WillardMoulton's Rating of Master Killer

Willard's Review of Master Killer

9 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
Master Killer

Master Killer(1978)

[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]SHAO LIN SAN SHI LIU FANG (Master Killer)[/color][/size][/font]

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[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]

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]?For one?s country, one takes risk.?[/color][/size][/font]

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[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]

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[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]

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[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]

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[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]

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[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]

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[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]

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[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]

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]?After all, those who are in charge must be very humble?[/color][/size][/font]

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]MASTER KILLER (1978): 10/10[/color][/size][/font]

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[font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Actors: Chia Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu, Yang Yu[/color][/size][/font]

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[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]