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Return to the 36th Chamber [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Chia-Hui Liu , Lung Wei Wang , Chia-Liang Liu    DVD
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Product details

  • Actors: Chia-Hui Liu, Lung Wei Wang, Hou Hsiao, Lun Hua, Yeong-Mun Kwon
  • Directors: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Writers: Kuang Ni
  • Producers: Mona Fong, Run Run Shaw
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Dragon Dynasty
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,857 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sequel 25 July 2013
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This is a really disappointing sequel to the classic "36th chamber of shaolin" In this one, the emphahsis is more on comedy with the Gordon Liu playing a character predtending to be the character from the first film (confused!) There's too much goofyness and there's a silly character that has stupid prosthetic buck teeth that are just ridiculous. The story isn't as good as the first movie either and this has to be one of the most disappointing sequels i've ever seen. There are far better Shaw Bros films out there, so go check those out but give this one a miss. For Shaw Bros completists only.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return to the 36th Chamber 7 Nov 2010
Workers of a dye factory have their pay cut by 20% when the owner hires a group of Manchu thugs to increase the production. So the workers get the aid of con man Chao Jen-Cheh (Gordon Liu)to pose as a Shaolin Martial Arts expert to scare the owners into giving them their full pay back but when he gets exposed as a fake, he is forced to join a real Shaolin temple to learn Martial Arts and exact revenge.

Although this film stars Gordon Liu and is called 'Return to the 36th Chamber of Shaolin' it isn't exactly a direct sequel to 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin'. Gordon Liu stars as different character to the first film but there is quite a few Similarities between the two characters.

There are some great fight sequences throughout, (the best been the amazing fight at the end) but there are also some amazing martial arts displained in the scaffold sequence.

The only real problem I had with this film is the anoying comedy music played over a couple of scenes which would have been so much better if no music had been used, other than that this is a great film and a must see!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is, technically, a sequel. That might be obvious from the title but the film doesn't seem like a sequel so finding it after enjoying it so many years ago was not easy. In fact, it was the third film with the phrase '36th chamber' in it that I bought. The first film ( The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin [DVD] [1983] )starred Gordon Liu (or Chia Hui Liu)of KILL BILL 1 & 2 fame as San Te, who founds the 36th Chamber and takes revenge on some Manchus (The Chinese love their scapegoats, luckily its not the English this time) in this sequel, San Te makes an appearence, but played by someone else and Gordon Liu plays Chu Jen-chieh; a conman who imitates San Te. Confused?

Its not that convoluted, especially if you forget about the earlier film and watch this as a self-contained movie, which is essentially what it is. There are some great ideas in it, notably the idea of learning martial arts without being aware that that's what you're doing - a notion made much more famous in the 80's with the release of Karate Kid [DVD] [1984] though this does it well and maybe with more humour. In fact there is quite a lot of comedy in the film, from Chu's doomed attempt to portray a shaolin monk to his realisation that he does indeed know some kung fu. As martial arts comedies go the only thing better might be the amazing Kung Fu Hustle [DVD] [2005] - but back to this one, this is a great movie, good action, good comedy and everything you want from a cheesy late 70's (it was actually 1980 but you know what I mean) Shaw Brothers movie.

Get it!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a masta piece, one of the few films of this genre to make me laugh (and not simply at poor dubbing/ acting).. though it ain't a comedy like some cheesy slapstick..8/ but retro cool n thrilling jacky chan classics, aint going to bother talking through the plot/story in detail but be assured its solid, involves revenge, Wicked traing scenes, excellent characters thanks to director 'n actors ( liu chia liang & gordon liu..etc) excellent end battle scene and imaginative workable techniques (bites tongue).

if u liked 36th chamber and craved more complex/acrobatic action you'll surely love this.

def' recommend, check for a full/better=( review.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't Lose with Gordon Liu 20 Nov 2002
By P. Burdick - Published on
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The more I watch Gordon Liu, the more I like him, not only for his excellent martial arts abilities, but also for his expressive acting abilities (even though constrained--or enhanced(?)--by the dubbing), which this film showcases.

Liu plays a winsome, selfish con-man who in the course of the story unwittingly masters a very unique kung-fu style and overcomes his selfishness, but who does not lose the vitality of the character he portrays (with a sort of easy-going brashness) in the process. This film genuinely made me laugh! And that is not a frequent event for me while watching movies--even intentional comedies. Liu vents a natural, unforced humor, that carries the story along and even cheerfully colors his fights; he's funny without, apparently, trying to be.
This is one of my all-time favorite kung-fu films for hero portrayal and development. Top shelf, for sure!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Gordon Liu Shaws Brothers Movie!! 10 July 2001
By "greg_rodgers" - Published on
This movie is classic Liu Brothers! The story has nothing to do with 36 chambers of Shaolin aka Master Killer, however, Gordon Liu does visit the Shaolin Temple once again only this time he is a vagabond type that scams people for money. In an attempt to help his friends who work company that makes material for clothing, he assumes the role of the Shaolin Temples Monk San Te. In reality Liu's character knows no Kung Fu and he uses tricks to make the companies slave drivers think that
He is a master. When Liu confronts the owner of the company played by Wang Lung Wei, Wang quickly defeats Liu and then makes life 20 times Worse for his friends. Liu, feeling like he has let his friends down vows to Learn kung fu and defeat Wang in attempts to make things better for his Suffering brothers. Liu goes to Shaolin and tries to bluff his way into the Temple but is caught by the Shaolin priests every time. Eventually the Real San Te see's what Liu is trying and allows him to stay at the Temple, However, Liu is only allowed to fix the scaffolding around the 36 chambers And is not taught kung it seems. Liu, while fixing up the temple watches And learns kung fu by imitating the movements of the Shaolin Monks. After many years, San Te kicks Liu out of the temple knowing Liu has learned Kung fu, but Liu thinks he has not learned a thing until he returns to his friends. Exciting kung fu follows as Liu and Wang Lung Wei get it on!! Very good transfer of the fullscreen version of the Shaw Classic, however the movie Is plagued by overblown comedy, and comedic training sequences that actually Bog down this movie until the climatic fighting in the last 30 min, but that fighting Is so off the hook!! I'd get this movie if you are a classic Shaw collector as Gordon Liu makes every movie he is in shine, but if you aren't a avid lover Of classic martial arts movies you may not enjoy it that much.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to a classic 19 Feb 2002
By M J Burnham - Published on
This was one of first kung fu movies i saw on the old VHS system and what a movie - titled over here as " Return to the 36th Chamber" its a sort of sequel to the Classic movie "The 36th chamber of shaolin" - aka Shaolin Master Killer .
Again it stars Gordon Liu this time not replaying his role from the original movie(San te) but playing a new role as con man who comes to the aid of his oppressed dye workers who are being bullied by manchu henchman , originally hired to fool the henchman into believing he is San Te from the shaolin temple , when his bluff is called , he is severely beaten and thus vows to learn kung fu at the shaolin temple to avenge his friends . Great martial arts feature throughout this movie (as you would expect from a shaw brothers film) with a all star cast as well as the lovely Hui Ying Hung (in a non fighting role)this is a must and with the low price how can you go wrong.....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated at best... a must have for Kung Fu junkies! 17 April 2007
By Andrew R. Schwint - Published on
It is difficult to get ahold of a good copy of this film - my version is a pirated copy that I got in college years ago. Why did I go out and hunt down a pirated copy? When I was about 9 years old I would fake sick to stay home from Sunday School and watch Kung Fu Theatre on Sunday mornings. I have seen countless movies, but this one stood out in my memory. So 20 years later I decided I had to have it. I bought a couple of versions, mis-named movies, movies that had the right description on the back of the case, but a different movie in the box, you name it... it was painstaking. I have seen it called Master Killer (obviously that is not this film), I have seen it called Return to the 36th Chamber, The 36th Chamber, etc.

Be careful - there is a Gordon Liu film in which he plays an abbott in the Shaolin temple, that movie sucks. Its "Return of Master Killer" that you want.

Here is a little background on this film. Liu starred in the awesome film Master Killer, where he plays San Te. Its a serious film, and a classic in its own right. The Return of Master Killer really has nothing to do with it. Its how the production company's rename these films that gets this all confused. In this film, a comedy, that Gordon Liu plays a con-man who tells everyone he is San Te. When he is exposed as a fraud, guilt drives him to the Shaolin Temple to learn real Kung Fu. Again, he has to con his way in.

Once in the temple he is punished, and put to work. He is not "taught" Kung Fu, however as the movie unfolds he learns it anyway by observing as he works... where the motions he makes while working become Kung Fu motions. NOBODY ever says it, but this movie has to be a direct source of inspiration for the Karate Kid. There are so many similarities. There are tons of other films that have come and gone that draw upon this great film for inspiration, another that comes to mind is the Jet Li movie Romeo Must Die. During this film there is a fight scene that takes place on some scaffolding where Jet Li uses zip-ties to tie up his opponents... yeah, you can see the original version of that very fight scene on the bamboo scaffolding in Return of Master Killer.

No Kung Fu afficianado should be without it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst one in the 36 Chambers Series! 29 July 2011
By Eternal Rainbow - Published on
I am a big fan of Shaw Brother movies, and I saw the first and third versions of the 36th Chambers movies. The first one stars Gordon Liu as San Te, who runs away and joins the Shaolin Temple. He is at first rejected but overcomes the obstacles before him through hard work, patience, determination, and diligence, winning admirers within the temple until he earns his own chamber... The 36th Chamber.

The third movie in the 36 Chamber series stars Gordon Liu in a supporting role next to Hsiao Hou who plays Fong Sai Yuk. In both of these actors' extremely capable hands, Disciples of the 36th Chambers doesn't disappoint. The martial arts is great. Disciples of the 36th Chamber is also the last movie Lau Kar Leung directed through Shaw Brothers.

Comparatively, Return to the 36th Chamber is a TERRIBLE movie. In fact, it is probably the worst movie Lau Kar Leung ever made. For one, the movie doesnt' have a lot of fighting. Mostly actors like Gordon Liu (pretending to be monk San Te) getting beat up along side Hsiao Hou (dressed in disguise as a defenseless factory worker with bad teeth and skin). The worst part is that Hsiao Hou didn't get to display any of his acrobatic skills or kung fu in the movie and Gordon Liu didn't do any "real" fighting until the last five or ten minutes of the movie. Kara Hui was in it and she also did nothing. It was a big fat waste of time and I was so disappointed, I only needed to watch it once, unlike the other movies where I watch them over and over again.

Gordon Liu plays a loser con man who can't get his lies straight, even after he is accepted into the Temple as a pupil of San Te (PLAYED BY ANOTHER ACTOR!!! luckily for him, the actor did a good job but still, he was NOT Gordon Liu in his most famous role). In this movie, Liu learns something called Scaffolding Kung Fu... that's right. Scaffolding. SIGH.

If you like the 36th Chamber movies, watch the original or Disciples of the 36th Chamber (the latter is my favorite out of the series). Master Killer aka 36 Chambers is heralded as the best kung fu movie in history (though in my opinion, 8 Pole Diaphram, also starring Gordon Liu, is a much better movie).
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