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Shaolin Master Killer [Import]

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5 of 5 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 Simply put: A good film..... Dec 7 2003
Ever wondered how you can become a master @ The Shaolin Temple?
This film shows wonderful training sequences. They were so interesting, I found myself eagerly awaiting to see the next chamber, and what San Te would learn next. You really root for him through the movie. One of the coolest things about Hong Kong cinema is that they show how the hero has learned from the training. While fighting, San Te will use what he has learned to win. Something that American cinema has yet to pick up on(At least with hand to hand combat).
The action: Due to the fact that it was done by Lau Kar Liang(Lau something), means artistic bliss. The Lau brothers then went on to do Shaolin Drunken Monk, Warrior From Shaolin, and Fists And Guts. These films are a continuation of the character San Te. Although, sadly, they are not up to par with the energy of the film "Master Killer" as a whole, the action of these other three San Te movies is just a little more enjoyable, and there's more of it.
Like other reviews have stated, this is a movie for non-kung fu fans as well. For me, this is a favorite, and if dust shall gather on top of the case of this DVD, it won't be there for long.... Peace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best 'Shaolin' movie of them all April 17 2003
Format:VHS Tape
In the UK this goes under the title '36 Chambers of Shaolin' which is a pretty good description of the film. A young man flees his local village after the Manchu take over, and stows away into the Shaolin Temple. The monks take pity on him and he slowly begins a rigorous training programme at the different chambers of the temple- each one designed to strengthen individual parts of the body.
The film excels in showing us his dedicated training as he progresses through these chambers, learning to fight like a Shaolin monk.
He asks for a new chamber to be created - a '36th Chamber' whereby he can train outsiders in the skills of Shaolin kung fu but is banned from the Temple for the idea. He inevitably goes back to his own village to seek vengeance on those that killed his family.
The film is both absorbing and exciting and also endlessly watchable. It's a great shame that it's not available on DVD either in the US or UK, but it's a definite must-have for any kung fu fan, seasoned or otherwise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY DATED BUT WELL WORTH THE MONEY Jan. 14 2002
The Master Killer is (sort of) a martial arts version of Tom Browns "School Days." Essentially a revenge story, the bulk of the film takes place in Shaolin Temple where the protagonist trains himself in Kung Fu in order to take revenge against those evil Manchus who butchered dear old dad. Unfortunately, the training sequences are so emphasized that they eclipse the fight scenes that theoretcially should be the climax. Still, the movie is definately a mouldy oldy and should be viewed if you're serious about kick flicks. I wouldn't advise it for those who have just "discovered" Hong Kong Cinema after seeng Crouching Tiger, because it's obviously not meant for the self-styled high brows that make up the art house crowd, but for for martial arts fans, it's worth your time. On a more personal note.....although I've heard all the arguments about why Shaolin monks train in martial arts, I never really understood how Buddhism can be reconciled with killing people. Well, it's a martial arts film, not a debate on practical theology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time gong fu classics. July 4 2001
A word about my rating: the film easily merits four stars (and not five only because it stumbles a bit at the end), but the video is disappointing and the sound occasionally exasperating. The DVD quality deserves three stars -- at best. Since these faults are present in the 25-year-old source, however, and are not the fault of Crash Cinema, I decided they should not detract from the final rating.
This is probably the best Shaw Bros. film, and even now is ranked in the Top Five for many gong fu aficionados. The cliches are all there, but this is the one that created them: revenge motivation, extensive training scenes, the student's epiphany leading to martial arts mastery, and final reckoning. Master Killer ranges from entertaining to riveting, and it should appeal to any open-minded filmgoer (willing to put up with washed-out colors and occasional crackle in the sound).
I've enjoyed other Shaw Bros. movies from the '70s, fare like Chinese Super Ninjas and Kid With the Golden Arm. I've enjoyed those despite their faults, however, and to an extent because of them. Master Killer, on the other hand, features a well-developed story (based on historical figures), credible acting, fast-paced but believable action, and a general level of sophistication that surprised me on my first viewing. I highly recommend it -- not only to gong fu movie devotees, but to any movie fan looking for an enjoyable action film from a time when such movies still featured characters and story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge thriller
This film is widely considered one of the best kung fu films.
Published 3 days ago by Mike Moses
5.0 out of 5 stars Martial arts classic
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.
Published 9 months ago by Giuseppe
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu for beginners
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.
Published 9 months ago by gr8blackwolf
5.0 out of 5 stars 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Product is good for the money.
It has good quality image. The story it is interesting.
I will recommend it to a friend.
Published 10 months ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Buju
2.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu boy
This simplistic story filled with incompetent kung fu left me bored and frustrated. I heard the film was good, but found it a drag.
Published 21 months ago by Susan L. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
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.
Published 21 months ago by Todd A Haynes
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 21 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 21 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
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