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17 May 1985 (Hong Kong) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Farewell to the Master
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Directed by
Chia-Liang Liu 
Produced by
Li Hua Chen .... executive producer
Mona Fong .... producer
Run Run Shaw .... executive producer
Ka Hee Wong .... producer
Cinematography by
Tao An-Shun 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Yen Hai Li  (as Yen-Hai Li)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yau Man Chan .... assistant director
Ke Ming Lin .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Wai-Hap Fong .... still photographer
Other crew
Hou Hsiao .... fighting instructor
King Chu Lee .... fighting instructor
Chia-Liang Liu .... fight choreographer

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Also Known As:
"Pi li shi jie" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Hong Kong:90 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)See more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Amasing Shaw Brothers Film, 1 June 2005
Author: Stofft from Sweden

This is the story of Fong Sai Yuk. I guess some of you will come to think of Jet Li now which is right, this movie is about the same guy as Jet Li plays but with one major different thing. It isn't Jet Li that plays Fong Sai Yuk its the fantastic actor Hou Hsiao which I must say kick Jet Li's butt in most areas. Hou Hsiao would probably win the vote for "best underrated martial artist of all time". You have to see this guy move to believe it! Amazing!

This movie has everything a good martial arts movie shall have. Exciting fights, good acting and its fun moments as well.

I guess this film is one of the best Shaw brothers movies I've seen in my life. And as even Gordon Liu is in this movie, its almost written success all over the title. And now when its digitally restored on DVD (Deltamac or IVL release) it is just even better.

Fong Sai Yuk is the utterly incorrigible young troublemaker who is nearly invincible due to his martial arts abilities. His parents and teachers can't discipline him, and he continually gets into trouble; until one day he messes with the wrong people, and the local rulers decree that he be decapitated. Devastated, his parents secretly send him and his brothers to the 36th Chamber of Shaolin Temple to avoid the beheading, and his mother selflessly agrees to face the consequences of her son's actions.

Once in Shaolin Temple, monk San Te works (played but Gordon Liu) to exhaust the young boy into submission. However, Sai Yuk handles his training regimen easily, and has plenty of energy to spare for his various dirty deeds. Sai Yuk gathers his fellow students in attempts to sneak out of the temple. On his night out, he visits the governor's estate to witness the lantern festival, where he gets into more trouble and earns the wrath of the governor himself. It's not long before the governor begins to plan an elaborate plot to bring down Sai Yuk and all of Shaolin's students with him!

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