36th Chamber of Shaolin (Shao Lin san shi liu fang) (1979)





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Lau Kar-leung directs this revenge thriller, widely considered to be the greatest kung-fu flick of all time. Liu Yu-te (Gordon Lau Kar-fai) is a gentle ethics scholar until his family and friends are brutally slaughtered by a band of Manchu troops. Vowing revenge, he ventures to the fabled Shaolin temple hoping to become a one-man martial arts killing machine. Rechristened San Te, his first year at the temple is spent largely doing menial chores. His begins training during his second year, which involves passing through 35 chambers where he learns the finer points of kung-fu through grueling and excruciating tests. After a year of training, he moves on to learn about weapons. He soon proves to be the finest student in the history of the temple, mastering the entirety of the training in mere five years. He is cast out of the temple, however, for wanting to teach his skills to the masses. Once out of the temple, he assembles a team of fighters and sets out to get revenge. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Yu Yang
as Hung Sze-kwan
Chia Hui Liu
as San Te
Norman Chu
as Liu Tsai
Lieh Lo
as General Tien
Lung Chan
as Abbot in charge of Staff Chamber
Shen Chan
as Abbot in charge of Wrist Chamber
Gordon Lau
as Liu Yu-te
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Critic Reviews for 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Shao Lin san shi liu fang)

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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Gordon Liu's masterpiece returns to DVD in a terrific new edition that reconfirms its classic status.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
IGN Movies

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October 7, 2005

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Full Review… | October 12, 2003
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Audience Reviews for 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Shao Lin san shi liu fang)


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there is a reason that this is considered by many to be the greatest kung fu movie of all time. the training sequences are among the best and most comprehensive ever filmed, the story isnt quite unique but it is well crafted, and the fight sequences are solid. an amazing fictional tale that attempts to offer a possible history of the bringing of shaolin kung fu to the masses.

danny d
danny d

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A solid notch above almost all other Shaw films I've seen, this one was more exciting and dramatically developed than the usual. And it looked great in HD.

Steve K
Steve K

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