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36th Chamber Of Shaolin (Mandarin w/ Eng Subs) (1978) @ TIFF Lightbox

  • Jun 22, 2013 · 9:30 PM
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Wow, I come back from Iceland and I see TIFF's been playing some great chinese action films.  Too bad, I missed scheduling Drunken Master.  Oh well, seeing this Shaw Brothers Classic, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, will make up for it by a long shot!  This is one of the most memorable 'old school' kung fu films, with an engaging plot, and well choreographed fight sequences.  Starring Gordon Liu, who would continue to shave his head like the title character in future films, and directed by Lau Kar Leung, AKA 'Pops', a director known for his attention to martial arts detail, since he was a disciple of the Hung Gar style 2nd or 3rd generation from Wong Fei Hung's original students.


36th Chamber of Shaolin AKA Master Killer (Mandarin w/ Eng Subs) (1978)

Movie synopsis:

First released in North America as Master Killer and immortalized by a certain New York hip-hop collective, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is the unquestioned masterpiece of the great director and fight choreographer Lau Kar-leung, and arguably the greatest martial-arts film of all time. The director's bald-pated godbrother Gordon Liu became a star as San Te, a young man drawn into a rebellion against the oppressive Manchu government. After a brutal Manchu attack slaughters his friends and family members, the wounded San Te flees to the Shaolin Temple and spends years mastering his martial-arts skills in the monks' punishing training regimen, in preparation for some well-earned payback. While in outline 36th Chamber follows the revenge narrative template so typical of the genre, director Lau — a bona fide martial-arts master whose father studied with the legendary Wong Fei-hung — emphasizes the discipline and dedication of the martial arts, as opposed to the flamboyant brutality of his contemporary Chang Cheh (One-Armed Swordsman). But this grounding in (relative) realism doesn't stop 36th Chamber from being riotously entertaining: San Te's bruising, unsentimental education provides some of the most spectacular (and hilarious) sequences in kung-fu film history.




Meetup Location: I will be at the ground floor, by the stairs across from the box office.

Movie meetup time: 9:30pm.  Will wait about 10min.

The movie starts @ 10:00pm.

Movie Running Time: 119m

Cost of movie: $12

 I look forward to seeing you there!!


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  • Phil D

    Last posting, this is a trailer from the other film he released the same year as 36th Chamber of Shaolin. This one was called Shaolin Mantis. Since Lau Kar Leung liked to educate film goers on the martial arts styles, he put together vignettes and trailers like this one which spliced in demos with scenes from the film. He's the first one doing the demo and narrates throughout this trailer.

    June 25, 2013

  • Phil D

    He would often act in his kung fu films, not just direct. In My Young Auntie from 1981 (a Shaw Bros film), he had this awesome fight scene at the end. He's the 'old uncle' wearing the brown clothes. A skilled martial artist in addition to being a great director. RIP.

    June 25, 2013

  • Phil D

    Sadly, I just found out that the director, Lau Kar Leung, just passed away today. His movies are ranked as among the best that came out of Shaw Brothers studios.

    June 25, 2013

  • bernies

    Wow, I agree Phil, it was a fascinating movie highlighting the brutal daily training where a Shaolin monk achieves physical and mental strength and resilience. Glad I stayed up to watch this with your martial arts enthusiasts :)

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Phil D

    Great movie, its been a favourite of mine since I was a kid and watched the kung fu movies on TV in the 80s. Back then they were English dubbed, this presentation was the original mandarin with subtitles. The fight scenes were definitely the highlights, on top of the wonderful training sequences showing how San Te developed from a scared kid to a force to be reckoned with. Thanks for coming out to the film!

    2 · June 23, 2013

  • Etienne

    I am in with Debra we are going inside to save a few seats

    June 22, 2013

  • Phil D

    On the way. Might be there around 940pm.

    June 22, 2013

  • jane

    They should just stop kicking each other! :-)

    June 19, 2013

  • Nancy C

    I'll see how I feel after the hike.. :)

    June 19, 2013

  • Phil D

    Also, Jackie Chan's Police Story is playing Thursday June 13th at 6pm at TIFF. I can't do it as an invent because it's last minute, and I'll be getting there almost at the time it starts.

    June 12, 2013

  • Phil D

    Just an FYI, Bruce Lee's film 'Fist of Fury', the one where he avenges his teacher's death by taking on the Japanese, is playing at TIFF Lightbox at 9pm on Friday June 14th. Too last minute to schedule it as a meetup. Co-star Nora Miao will be attending and will give the introduction, so it might be busy.

    June 12, 2013

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