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One for Martial Arts Fans and Film fans
on 14 February 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.