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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • SKU: US88FB007
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • UPC: 760137829386
  • Street Date: 03/22/22
  • PreBook Date: 02/15/22
  • Label: 88 FILMS »
  • Genre: Martial Arts
  • Run Time: 96 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1978
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot:
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actor: David Chiang
  • Actor: Cecilia Wong
  • Actor: Lily Li
  • Actor: Chia-Yung Liu
  • Director: Liu Chia-liang
  • Producer: Runme Shaw
  • Director: Liu Chia-liang
  • Producers: Runme Shaw


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Shaolin Mantis

Wei Fung is hired to infiltrate a clan of rebellious Ming loyalists, but he falls in love the clan leaders granddaughter and his plans are discovered.

Shaolin Mantis
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Direct from the golden age of Hong Kong martial arts cinema comes Shaolin Mantis another fast paced fight fest, from the mighty Shaw Brothers studio. When scholar Wei Fung (David Chiang) is hired by the Emperor to infiltrate a clan of rebellious Ming loyalists, his mission goes adrift when he falls in love the clan leader's granddaughter and his plans are discovered. From legendary director and star Lau Kar Leung (The Spiritual Boxer, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin) Shaolin Mantis is another superlative entry from the never ending showcase of 70s martial arts productions. An absolute must for collectors of classic Shaw Brothers movies.


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Bonus Materials

  • High Definition (1080p) Presentation in 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • 2.0 DTS-HD MA English Soundtrack
  • 2.0 DTS-HD MA Mandarin Soundtrack with newly translated English Subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Asian cinema experts Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
  • Audio commentary with Asian cinema experts Frank Djeng
  • Complicated Families - David West on Shaolin Mantis
  • Interview with Actor John Cheung
  • US Trailer (The Deadly Mantis)
  • Hong Kong Trailer

Sales Points

  • Includes First Pressing Slipcase with Artwork by 'Kung Fu Bob' O'Brien
  • Brand New artwork by Robert 'Kung Fu Bob' O'Brien!
  • First Wordwide Blu-ray release
  • Complete and Uncut
  • For fans of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan
  • Includes the English dub and the original Mandarin soundtracks.
  • Sales Points Extensive Bonus Features created for this release

Press Quotes

It's tense, exciting, as violent as it needs to be and overall just really well made.

     —Ian Jane, Rock! Shock! Pop!

There's something just kind of uniquely charming about a fighter taking "boxing tips" from a praying mantis, but aside from that pretty whimsical element, Shaolin Mantis manages to craft an interesting story rife with political intrigue but which also plays into ideas of personal loyalties.

     —Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com

Shaolin Mantis’ twist ending nears legendary status, divisive in the fandom, but compelling given how serious its plays.

     —Matt Paprocki, Doblu

An absolute must for collectors of classic Shaw Brothers movies.

     —Dillon Gonzales, Geek Vibes Nation

Shaolin Mantis is a fine mix of action, intrigue and romance.

     —Joe Corey, Inside Pulse

Shaolin Mantis gets a good release from 88 Films that comes with a strong audio/video presentation and a wealth of insightful extras, recommended.

     —10kbullets, 10K Bullets

Shaolin Mantis pushes palace intrigue over martial arts, the results are thrilling.  88 Films continues to give Martial Arts films the loaded editions they deserve.  Highest Possible Recommendations!!! 

     —A.W. Kautzer, The Movie Isle

If you aren’t as invested in the plots of martial arts movies, worry not as “Shaolin mantis” has no shortage of action sequences. 

     —DVD Corner

There's not a whole lot of fighting in this one but it really does get out a lot of good parts when it does, generating a highly rewarding series of encounters to escape the different levels of the hideout and the brilliant brawls to get into the palace at the end that sets up the final fight.

     —Don Anelli, Don's Horror World

An absolute must for collectors of classic Shaw Brothers movies!

     —Exclusive Magazine

Don’t miss: Extras include two commentary tracks, a featurette about the movie and an interview with actor John Cheung.

     —Bob Bloom, Reel Bob

This is something you really have to see for yourself.

     —Jef Burnham, Film Monthly

It also has a shock ending that made me love this film.

     —bandsaboutmovies, Bands About Movies

In addition to this great classic martial arts flick this release offers up bonus content including interviews, trailer, commentary, featurettes, double-sided fold out poster, booklet and more.

     —Bobby Blakey, Hollywood Matrimony

Fans of ‘70s chop-socky films will enjoy both of these high quality releases.

     —Mike Spring, Live For Film

Fans of ‘70s chop-socky films will enjoy both of these high quality releases.

     —Mike Spring, Comic Watch

Both of them look and sound terrific.

     —Mat Brewster, Cinema Sentries


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