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Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

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Chia-Liang Liu

Writer:

Kuang Ni
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chia-Hui Liu ... San Te
Lieh Lo ... General Tien Ta
Chia Yung Liu ... General Yin
Norman Chu ... Lu Ah-cai (as Shao-Chiang Hsu)
Yu Yang Yu Yang ... Hung His-kuan (as Yang Yu)
John Cheung ... Lord Cheng (as Chang Wu-liang)
Wilson Tong Wilson Tong ... Tang San-yao (as Tang Wei-cheng)
Hang-Sheng Wu Hang-Sheng Wu ... Tung Qian-jin
Yue Wong Yue Wong ... Miller Six (as Yu Wang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tung-Kua Ai Tung-Kua Ai ... Abbot in charge of Head Chamber
Billy Chan Billy Chan ... Soldier
Lung Chan Lung Chan ... Abbot in charge of Staff Chamber
Shen Chan ... Director of 'Wrists Chamber'
Szu-Chia Chen Szu-Chia Chen ... Chen Yen-ping
Wah Cheung Wah Cheung ... Shaolin disciple
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The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape and devotes himself to learning the martial arts in order to seek revenge. In a short period of time he masters the deadly use of his fists, feet and palms, along with such weapons as swords, sticks, and lances. With his learning complete, he takes on the Manchus. Written by Anonymous

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Starring Martial Arts Master Liu Chia Hui! See more »


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

36th Chamber See more »

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Senior monk: The wall may be low, but the Buddha is high.
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Referenced in Kebab Connection (2004) See more »

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"The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" - An essential martial arts movie
31 August 2007 | by dee.reidSee all my reviews

Anyone familiar with the hip-hop super-group the Wu-Tang Clan knows that "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" (a.k.a. "Shaolin Master Killer"), directed in 1978 by Liu Chia-Liang, is essential viewing for any martial arts movie fan. This movie started the whole "good-guy-gets-his-butt-kicked-and-undergoes-martial arts-training-to-exact-vengeance" storyline that's been used so many times in the martial arts movies since (i.e., the American "Karate Kid" movies). In it, anti-Manchu patriot San Te (Gordon Liu) is a humble country boy who is cast out of his village when Manchu soldiers (led by the villainous Lo Lieh) slaughter his parents, orphaning him. He manages to make it to the famous Shaolin Temple, where he is nursed back to health by the monks living there, and soon undergoes a rigorous and dangerous regiment of training to master the 35 "chambers" (styles) of kung-fu. In seven years, he completes his training, mastering all 35 styles, invents a brand-new weapon (the three-section staff), and suggests creating a 36th chamber - to spread kung-fu beyond the Shaolin Temple's walls and bring it to the masses. The whole story is pretty formulaic (what martial arts movie from the '70s doesn't have a formulaic plot?), but what gets this movie going is its rousing training sequences. These are not the run-of-the-mill stuff we're used to seeing in these movies. San Te's quest to become a martial arts warrior is a tortuous journey of self-actualization, a kind of virtue commonly lacking in the genre; San Te actually becomes a better person as a result of his experiences at the Shaolin Temple. Most grind-house cinema aficionados love this movie (Wu-Tang Clan co-founder the RZA in "The Wu-Tang Manual" does an entire section on the martial arts movies that influenced his development of the Wu-Tang Clan and much of their underlying philosophy). Finally, I'm glad to see an old-school martial arts movie that has its heart and brain in the right places.

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