Disciples of the 36th Chamber
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if you like the legendary hero Fong sai yuk check out other movies that are about him
Young Hero of Shaolin 1&2
Secret of shaolin poles
Prodigal Boxer 1&2
SHaolin Temple (Chang Cheh)
Fong Sai Yuk with Jet Li 1&2
Fang Shiyu/Fong Sai Yuk (Hsiao Hou) is the rebellious son of a martial arts woman. So rebellious that he is kept bound at all times (even in school) for fear that he may get into trouble. Fang Shiyu is not a bright young man, in fact, he is so headstrong and uncontrollable he must attend class with younger students who look to be in first or second grade while his own peers sit in the next class. Fang Shiyu's behavior and overall thick-headedness leads to problems when he misinterprets the intentions of a monk (Gordon Liu), and pursues him at a Manchu gym for a fight.
In doing so, he brazenly offends a Manchu official and is told he will be beheaded and the local Cantonese gym will be torn down. However, thanks to swift thinking by his doting mother, he is instead, sent to the Shaolin 36th chambers where he ends up with the same monk.
There, Fong Shiyu gets into more trouble, and is constantly reminded by the wisdom and skill of his superior that he still has a lot to learn despite his excellent kung fu. Fang Shiyu means well and has a strong sense of justice. But he's thick, and doesn't listen so of course, Monk San Te (Liu) must do what he can to keep the school out of trouble. This doesn't stop Shiyu from befriending the same Manchu principals who not only wants him dead, but has secretly hatched a deadly plot against the Shaolin Temple,in particular, the 36th Chamber.
Excellent performance by Gordon Liu, he looks like a monk, and there is something regal about him. He is very believable in this role and I like him much better here than in the original 36th Chambers.Read more ›
After a fun and explanatory fight-based prologue, Hsiao Hou ("My Young Auntie") plays mischievous and proficient kung fu expert Fong Sai Yuk. After getting into some serious trouble with the Manchus, his mother (Lily Li Li, "Shaolin Mantis") and step-father send him and his brothers to the Shaolin Temple to avoid execution and learn discipline from San Te (Liu). The problem is that the grueling training that Shaolin offers is no match for the robusticity of Sai Yuk. He is almost San Te's equal and has plenty of energy after the day's exercises to sneak out and venture into town for more trouble.
If one can pretend that this was made in the late-'70s, it's liabilities decrease significantly and one can just enjoy it as an old-school fu-flick. It's got some groovy things to offer. Fans of Gordon Liu may be disappointed that he's not the main character but he's still got plenty of screen time and physically, Hsiao Hou delivers as much grace, agility and effortlessness (see also "Mad Monkey Kung Fu") as anyone, including Yuen Biao. His character is a little annoying and impetuous, but that's what happens when you're that young and that good.Read more ›
If you're considering purchasing this dvd know that the best fighting scene is at the end. If you are used to excessive fighting scenes, loads of treachery, bloodshed, gore, and guts flying everywhere, this dvd is not the one for you - that would be "House of Traps".
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Widescreen format for widescreen TV, dual audio and subs. Not as good a movie as the other 36th Chamber movies, but worth the viewing.Published 22 days ago by Clinton
Typical martial art premise. What sets this apart is the humor, wire stunts and fight choreography. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Srm
This a good movie Chia Hui Liu is a great actor in all of his movies.Published 15 months ago by Cornelius