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Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)

Pi li shi jie (original title)
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.


Chia-Liang Liu


Chia-Liang Liu




Credited cast:
Hou Hsiao Hou Hsiao ... Fang Shih Yu
Chia-Hui Liu ... Monk San Te
Lily Li ... Miao Tsui Hua
Jason Piao Pai ... (as Piao Pai)
Chia-Liang Liu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Au
Kwok Keung Chan Kwok Keung Chan
Shen Chan ... Education officer Sha Duo'er
Yung Chan Yung Chan
Lien-Ping Chang Lien-Ping Chang
Hung Chen Hung Chen
Ming-Wei Chen Ming-Wei Chen
Chok-Chow Cheung
Wing-Cheung Cheung Wing-Cheung Cheung
Tien-Chu Chin


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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A boring slog that makes the second film look like Enter the Dragon
15 November 2020 | by Andrew426See all my reviews

I apologize for being so negative, but how we got from the original first film to this is just saddening. The films plot is as boring as it is needlessly chaotic, with Gordan Liu returning from the second film (though NOT as who he was playing as before, which in turn was NOT the character he played in the first film). Instead he returns as San Te from the first film and not Jen Chieh, though they somehow downgrade his character from the first, and he isnt as nearly as interesting as the San Te from the first, or even Jen Chieh from the second for that matter. Instead, the new protagonist is Fong-Sai Yuk, an annoying brat but talented martial artist who can't stop showing off how amazing he is. If anyone found Jen Chieh from the second film annoying then Fong-Sai Yuk will be deemed insufferable. His character completely destroys the formula of the warriors journey and as a result I simply found no enjoyment in watching a character begin a story and end it just as powerful and skilled as he was before.

If people disagree with me and enjoy this film then by no means dont pay me any mind, but the original in my opinion is beyond the superior film, and by some extent, the second too.

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Cantonese | Mandarin

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17 May 1985 (Hong Kong) See more »

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