The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) - Action, Adventure, Drama

Hohum Score

4

Breathtaking

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo
Length: 115 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 2 out of 73 found boring (2.73%)

One-line Reviews (37)

This movie contained all the serious and arduous physical training that is so fascinating about martial arts, and which so many movies - incl.

Any comments from other users regarding this would be appreciated, as I was considering purchasing a copy from an American online shop - the movie is definitely worth watching a few times.

The training sequences are so unique and cool, and the fight scenes are thrilling and very well-choreographed.

Worth watching!

This luxurious Kung Fu film was marvelously filmed with good production design , colorful cinematography , a lot of zooms and breathtaking scenes .

The results are stunning, amazing, awestriking, and worth the time of every view.

It's just a lot of fun and it's exciting and almost kind of enlightening in a wholly B-movie way to see this guy become tougher and stronger and ready to be ready to defend AND attack.

Choreographed and directed by Chia-Liang Liu, this features fight scenes so intense that they keep you watching, and scarcely let you take a breath.

Drunken Master had fast, exciting, energetic fights that were extremely good.

Entertaining, Great Choreorgraphy, Fun .

Action packed, funny at moment, with a positive plot that will get your cheering for the under dog.

The picture starts with an opening credits showing a demonstration of martial arts against an empty backdrop .

It is compelling to see Gordon Liu's character go from a somewhat inept scholar to a master of martial arts.

However The 36h Chamber of Shaolin had slower less interesting fights so as a martial arts movie I do not think it deserved a 10 out of 10.

the martial arts is great and the story is extremely absorbing.

Took me way too long to view this epic chop-socky flick .

Excellent production values allow for a lot of potent atmosphere and flavour, and the music by Yung-Yu Chen is suitably rousing.

), but what gets this movie going is its rousing training sequences.

Every obstacle is gripping and wonderful to watch, some of them we see how rigorously he has to practice (walking across small logs on a small body of water is one of them, a highlight for me), and some of them are nearly ridiculous (how the older monks keep tapping for a wrist-tapping exercise on a gong which reaches a frenzied pace).

It's interesting and "absorbing".

I had tried to watch it once but for some reason the overly earnest credit sequence put me off, but the second time I was more in the mood and I enjoyed it a great deal.

he is probably the finest performer of traditional kung fu ever filmed, bar none, and utterly fascinating to watch.

The training sessions, as he goes from chamber to chamber (hence the name "36 Chambers" in some English versions of the movie) are intense and difficult.

His close-ups are intense, and his long shots are breathtaking and haunting at times.

Too unrealistic but entertaining .

Much of the running time consists of elaborate training rituals which as any kung fu fan knows are always entertaining to watch.

Creative fighting and training sequences form a major chunk of the film and are engrossing to watch.

The film is very slick, and despite the yawn factor of the 'secret mystical sect' schtick, I liked the fact that the training exercises where oblique, and that the only actual shaolin fighting that occurred in the temple came down to the contest scenes with the senior monk.

Other films Lau made or helped choreograph that I recommend is: The Deadly Duo, The Heroic Ones, Shaolin Mantis, Mad Monkey Kungfu, Executioners of Death, Heroes Two, its sequel: Disciples of Death, Five Masters of Death, Shaolin Martial Arts, Legendary Weapons of Kungfu, 8 Diagram Pole Fighters, Disciples of Master Killer (Master Killer III) 1984/5, Legend of Drunken Master (Drunken Master II), etc. Many of the movies he is involved with are worth watching, at least for their action even if sometimes the plot lines are a little weak.

Entertaining chopsocky about a young man who must master thirty-five different kung fu techniques, each taught in a different chamber at the local Shaolin monastery, before he can establish the titular thirty-sixth chamber, share his knowledge with the people, and liberate them from the oppressive yoke of their Manchu overlords.

Overwhelming attacks and exciting combats very well staged , the result is a strong entry for action buffs .

Enjoyable old school martial arts movie .

the martial arts is great and the story is extremely absorbing.

Impressive and rousing fights with deadly use of fists , feet and palms , along with such weapons as swords, sticks , and lances .

Lieh Lo, John Cheung, and Wilson Tong are very effective loathsome bad guys, and the engaging Yue Wong is quite appealing in the small, fairly comic role of "Miller Six", whose father died before he could give his son a name.

Its only shortcoming is that, while entertaining and great to look at, it isn't exciting or suspenseful.

It is artfully directed and edited and endlessly entertaining containing some of the most interesting "training scenes" that I have seen in a martial arts film, or any film for that matter.