Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)
"Pi li shi jie" (original title)

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Gordon Liu Chia-hui reprises his famous Monk San Te role as he tries to support and protect Shaolin her Fang Shih-yu who purposely attacks corrupt Ching officials. Fights by legendary action director Liu Chia-liang are to die for.


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Credited cast:
Hou Hsiao ...
Monk San Te
Lily Li
Jason Pai Piao ...
(as Piao Pai)
Chia-Liang Liu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Au
Shen Chan ...
Education officer Sha Duo'er
Miao Ching
Hsin Nan Hung
Siu-Kwan Lau
Hoi Sang Lee
Man Biu Lee
Hui Huang Lin
Han-Yuan Ma
Yu-yung Teng


Fong Sai Yuk's uninhibited arrogance toward a Manchu lord forces him to seek refuge in a Shaolin temple. Although abundantly trained in the martial arts, he is no match for Master San Te, the creator of the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, who constantly overpowers his younger, more agile disciples in matters of both body and mind. Exhausted by his frequent defeats, Fong seeks to escape his prison and crosses paths with a governor, who rewards him with a yellow robe granting immunity from any Manchu. But what are the governor's true intentions? Will Fong feed his foolish ego and betray the Shaolin Temple? Written by King-Wei Chu for Fantasia Film Festival

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26 April 2005 (Germany)  »

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Disciples of the 36th Chamber  »

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Comedy return to the 36th Chamber
28 January 2006 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This is the second film where Lui Chia Hui plays San Te. He, however, is not the focus of the film. Fong Sai Yuk, played by Hsiou Hou, is the main character and occupies most of the screen time. Fong Sai Yuk is portrayed as a brash, young super fighter who can't stop getting into fights. He's a bragging, annoying character whose sole redeeming quality is that he can back up his boasts.

One of the last Shaw films before they shut down the studio, the film is set bound and looks like it could have been done ten years earlier. The plot is just decent with a back story that is slightly unexplained. The actors all do a good job. The music is very canned. The highlight is the fighting and there's plenty of it. A moderate amount of wire-fu doesn't detract from some excellent choreography. Liu Chia Liang really got into mass fight scenes towards the end of his time at the Shaw Bros. The final scene at the governor's palace is a small masterpiece of mass fighting.

A good kung fu film.

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