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Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)

Shao Lin da peng da shi (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy | August 1982 (USA)
The workers of a dye factory have their pay cut by 20% when the factory owner brings in some Manchu thugs to try and increase production. Desperate to reclaim their full wages, the workers ... See full summary »

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Lung Wei Wang ...
Hou Hsiao ...
Ho Chiao
Lun Hua ...
Chen Hsi-sheng
Yeong-Mun Kwon ...
Yuan Li-hao (as Yung-Wen Kuan)
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Hsiao Hung
Szu-Chia Chen ...
Mai Yin
Tsui Ling Yu ...
Hsiao Ling
Wei Hao Teng
Kang Shih
Tao Chiang ...
Ma Hui
Yi Tao Chang ...
Erh Kun
King Chu Lee ...
Monk San Te (as Ching Chia)
Ching-Ching Yeung ...
Hsiao-Ching
Sae Ok Kim ...
Laborer (as Hsi-Yu Chin)
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The workers of a dye factory have their pay cut by 20% when the factory owner brings in some Manchu thugs to try and increase production. Desperate to reclaim their full wages, the workers hire an actor to impersonate a priest and kung-fu expert from the temple of Shaolin. The factory owner proves the actor a fraud, and punishes all those involved. The young actor feels he has let the workers down, and promises to atone. He sets out for Shaolin, determined to be accepted as a kung-fu pupil at the elite temple. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Wu -Tang Clan member Old Dirty Bastard debut album was titled after this movie with some changes in the spelling. Old Dirty Bastard Return the 36 Chambers : The Dirty Version. See more »

Quotes

Boss Wang: What style of Kung Fu is this?
Chao Yen-Cheh: Roof-top Kung Fu!
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Followed by Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985) See more »

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Classic Kung Fu Fun!
10 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the many "Kung Fu" action films made in Asia in the late '70s - early '80s, full of cheap sound effects, dubbed dialog and lightning fast martial arts action. But unlike most films of this genre it also has a decent plot and lots of great comedy. When workers of a dye factory are forced out of their jobs by Manchu bullies, they hire a con-artist (Gordon Liu) to try to scare them off. When his attempt fails miserably, he cons his way into a Shaolin temple to learn to fight for real. But instead of making him a Kung-Fu student, the Master instead orders him to build a scaffolding to cover the roofs of all 36 chambers. Well, it turns out that while he's performing these menial tasks (stacking and tying bamboo poles) that he's learning the skills to be a Kung-Fu expert! It's sort of like in Karate Kid when Mr. Miagi teaches Daniel the basics of karate by having him do routine household chores- "Wax on, wax off" et cetera. There's lots of great comedy from beginning to end, and plenty of action at the end when Gordon Liu once again faces his Manchu tormentors. "This time it's not just tricks- it's the real thing!" Liu declares, proudly thumping his chest. If you like classic Kung Fu films you don't want to miss this one!


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