The 36th Chamber of Shaolin [DVD] [1978]

  • SKU: 8253999
  • Release Date: 06/19/2007
  • Rating: R
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features

  • Concert Video For Wu-Tang Clans's "Gravel Pit"
  • Interview With Star Gordon Liu
  • "Shaolin: A Hero Birthplace"
  • Feature Commentary by the RZA of Wu-Tang Clan and Film Critic Andy Klein
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer Gallery
  • Commentator Biographies


The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Lau Kar-leung directs this revenge thriller, widely considered to be the greatest kung-fu flick of all time. Liu Yu-te (Gordon Lau Kar-fai) is a gentle ethics scholar until his family and friends are brutally slaughtered by a band of Manchu troops. Vowing revenge, he ventures to the fabled Shaolin temple hoping to become a one-man martial arts killing machine. Rechristened San Te, his first year at the temple is spent largely doing menial chores. His begins training during his second year, which involves passing through 35 chambers where he learns the finer points of kung-fu through grueling and excruciating tests. After a year of training, he moves on to learn about weapons. He soon proves to be the finest student in the history of the temple, mastering the entirety of the training in mere five years. He is cast out of the temple, however, for wanting to teach his skills to the masses. Once out of the temple, he assembles a team of fighters and sets out to get revenge. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    John Cheung
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    Liu Chia Hui
  • Lo Lieh
    Lo Lieh
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    Hsu Shao Chiang
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    Yu Yang

Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Essential Shaw Brothers Classic


    This was once released at "Master Killer". The Dragon Dynasty Series has the potential to provide excellent "old school" martial arts films that will thrill both new viewers and hardcore fans. This is an excellent copy of this classic. "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" is a classic Shaw Brothers feature starring the incomparable Gordon Liu as a student who's morals run him head first into the Imperialistic Manchurian Dynasty. His family and friends are slaughtered by the oppressive government. Fleeting for his life, he seeks his revenge by learning the martial arts secrets of Shaolin Temple. However, Shaolin is a peaceful Buddhist temple and is not a sanctuary for hiding political criminals, and he is forced to use trickery in order to enter the temple. Once inside his training begins, but training is often not what it appears to be on the surface. Each grueling mundane task within the temple has be regimented in order to strengthen the body, teach balance and control, and, in the end, to become a master of kung fu. And, of course, he returns to lay down some serious kung fu justice upon his oppressors and manages to avenge this friends and family. This is a "not to be missed" classic directed by Liu Chia-liang (“Legendary Weapons of China” – Celestial Pictures/Image Entertainment release) and guest starring Lo Lieh (“Five Fingers of Death” [aka “King Boxer” – also a Dragon Dynasty release]). Get it while you can. Don't let your chance to get this movie slip through your fingers. I haven't seen it available for close to 20 years. It is just as awesome now as it was then.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Old School Classic!


    I love martial arts movies in general, and I can't believe I've never seen this before. The fighting in this flick is amazing, none of that flying through the air stuff either. Overall, this is one of the best kung fu movies I've ever seen, even when compared to more recent movies. Honestly, It's worth buying just for the final fight scene, which features an amazing 3 section staff fight. I mean when do you ever seriously see a guy fight for more than a second or two with a 3 section? It's from 1978, so you can't expect acting gold and the voices are dubbed badly of course (but I like that anyway). The plot is actually coherent, and pretty easy to follow. Highly recommended!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Greatest kung fu movie ever


    This movie is a kung fu movie done right. It has a compelling story and acting that most movies of the genre don't have. Anyone who love martial arts films should own this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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