The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Concert Video For Wu-Tang Clans's "Gravel Pit"; Interview With Star Gordon Liu; "Shaolin: A Hero Birthplace"; Feature Commentary by the RZA of Wu-Tang Clan and Film Critic Andy Klein; Stills Gallery; Trailer Gallery; Commentator Biographies
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Editorial Reviews

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This 1978 cult favorite has rightly earned a reputation as one of the great kung-fu films of the 1970s. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin has all the elements of a classic martial arts film: a downtrodden hero who transforms into a kung-fu wizard, complex training scenes that allow the viewer to witness the development of his skills, and an exciting finale that finds the hero giving his powerful tormentors their just desserts. This listing of elements might make the film sound like a pro forma effort but The 36th Chamber of Shaolin nimbly sidesteps such a pitfall thanks to lean, effective storytelling: Ni Kuang's script gets the audience on the hero's side by carefully detailing all the challenges he faces on his way to revenge, and Lau Kar-Leung's direction places an emphasis on his training so the viewer vicariously experiences his metamorphosis from student to master. The end result of their combined efforts has a surprisingly epic feel, yet The 36th Chamber of Shaolin never becomes dull thanks to taut pacing and a superior performance from Gordon Liu; his dashing yet intense persona makes him a compelling focal point and his physical skills make the character's development into a martial arts master believable. His charismatic performance is nicely supported by a gallery of players: Hoi San Lee adds a paternalistic touch to the film as one of the senior monks, and veteran kung-fu star Lo Lieh makes a suitably imposing villain as General Tien. In short, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin delivers enough action to please the kung-fu crowd yet is strong enough in its storytelling and performances to win over those viewers who aren't automatically wowed by martial arts action.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • UPC: 796019799621
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dragon Dynasty
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,249

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cheung
Liu Chia-Yung
Hsu Shao Chiang
Yuan Hsio-Tieng
Hua Lin
Liu Chia Hui
Gordon Lau Liu Yu-te
Lo Lieh
Chen Szu-Chia
Frankie Wei
Yu Yang
Wang Yu
Technical Credits
Liu Chia-Liang Director
Lau Kar-Leung Director
Mona Fong Producer
Chiang Hsing-Lung Editor
Chein Hung-Yu Score Composer
I. Kuang Screenwriter
Run Run Shaw Producer
Johnson Tsao Art Director
Li Yen-Hai Editor
Huang Yueh-Tai Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
1. Main Titles [4:01]
2. The Rebel Genearl's Attack [5:06]
3. Lessions in Oppresion [4:15]
4. Smuggling Secrets [4:44]
5. Uncovering the Rebellion [5:29]
6. On the Run [5:25]
7. How Far to Shaolin Temple? [2:57]
8. Arrival at Shaolin [3:36]
9. Any Monk Can Learn [3:07]
10. The Top Chamber [2:52]
11. The 35th Chamber [5:56]
12. Strength, Balacne, Speed [5:11]
13. The Arm Chamber [3:21]
14. The Bell Chamber [5:53]
15. The Lamp Chamber [4:55]
16. The Head Chamber [3:39]
17. The Boxing Chamber [3:13]
18. Sword and Pole Chambers [3:45]
19. Overseer Challenge [5:06]
20. Three-Jointed Bar [3:37]
21. The 36th Chamber [1:42]
22. Return to the Outside World [6:22]
23. The Rebellious Blacksmith [2:59]
24. A Skeptic Convinced [2:45]
25. Recruiting the Rice Miller [5:05]
26. Attack on Lord Cheng [3:44]
27. A Humble Rebellion [2:29]
28. The Final Showdown [4:30]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
   Play
   Scenes
   Audio Setup
      Mandarin
      Cantonese
      English
   Subtitles Setup
      English
      Spanish
      English For the Hearing Impared
      None
   Special Features
      Feature Commentary
         View the Film With Feature Commentary by Andy Klein & the RZA - On
         View the Film With Feature Commentary by Andy Klein & the RZA - Off
         Commentator Bios
            Andy Klein
            The Rza
      Shaolin: a Hero Birthplace
      Interview Gallery
         Interview With Star Gordon Liu
         Interview With Film Critic/Scholars David Chute & Andy Klein
         Interview With the Rza
      Trailer Gallery
         The 36th Chamber of Shaolin Trailers
            Original Theatrical Trailer
            New Home Video Trailer
            TV Commercial [With Alternate Title Master Killer]
         Other Films From These Filmmakers
            Disciples of the 36th Chamber
            Light-Diagram Pole Fighter
            Five Shaolin Masters
            Legendary Weapons of China
            Return to the 36th Chamber
            Shaolin Mantis
         Shaw Bros. Films Currently Available
            One-Armed Swordsman
            King Boxer
            My Young Auntie
            The Shaw Bros. Collection
         Dragon Dynasty Trailers
            Born to Fight
            Infernal Affairs 3
            Seven Swords
      Stills Gallery
      Wu-Tang Clan Concert Video
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    THE HOLLOWOOD MOTION PICTURES MOVIE FILM THE 36 CHAMBERS OF SHAO

    THE HOLLOWOOD MOTION PICTURES MOVIE FILM THE 36 CHAMBERS OF SHAOLINS IS A GREAT MOVIE WATCH MOVIE MANY YEARS AGO THIS MARTIAL ARTS KONG FU KARATE MOVIE IS THE BEST GREAT MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE SINCE THE MARTIAL ARTS TV SHOW KONG FU STARRING DAVID CARRIDEAN

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Simply the best martial arts pic of all time.

    I was looking for a gift for someone who has studied martial arts and the associate at Barnes and Noble recommended this movie. At first I was'nt sure since the movie was produced in the seventies, but once I watched it I was convinced that he was right, it's simply the best kung fu movie ever made. Right from the beginning you care for the characters and once the fighting sequences begin, your hooked.

    This film has the most grueling scenes I've ever seen in terms of martial arts trainning, I was blown away but the performances. The dialogue is weak at times and it is dubbed in english voiceovers, but you will actually want to take a karate class when it's finished.

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