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Shaolin Master Killer [Import]
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Gordon Liu stars as San Te, a young man who joins the Shaolin Temple when the Manchus kill his family. There he learns to become a master of Shaolin Kung Fu. Filled with some of the most exciting training sequences ever committed to film and under the direction of Lau Kar Leung, director of Jackie Chan's Drunken Master 2, Shaolin Master Killer brings martial arms film making to a new level. Discover for yourself why Shaolin Master Killer is considered one of the best martial arts films ever!
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Get the double pack of 36th CHAMBER & DISCIPLES OF THE 36th CHAMBER from Dragon Dynasty instead.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
It's an ok dvd, the other reviews were so positive, I was expecting more.Published 8 months ago by Derek Dang
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 on Jan. 22 2014 by Giuseppe
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 on Jan. 17 2014 by gr8blackwolf
Product is good for the money.
It has good quality image. The story it is interesting.
I will recommend it to a friend.
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 morePublished on May 23 2013 by Buju
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 on Jan. 15 2013 by Susan L. King
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