Definitely one of the best kung fu films I've seen. I had first seen this movie on the Finnish television Channel "YLE Teema", but it impressed me so, that I ordered my own remastered special-edition copy on dvd.
The name of the original film is "36th chamber of Shaolin". The title of the western dvd release "Master killer" is very misleading. First of all, the movie is not very violent. Second, the main character, a buddhist monk, is not training to purposefully kill anyone but to defend and to help defend his people against the invaders and to better himself as a human being.
This film has no tricks or treats of traditional Chinese Wuxia -such as flying through the air and over rooftops, for instance. Rather, this is a kung fu film with (rather) normal, although acrobatic, fighting and movements. The choreography is skilfully done, but the tomato sauce looks unlike blood and occasionally a bit silly - it could have been left out and no harm would have been done to the overall film in my view.
The movie includes some elements of comedy and humor. After the slow start of the film, it gets better when the main character goes to the Shaolin Temple to learn kung fu.People who are familiar with both modern day recreations of Kung Fu (The Matrix, One, Crouching tiger hidden dragon and countless martial-arts movies) and also those filmed in the 70's or 80's concerning old legends of the inexplicable abilities the masters of martial arts were said to have possessed, will enjoy certain aspects of this film. I recommend the film to any fan of martial arts movies.
So, I rewatched this film again, and came to the conclusion that the only weakness of this movie lies in its slow start and repetitiveness at the Temple - it keeps the story a bit too simple, and the ending comes a bit abruptly concerning how long the viewer is held in anticipation of the training main character's actions - such as how he is going to handle the invaders and so on. That is only a small problem, however, since the film is a definite classic in its own right.