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Release Date:
June 1979 (USA) See more »
He who struggles initially, might succeed eventually, and even finally. See more »
The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chia-Hui Liu ... San Te
Lieh Lo ... General Tien Ta
Chia Yung Liu ... General Yin
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tung-Kua Ai ... Abbot in charge of Head Chamber
Billy Chan ... Soldier
Lung Chan ... Abbot in charge of Staff Chamber
Shen Chan ... Abbot in charge of Wrist Chamber
Szu-Chia Chen ... Yien Pin
Wah Cheung ... Shaolin disciple
Han Chiang ... San Te's senior
Nan Chiang ... Abbot in charge of Eye Chamber
Yuet Sang Chin ... Soldier
Alan Chui Chung San ... Soldier
Ging Man Fung ... Beggar
Li Jen Ho ... Abbot in charge of Top Chamber
Kwok Choi Hon ... Lin Zhen
Hou Hsiao ... Shaolin disciple
Hung-ta Hu
Lun Hua ... San Ta's friend
Ma Ku
Hoi Sang Lee ... Abbot of Justice Office (as Li Hai Sheng)
Ta Lei
Ke Ming Lin ... Soldier
Tsun Liu
Lao Shen ... Abbot in charge of Dining Hall
Austin Wai ... Shaolin disciple
Fat Wan ... Soldier
Ching Ho Wang ... San Te's father
Han Chen Wang ... Abbot in charge of Leg Chamber
Hung Wei ... Teacher Ho
Hsin-chuan Wu
Siu Tin Yuen ... Abbot in charge of Boxing Chamber

Directed by
Chia-Liang Liu 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kuang Ni  writer

Produced by
Mona Fong .... producer
Chia-Hsi Huang .... assistant producer
Run Run Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Yung-Yu Chen 
Cinematography by
Yeh-tai Huang 
Arthur Wong 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Yen Hai Li 
Costume Design by
Chi-Yu Liu  (as Chi You Lau)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yuen Tong .... assistant director
Other crew
Chia-Liang Liu .... fighting instructor
Cheng Peng .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shao Lin san shi liu fang" - Hong Kong (original title)
"36th Chamber" - USA (alternative title)
"Shaolin Master Killer" - USA (video title)
"The Master Killer" - USA (dubbed version)
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115 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The movie won the Best Martial Arts Award at 24th Asian Film Festival and was the 1978 Top 10 Box Office Hits in Hong Kong.See more »
San Te:I wish I had learnt kung fu instead of studying.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Youth in Revolt (2009)See more »


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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Perfect Martial Arts Movie, 26 February 2001
Author: utepian from Virginia Beach, VA

I have a hard time accepting Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as such a great movie when I know I have seen 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Without such fanfare filled worldwide release and special effects, this movie remains the best(Martial arts film) I have seen in 25 years. the martial arts is great and the story is extremely absorbing. The spiritual element is much higher as opposed to CTHD. Guys, if you liked CTHD so much, please see this movie. You will be thankful you saw it, maybe get it a more deserving rating than the 8.7 it currently has on IMDB.

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