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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
"Shao Lin san shi liu fang" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  June 1979 (USA)
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The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape and... See full summary »

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Norman Chu ...
Lu Ah-cai (as Hsu Shao-Chiang)
Yung Henry Yu ...
Hung Hsi-kuan (as Yang Yu)
John Cheung ...
Lord Cheng (as Chang Wu-liang)
Wilson Tong ...
Tang San-yao (as Tang Wei-cheng)
Hang-Sheng Wu ...
Tung Qian-jin
Yue Wong ...
Miller Six (as Yu Wang)
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Tung-Kua Ai ...
Abbot in charge of Head Chamber
Billy Chan ...
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Lung Chan ...
Abbot in charge of Staff Chamber
Shen Chan ...
Abbot in charge of Wrist Chamber
Szu-Chia Chen ...
Yien Pin
Wah Cheung ...
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The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape and devotes himself to learning the martial arts in order to seek revenge. In a short period of time he masters the deadly use of his fists, feet and palms, along with such weapons as swords, sticks, and lances. With his learning complete, he takes on the Manchus. Written by Anonymous

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Despite the US title for the film (The Master Killer), the idea of taking a life would be abhorrent to a real Shaolin or Bhuddist monk. See more »

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San Te: I wish I had learnt kung fu instead of studying.
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Worth a place on your kung-fu video shelf.
30 May 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Firstly, let me say that Chia Hui Liu (aka Gordan Liu) "MAKES" this movie. It would not be what it is without him. To be fair, I have to give notice that every movie with him and the director (who I understand is a relative) is good. Now, let me tell why. Liu gives effort and emotion to his parts. Every part and every movie I have seen him in, this has been the case. When there is anger, you see it in his face. When there is despair, you see it. He makes it almost tangible. Plus, he has "skills". Also, this movie has plot and believability. It's interesting and "absorbing". The one I watched was "English" dubbed, but the dubbing was good. Even the sound track was complimentary for the scenes.

I's unfortunate that the asian movie industry has been in the past just like the American sports industry was. The take talented young people, chew up their juices, and then spit them out all used up.

I wonder if Liu even suspected that he had attained "Classic" status with this movie as far as "old school Kung-Fu fans" in the North-east USA are concerned?


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