studying Jeet Kune Do for the role, he continued his training and is now a qualified instructor.
Jason has two weeks with the monks to learn, basic stances and defences, weapons and forms. He also has to prepare himself to get smashed over the body with various planks of wood and take a hammer to the chest. This is quite amusing as you could see his nervousness.
The monks appear slightly bemused by the whole thing and our star gets regularly out done by a kid who looks no older than ten. There is minimal background history of the Shaolin monks and the focus was on how they train. This will be fine for those MA heads but for those seeking a historical insight, this wont be you you.
This could have been quite a mediocre doc but with Jason’s unique accent and nice guy personality, it is sold quite well. When he gets his head shaved, he looks like he belongs in that temple.
If you’ve got around 50min to kill, then its worth a watch.
You can view the documentary by clicking here