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Shaolin Master Killer [Import]

Chia-Hui Liu , Lieh Lo , Chia-Liang Liu    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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A pure old-school martial arts movie, beloved by aficionados, that also appeals to nonfans simply as a rousing action film. The often-imitated fact-based plot (see The Karate Kid) centers upon the rigorous training process undergone in the mid-19th century by the anti-Manchu Chinese patriot San Te (Gordon Liu). It's depicted as a grueling voyage into the unknown. Cast out of his home village when he stands up to the cruel warlord (Lo Lieh) who slaughtered his parents, the refugee seeks out the martial monks of the Shaolin Temple, who steer him through a torturous series of "chambers"--horrendous ordeals designed to build strength and agility--before he's even allowed to study boxing or swordfighting. Finally he defeats a rival by inventing a brand-new weapon, the three-section chain-linked staff. But innovation can be carried only so far; when San Te suggests opening a "36th chamber" in the temple that would teach Shaolin techniques to the populace at large (so that they can fight the nasty Manchus) he is drummed out of the corps. Naturally he returns to his home village, slaughters the baddies, and prepares to open China's first public Shaolin-style kung fu school. Many of the pupils San Te recruits in the final reel became legendary martial artists in their own right, the "Fathers of the Church" of the Chinese kung fu tradition. This is strong action entertainment with real historical resonance. --David Chute

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By vailsy
As usual, because this is an English/French version some compromises have been made. In this case on the audio track

As an English speaker, I can handle the English track being in mono, while the French version is in 2.0 'surround'.. but why is the Cantonese version also in mono at the expense of a larger French soundtrack? Surely the Cantonese version should be in 2.0 (or even better presented in 2.0 'surround' and mono), and the French and English versions should both be in mono

To make matters worse the Mandarin soundtrack, which I believe to be the original, has gone completely which is ridiculous

It annoys me that the French soundtrack has been given preferential treatment when this is a Hong Kong movie. Maybe next time let's all compromise on video quality so there can be a special high quality French version of a HK martial arts movie?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible sound ruins movie! Sept. 1 2002
By A Customer
The movie's awesome but the horrible sound quality makes it hard to sit through. You can't hear any of the dialogue unless you turn up the volume real high, but then all the sound effects become deafening. Buy it because it's a classic, but know you will be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Martial arts classic Jan. 22 2014
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Fantastic quality remake of this martial arts classic. Commentary by the Rza and interview with Gordon Liu make this a must have for the martial art movie aficionado.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu for beginners Jan. 17 2014
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A wonderful introduction to the world and powers of Kung Fu . For the new comer a great film to watch, for the seasoned KF expert it's back to basics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 36th Chamber of Shaolin Dec 5 2013
By Val
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Product is good for the money.
It has good quality image. The story it is interesting.
I will recommend it to a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic May 23 2013
By Buju
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You Can't go wrong with this one. It is an epic revenge tail starring gordon liu where he got to go through an harcore training (the 35 chambers) in order to learn some kung fu. A lot of special features: (interview with the RZA + commentary on the movie)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu boy Jan. 15 2013
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This simplistic story filled with incompetent kung fu left me bored and frustrated. I heard the film was good, but found it a drag.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Jan. 7 2013
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This brings back memories of my younger days of rushing home after judo class on Saturdays to watch kung fu theatre.The quality is good. I had no complaints with this video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie is awesome.
I'm a big fan of action movies, martial arts movies in particular, and I absolutely enjoyed this movie!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by darcmarc
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a Five Star classic
The only reason I give this movie four stars is because of the poor sound quality. Gordon Liu is phenominal and was truly ahead of his time when he made these films in the late... Read more
Published on May 22 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.........A must own............!
Movies like this makes you appreciate the amazing talents of the martial actors of years past. People like Jackie Chan, Gordon Liu, Phil Kwok, TI Lung and many others of that time... Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by assdadaa
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring training movie
From all the great reviews for this movie, I was expecting a classic movie. This movie is very boring. I slept in three different occassions throughout the movie. Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by leo
4.0 out of 5 stars (dont) Try this at home!
I'm 37, saw back in 70's, have watched and studied since. This was back in the days of "grasshoppers" big fight scene being a punch followed with kick...hy-ya. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by Tom Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the rookies in their place.
Now I know why the training scenes in this movie are a thing of legend. For those of you who are wondering, this IS "Enter the 36th Chamber of Shaolin," and it IS a... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004
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