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36th Chamber of Shaolin [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Chia-Hui Liu , Lieh Lo , Chia-Liang Liu    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu, Yung Henry Yu
  • Directors: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Writers: Kuang Ni
  • Producers: Chia-Hsi Huang, Mona Fong, Run Run Shaw
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Chinese, English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Dragon Dynasty
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MM0LEG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic display integrated into a decent story. 6 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I remember seeing this over a decade ago. I loved the martial arts choreography! Both my two brothers enjoyed this when they rented it out. The story of a renegade young student fleeing the Manchu authorities sets into motion the long path to revenge. But life within the monastery is far from easy. Son-Tare must first complete his training in thirty five phazes (and the last is something of a shock) before he can call himself a true Shaolin Buddhist monk. Fetes of speed, reflex, dexterity, strength, and weaponskill, are required to overcome all the obstacles to his destiny. As the determined Son-Tare attains rank with age, he puts his newly-gained experience to the ultimate test. The finale is truly satisfying. I recently bought 36th Chamber...from Amazon, and haven't regretted my purchase. I've seen it three more times since, it's that gripping, and amazingly fast. It must have taken ages to get the dazzling fighting moves just right. Brilliant! One of the best martial arts films out of the late 70's-early 80's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN AKA MASTER KILLER 21 July 2006
To start off with , this movie was done by one of the greatest driectors in martial arts history , lau kar leung . It was 1978 the same year when warriors two , drunken master and other classics were being released .The golden period of hong kong was from 1975 to 1985 , some of the greates flicks ever came out in this period.

Lau kai fai [gordon liu] takes the main role , whcih would basically make him one of the greates martial art stars in history. With him you have the likes of lo leigh , le hoi san , lau kar wing [short role]

the movie was a massive hit at the time , and still now is regareded as one of the best kung fu films ever.

The story is about a student whos been caught as a ching rebel , during the manchu invasion of china . As chaos hits the streets of canton , as executions and torture takes place. Gordon liu who plays the legendary monk san te esapes with his freind to shaolin temple to learn kung fu .

San te only jus manages to get inn .

Now he wishes to learn kung fu , and we see many taining situations and a lot of action .

In the last part of the film san te goes back to his town to gather students to teach kung fu , at the same time to destroy the evil ching generals.

i have the crash cinema version , whcih has got a decent picture but low sound .

The upps and downs are ....

the upps =

great cinimatic sound , picture and film lol]

Great action cheorgraphy

brilliant story

very entertaining

great cast

the downs=

I expected more of a fight in the end , which is a bit short.

And there should of been more fist fights than weapons .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for Martial Arts Fans and Film fans 14 Feb 2009
I've just purchased the region 1 edition which appears identical to this. The film dates from 1978, but you would never guess that. It looks as though it was made yesterday. The picture and sound quality are superb. In its original widescreen this looks stunning.

The story is simple but effective. Chia Hui/Gordon Liu (better known as the actor who played Pei Mei in Kill Bill) plays San Te a rebellious student who decides to learn martial arts at the Shaolin temple so that he can exact revenge on the Manchu.

The heart of this film is San Te's training at the Shaolin temple. Here he must master the 35 chambers, each representing a different skill or technique that is required for him to become a master. The 36th Chamber is his own. It was during one of these training sequences that I realised I had seen a small part of the film before. So it does get shown on TV occasionally.

The region 1 edition has a number of good extras including an interview with Gordon Lui, commentaries and further interviews. Sometimes this film is also known as Shaolin Master Killer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 36th chamber of Shaolin 2 Nov 2009
This is one of the finest martial arts films ever made. There is only one minor flaw I can mention with this film and that is the final fight sequence where Liu Chia-Hui takes on Lo Lieh there is no real ending to the fight as it just shows a few freeze frames after there very exciting battle.

Still this is a great film with some fine training sequences. A must see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seek justice... 15 Aug 2014
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Blurb reads "the greatest kung fu" film ever and who am I to argue. While this is pretty slim on kung fu its a great story - San Te escapes a crackdown on student dissidents and decides to quit medicine to learn kung fu so that he can teach the people to fight back against the injustice of the Manchu rulers. At the Shaolin temple he has to pass through the 35 chambers where each time he has to learn a tedious task. However, in the fight sequence at the finale we see that each of the tedious lessons actually taught him something important to use in his fighting.

Unlike most of the kung fu movies out there, this one is beautifully transferred and presented which does justice to such a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slap~head from Shaolin 7 Dec 2013
Some Manchu tough guys roll into town and true to form, there goes the neighbourhood!
This time around they're rooting out supporters of the old dynasty and butchering any subversives not on their anti~social wavelength. Inevitably this leads to injustice, and so a young idealist gets himself involved, only to then realise he is no match for their badass antics. Leaving no alternative other than to run off to a Shaolin temple, so he can learn some new Saturday night moves and avenge his father's murder, by giving them a dose of their own bad medicine...

Absolute cracker this one! I first saw this in the 80s and it has held it's head high in my collection ever since.. Lau Kar Leung directs, Gordon Liu stars. With Lo Lieh as the head bad guy, along with nearly every face you would expect from the Shaw Brothers stable at that time making an appearance. There's humour (admittedly wacky hearted), and tons of crazy, late night training techniques and fights, the result of which, helping to forge this into the 70s kung fu classic it is today. The monk with the steel hand on his 'correctional' stick, in order to smack his under performing students, being my favourite. With eventually Liu, driven by his own vengeance, progressing through the chambers quickly, eventually becoming expelled, in time to unleash havoc on the forces that killed off his folks.

Of course this film wont improve your life, but with it's Shaolin styles and nonstop kung fu shenanigans, it certainly had a great impact on mine! There's some seemingly trademark (Lau Kar Leung also the action choreographer) Three Sectional Staff work and Jedi Mindbombfu...

All in all, it's an exteremly enjoyable 'Shaolin Schooler', which although dated, still has some excellent moments! Highly recommended ~ for any age!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
If your familiar with martial films and are a Fan then order this film, one of the old time greats. Gordon Liu's great performance as he always gives 100% effort. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2011 by Alta'ir
5.0 out of 5 stars ITAL SHAOLIN



Published on 15 Dec 2010 by Michael W. Parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to your collection
Worth purchasing if you are big on kungfu. Alot of fighting scenes. I wasn't disappointed.
Published on 15 Oct 2010 by Jagry
5.0 out of 5 stars Bit short..or is it..?
I nearly bought this because it's so cheap..until I saw its only 89 minutes long!Is this the U.S.cut or something? Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by L. A. Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars can this kung fu flick ever be out done??
This is the Godfather of Kung Fu films, simple story, great action, no over the top stunts or gravity defying acrobatics to land a simple punch. A classic!! Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by Vikram Bhalla
4.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu flickfest !
This martial arts classic is a must for any fan of this genre and is surely one of the best films of its day . Read more
Published on 2 April 2010 by David McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars FU 4 U REVIEW #1: THE 36TH CHAMBER OF THE SHAOLIN
Want to know what the score is with 36th Chamber of the Shaolin? Well it's your lucky day as I have crafted a pro's and cons list to inform and invigorate your brain. Enjoy! Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2009 by Haunted Nostril
3.0 out of 5 stars good insight into shaolin temple life
A good film I think, shows him going through all the chambers of the shaolin temple. I've seen a lot better kung-fu movies but it's still worth adding to your collection!
Published on 10 April 2001
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