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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 Yung-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)
"Master Killer" - 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 »
Senior monk:The wall may be low, but the Buddha is high.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The New York Ripper (1982)See more »


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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Worth a place on your kung-fu video shelf., 30 May 2000
Author: KingLouie from New York

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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