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Master Killer (1978)





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Also Known as Shaolin Master Killer (Which is weird given the monk’s philosophy on killing) 36th Chamber of Shaolin is one of my favorite Kung Fu movies. The reason behind this is the likeability of the main character and the dialogue he has with the elder monks. It is the ultimate story of hero vs villain as we watch a boy witness his village ravaged by bullies, only to leave and become powerful in order to return to teach the villagers how to fight back. Plot: Lo Lieh the Manchurian warlord has moved unto a quiet village in order to crush the rising rebellion there. Two innocent young students are seduced into joining the rebellion by their teacher and the peer pressure of opposing the government. After joining and doing seemingly harmless tasks, like sneaking notes back and forth, the boys along with every other rebel are hunted down to be killed. One of the young men sees his family and friend massacred by the soldiers and is forced to flee into the sanctuary of the Shaolin Temple. The Temple has closed the books on new recruits however and the boy is forced to sneak inside which causes an annoyance with the head monks, who decide to only keep him in order to cure his wounds. Once the dust has settled and his wounds cured, the young man petitions the monks to take him in and they reluctantly agree dubbing him San Te (Gordon Liu). What soon evolves within the walls of the temple is the prominence of arguably the greatest martial student to Shaolin Kung Fu. San Te quickly impresses his masters and advances through the 35 chambers (rooms of martial study) quicker than any other monk ever had. With each promotion he is given more responsibilities and he ultimately asks to open his own chamber, a 36th Chamber which would be the training of outsiders in the discipline of Kung Fu. It is hard to put in words the little moments of greatness that this film offers every minute or so with San Te. I recall especially his master’s reverance when he would join a new chamber and bypass all his brothers into mastery. One monk, after squaring off with him actually steps back, impressed, points at him and says his name. The acting is compelling enough to make you believe that San Te is beyond any other and this is a credit to everyone involved and of course the writing. If you add one Kung-Fu movie to your collection, it should be this one. One of the only two that I can consider perfect due to the martial arts, the dialogue and the convincing story. This is the movie to make you a Gordon Liu fan and you should pick it up as soon as possible.

Gregory Dyer
Gregory Dyer

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]SHAO LIN SAN SHI LIU FANG (Master Killer)[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Director: Chia-Liang Liu[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Writer: Kuang Ni[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“For one’s country, one takes risk.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Here in America, the people walk through their daily lives as if mandatory cogs in the wheel of social and economic progression. We take risks, if necessary, but otherwise lead completely safe lives under the wing of democracy and police surveillance. A lot is taken for granted, and not all of us ever would have stepped into the World Trade Center as it crumbled to the Earth, but the donations were all left with neat and tidy care packages as the firemen walked around in a glass haze of destruction. There is not much that America holds onto as far as risks.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]China, has always been a mainstay of American idolism, with the aspects of Kung-Fu, science, and Buddhism that trickle in across the oceans that separate us. Needless to say, there are many sharp contrasts between our cultures even in today’s modern age. For one, the Chinese adhere to Communism, whereas our government only takes advantage of the loopholes to create an illusion of Republic.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I should have learned kung fu, instead of ethics. If I could fight, I could’ve stopped them!”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Kung-Fu, another mainstay of cinematic culture in America had its beginnings in the ancient days of Buddhism, when teachers at select schools of thought allowed their students to take up boxing. It began as Karate, and quickly evolved to contain a more fluid motion and movement in fighting style. Buddhists were not allowed to actually hurt other people, so the reason for their training remained mysterious until the Wu-Tang or Southern revolution that caused the burning of the main temple in Shaolin.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Master Killer, or “The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin”, is based on the legends that stirred around after the Southern farming lands of China reclaimed their unity across China. The ideas that were based in Shaolin at the time were based on a 35 Chamber training session that culminated in a mastering of physical movement to ultimately understand all of the major forms of fighting that could be used in battle. As we see in the film, this was not at all constrained to the average stuff that is taught today at modern Kung-Fu schools in America. In fact, many of their practices would be made illegal if introduced these days in America.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Gordon Liu, by far one of the most underlooked and best Kung-Fu actors in the business shines like a star in this film. From the opening credits’ grunting display of superior Kung-Fu, to the humbleness of his approach to the temple, we see a young man struggling against the oppression of China’s police state known as Manchu. This was the idea of the film, no doubt, to show that even a young apprentice with limited expertise could ideally become one of the grand masters in a trade. Nonetheless, the end sequence is so moving that we feel as though the American “Rocky” series owes more to it than anything ever done in American boxing.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]This is the greatest training film ever made, surpassing anything I’ve ever seen in the way of showing how a young man can be transformed over time to an archetypical master of trade. Martial arts films were at one time real, as this demonstrates for us, and not whimsical art-fests of CGI graphics. The results are stunning, amazing, awestriking, and worth the time of every view. The direction is superb, and the writing is hard-hitting to the point of sublime reaction.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“After all, those who are in charge must be very humble”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]MASTER KILLER (1978): 10/10[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Actors: Chia Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu, Yang Yu[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Producer: Mona Fong, Run Run Shaw, Chia-Hsi Huang[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Cinematographer: Huang Yeh-Tai[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Music: Yung-Yu Chen[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Editor: Hing Lung Gueng, Yen Hae Li[/color][/size][/font]

Willard Moulton
Willard Moulton

[center][img][/img] [left]Better known as The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Master Killer is the story of San Te, played by Gordon Lui, whos family is killed by evil rulers that are taking control of his village. He goes off to the Shaolin temple to learn the ways of kung fu. I was actually reminded of Rocky while watching this film, as most of this film deals with the actual training the character is going through and the determination he has. It was fun to watch and had quite a few memorable scenes, I definately saw why this film is referred to as one of the greatest kung fu movies of all time. [img][/img][img][/img][img][/img] [/left] [/center]

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