Notable Cast: Gordon Liu, Lo Lieh, Wang Yu
Also Known As: Master Killer, Shaolin Master Killer
To say that there is a separate world for martial arts film fans is truth. To say that there is another separate world within that world for Shaw Brothers fans is also truth. Both groups are fairly die hard and often enough quite spirited in what they have to say about their love for these films. So to say that "The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin" is highly regarded as one of the best kung fu films of all time by both critics and fans is a feat. A feat that, upon viewing of this classic Shaw Brothers film, is as true as the extremity of claims for it. Indeed, Kar Lau Leung's tale of justice brought to town by one of shaolin's greatest monks is a stunner. It's quick to its feet with strong characters and a classic plot and the execution is top of the line.
San Te (Gordon Liu) was well on his way through his studies when Tartar invaders descended upon his defenseless village looking to crush any rebellion towards their tyrannical rule. Despite his attempts to support the local rebellion, the Tartars lead by a ruthless leader (Lo Lieh) crush them and murder the conspirators. San Te is forced to flee for his life when he takes refuge in a shaolin monastery. There he learns the values of leadership and must under go a grueling training course in kung fu so that he may return home and restore justice.
|Staff fighting in the rain, I feel perhaps I could write a love song about that.|
|The log obstacle for our 'wood' be hero. Oh man, I kill myself.|
"The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin" is a classic to re-define classics of a kung fu age gone by. It's well written with its political undertones about justice and teaching those in need to defend themselves, while at the same time its an expertly crafted storytelling and entertaining martial arts machine...one of the best that the Shaw Brothers ever produced.
Written By Matt Reifschneider