starring: Rudy Ray Moore · Jimmy Lynch · Eugene Thomas ·
Alexander Rei Lo · Alice Tseng
serving with the US Army in the '40s, Rudy Ray Moore began his entertainment
career as an R&B singer (Hully Gully Fever, 1957) but soon
moved into comedy through his nightclub appearances. He was a pioneer
of sexually explicit humor and became notorious with a series of adult
comedy albums for Kent Records (titles like Cockpit, Eat
Out More Often and I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing).
He created the Dolemite character - a kung fu fighting pimp - as part
of his stand-up comedy routine. In 1975, during the rise of Blaxploitation,
Rudy wrote and starred in the movie version Dolemite. That
was followed by a string of similar films, including the sequel The
Human Tornado and Disco Godfather. Rudy suffered
from health problems which took him out of circulation for almost 20 years
[except for an occasional guest appearance, e.g., in Snoop Doggy
Dogg's music video for Doggy Dogg World].
Rudy Ray Moore met producer George Tan, a Hong Kong agent who was in Hollywood
working on Tupac Shakur: Thung Immortal. The
producer told Rudy that he represented a Taiwanese director Robert Tai
and suggested that they work together on a project. That was the inception
for SHAOLIN DOLEMITE. Rudy, George and Robert got together at Moore's
home in Akron Ohio where they wrote the script - a comic version of a
'Death Bell' destroying the Wu Tang Clan - based on hours of video Tai
provided from his 1986 Kung Fu adventure film. Director Robert Tai had
FINAL DUEL, an 8 hour fantasy/actioner that Hsien Shen Films refused
to release intact. The extra [not used] footage was provided to Moore
for this endeavor.
additional footage was shot starring Rudy Ray Moore [and other members
of his team, namely Jimmy Lynch and Eugene Thomas] and inserted accordingly
into the movie. The collaborated 'What's Up Tiger Lilly' story
deals with Tupac of the Dolemite Clan stealing the magical Dolby Stereo
Death Bell so he can destroy the Wu Tang Clan.
Ray Moore's health continued to decline [although he managed to make Dolemite
Explosion and Big Money Hustlas after this project].
He died in October 2008, at age 81, from complications with Diabetes.
American/Taiwanese film in new English dubbed soundtrack; fullscreen
totally uncut version at 111 minutes, encoded for ALL REGIONS NTSC,
playable on any American machine. Extras include selected Dolemite trailers.
for Mature Audiences