Shao Lin da peng da shi (Master Killer II)(Return to the 36th Chamber) Reviews
A small town is filled with dye workers that are overtaken by the Manchu who come in with their own dye workers and quickly put the town folk out of business. A man pretending to be a Shaolin monk arrives in town and the town folk think they've been saved, but they quickly find out he's a fraud. He agrees to go to the Shaolin temple, truly learn martial arts, and comes back to save them. He is put to various tasks, but nothing he resembles as martial arts. Will the fraud be able to save the people from the Manchu?
"My life is difficult."
Liu Chia-Liang, director of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Dirty Ho, Shaolin Mantis, The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, The Legend of Drunken Master, and Drunken Master Killer, delivers Return of the 36th Chamber. The storyline for this picture isn't a follow up to the previous picture, but a unique plot that isn't as dynamic and entertaining. The action remains excellent and Gordon Liu is awesome in the lead role.
"Most of us steal food now."
I watched this a long time ago and was surprised I never wrote a review for it. This was recently added to Netflix so I decided to watch it again. I enjoyed this movie and always have, but this is a step down from the original and only a classic due to Liu's greatness. This is a must see for martial arts genre fans.
"I'm not a sack of grain."
Gordon Liu shows his acting range. He does not start off as a badass this time, instead he plays a goofy man who can act and uses it for trouble. When he gets beat up the Manchurians while trying to pass himself off as a powerful monk, he trains for real and becomes a fighting machine.
By adding humour, it adds another dimension. The training scenes are hilarious, and it entertains until the big final finish in a construction zone with scaffolding. A very entertaining martial arts movie.
I don't want to give it away, so I'll stop there, but, even though the first holds it's own, it may be said that the final pay-off in this one is a lot more satisfying. It's more drawn out, and because, partly, of the comedy the stunts and fantastic.
Is just the comedy and ridiculous situations don't feel so cool as the drama of the first part.
But anyway, forgetting this, the action sequences are really, really amazing.