The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin

MGM – Thursday 7 August, 8.30pm

There have been many movies set in the famed Shaolin temple, but none have captured the monastery’s martial arts world quite like The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin. Legendary director of the genre, Lau Kar-Leung, made a star of his brother, Gordon Liu (seen recently as Uma Thurman’s karate instructor in Kill Bill Vol. 2), in this look at anti-Ching dynasty rebels and their revolt against the Manchus. Liu’s character attains the ultimate knowledge of kung fu by arduously mastering one chamber after another, eventually reaching the fabled 36th chamber. Armed with this knowledge, the monks engage in some of the most exciting battles ever staged in the history of martial arts movies.
This was the number one hit for the Shaw Brothers’ in 1978 and picked up the Martial Arts award at the 24th Asian Film Festival.
“One of the greatest martial arts films of all time” —

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