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36 Deadly Styles (1980)





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Joseph Kuo directs Jeannie Chen, Hwang Jang Lee, and Wei Long in the Hong Kong action film The 36 Deadly Styles. A man comes into possession of The Secret Book of 36 Deadly Styles. A series of legendary masters, Silver Fox, the Ghost Face Killer, and Bolo among them, team up to steal the book for their own nefarious plans. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Critic Reviews for 36 Deadly Styles

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Low-budget winner is packed with quality kung fu action, wacky hair, memorable lines, comedy, and talented genre stars.

June 21, 2008
Kung Fu Cinema

Audience Reviews for 36 Deadly Styles

another sweet movie. Toad Style baby! old school kung fu again at its best. more gritty than Chessboxing but just as good.

Vincent Tilghman
Vincent Tilghman

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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/41/226941.jpg[/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]A local kid at the Buddhist temple has no further ambitions then to pick on his Buddhist brethren, learn kung fu, and live free and broke. He finds himself stuck in the middle when a battle over the book of 36 styles takes place. He must train and take life seriously or someone is going to get hurt. Our free bird gets exposed when a local villain reveals he possesses knowledge of the book. What ensues is training and chaos in a kung fu sense.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“Don’t die yet, we’re not finished.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]Joseph Kuo, director of The Mystery of Chess Boxing, 7 Grandmasters, Born Invincible, and The 18 Bronzemen, directs 36 Deadly Styles. Kuo utilizes fantastic choreography to create an entertaining film for this genre. However, the below average story detracts from the entertainment value. 36 Deadly Styles possesses wonderful characters including Jack Long, Ghost Face Killer, and Silver Fox. The fact these three characters are in the film paired with the excellent choreography makes it worth watching. Too bad the story leaves little to be desired, even for this genre of film.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“You will never reach a state of grace if you offend again.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]The opening fight sequence in the road was a great introduction. The skinning of the snake and the filling of the oil lamps were a nice look into their culture. I also enjoyed the first fight at the Buddhist temple, fight for soy milk, and every fight with the girl or Ghost Face Killer. The scenes with one villain dressed up as a girl, and another villain, Bolo, with red braids were both funny. The training with coins was also interesting.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“You don’t have to hit me.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman]The villains in this film are wonderful. One villain, the first one introduced, has wonderful music played when he appears. The first few times he has a circus type theme song, then later it changes to the pink panther theme song. Ghost Face Killer is always wonderful. 7 Grandmasters is a far superior film; however, if you loved the characters in that film give this one a view. This is an above average kung fu film, but just barely. [/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][/font][/size][size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“Thank god I’m smart.”[/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][/size][/font] [font='Times New Roman']Grade: C+ [/font]

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Kevin Robbins

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