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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)
Yu Yang ... Hung His-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 ... Director of 'Wrists Chamber'
Szu-Chia Chen ... Chen Yen-ping
Wah Cheung ... Shaolin disciple
Han Chiang ... Senior monk
Nan Chiang ... Director of 'Eyes Chamber'
Yuet Sang Chin ... Soldier
Alan Chung San Chui ... Soldier
Ging Man Fung ... Beggar
Li Jen Ho ... Abbot in charge of Top Chamber
Kwok Choi Hon ... Lin Zhen
Hou Hsiao ... Shaolin disciple
Yuan Hsio-Tieng ... Director of 'Boxing Chamber'
Lun Hua ... Chang Hsiang-yung
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
Wing Tat Woo (as Hung-Ta Hu)
Hsin-chuan Wu

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
Lawrence Wong .... executive producer
Original Music by
Yung-Yu Chen 
Cinematography by
Yeh-tai Huang 
Arthur Wong 
Film Editing by
Chi Leong Cheang 
Yen Hai Li 
Art Direction by
Johnson Tsao 
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
Chia-Liang Liu .... martial arts instructor
Cheng Peng .... production assistant
Wei-Cheng Tang .... martial arts instructor

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Also Known As:
"Shao Lin san shi liu fang" - Hong Kong (original title)
"36th Chamber" - USA (short title)
"Shaolin Master Killer" - USA (video box title)
"The Master Killer" - USA (dubbed version)
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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
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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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A young Shaolin student masters every discipline!, 25 July 2005
Author: Offworlder from Glasgow

This is THE Hong Kong martial arts movie every fan of the genre MUST see. After watching this you'll be in no doubt why Tarantino picked the star, Chia Hui Liu, for two parts in his Kill Bill double.

The Shaw brothers demonstrate their mastery of the martial arts movie in this 1978 classic. Following the fortunes of a young rebel as he escapes from the tyranny of the government to a Shaolin temple where he hopes to learn superior kung fu techniques, we see his development from an inexperienced boy to an unrivalled master.

It is wonderful to see the rigours of training in each 'chamber'. The water crossing scenes are a delight. And some of the pain these students go through to perfect their bodies and art is impressive indeed.

I cannot recommend this enough. Indeed everyone should attempt to snap up any Shaw Brothers movie from around that period. "The 36th Chamber" stands head and shoulders above the rest, and is what all Martial Arts directors should aspire to.

Thanks Shaw's and Chia Hui Liu for a truly great experience EVERY time.

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