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Return To The 36th Chamber

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Kung-Fu legend Gordon Liu reprises his role as San Te in this action-packed martial arts sequel. Up against unimaginable odds, San Te is forced to let out all that he's learned from his master at Shaolin. Master martial arts filmmaker Lau Kar Leung revives the plot and characters of the original to create an all-new story which showcases his adoptive brother as a hapless loser...that is, until he is convinced to help repair the run-down Shaolin Temple. Only then does he unknowingly learn a new kind of kung-fu to liberate his townspeople from persecuting invaders.

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  • Actors: Gordon Liu, Kara Hui
  • Directors: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,815 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Wilson on March 13, 2010
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I just received this film yesterday and i have to say that this film is incredible. From the director of the 36th chamber of shaolin now returns with the sequal. The story however does not follow up from the original 36th chamber, but it has a unique twist to it that changes the whole tone from the original film. It is more of a comedic role that director Liu Chia Liang put forth into this film, but keeps it fundamental to the heart of the film and that's staying true to the martial arts direction.

The film opens up with workers receiving less compensation for there hard work, Gordon Lui; the star of the film, plays a con man trying to convince the corruptors that he will threaten them with his so called kung fu if they dont pay the workers higher wages. when the vilians came to the conclusion that it was obvious that he did'nt have any skills in martial arts, they move in on him and contineud with giving workers less pay. The workers try to pressure Gordon Lui's character to learn kung fu at the shaolin temple. But the problem was he had to manage to get in, and it was'nt easy and it was quite funny. When he finally made it in, San Te the orignial shaolin priest gave him a chance to learn kung fu, but it came with a price. He must build a scaffold for the temple. After three years, he finally build the scaffold, but San Te told him to leave, leaving Gordon Lui's character in confusion. He later learn that scaffolding was his new kung fu, and he was set to save the workers and help them to receive more compensation.

I can tell in conclusion that the director wanted to go into a different tone with this sequal, and i belived that it mixed pretty well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eternal Rainbow on July 28, 2011
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I am a big fan of Shaw Brother movies, and I saw the first and third versions of the 36th Chambers movies. The first one stars Gordon Liu as San Te, who runs away and joins the Shaolin Temple. He is at first rejected but overcomes the obstacles before him through hard work, patience, determination, and diligence, winning admirers within the temple until he earns his own chamber... The 36th Chamber.

The third movie in the 36 Chamber series stars Gordon Liu in a supporting role next to Hsiao Hou who plays Fong Sai Yuk. In both of these actors' extremely capable hands, Disciples of the 36th Chambers doesn't disappoint. The martial arts is great. Disciples of the 36th Chamber is also the last movie Lau Kar Leung directed through Shaw Brothers.

Comparatively, Return to the 36th Chamber is a TERRIBLE movie. In fact, it is probably the worst movie Lau Kar Leung ever made. For one, the movie doesnt' have a lot of fighting. Mostly actors like Gordon Liu (pretending to be monk San Te) getting beat up along side Hsiao Hou (dressed in disguise as a defenseless factory worker with bad teeth and skin). The worst part is that Hsiao Hou didn't get to display any of his acrobatic skills or kung fu in the movie and Gordon Liu didn't do any "real" fighting until the last five or ten minutes of the movie. Kara Hui was in it and she also did nothing. It was a big fat waste of time and I was so disappointed, I only needed to watch it once, unlike the other movies where I watch them over and over again.

Gordon Liu plays a loser con man who can't get his lies straight, even after he is accepted into the Temple as a pupil of San Te (PLAYED BY ANOTHER ACTOR!!! luckily for him, the actor did a good job but still, he was NOT Gordon Liu in his most famous role).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bovell on August 22, 2012
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As a martial artist with 30-years of experience and a true martial arts movies fanatic I will say that Return to the 36th Chamber is one of my all time favorite movies with the superb Gordon Liu(Lar Kar Fai)and a group of talented martial artists. It is extremely entertaining and wonderfully done. If you are into the genre and haven't seen this one make it a mission to get it. Gordon Liu is first class and possesses true screen chrisma. Take a look for yourself.
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RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER isn't quite in the legendary classic status that THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN falls into, but it's close and I find myself liking it just as much as the original film. Lau Kar-Leung (a.k.a. Chia-Liang Liu) directs again; Gordon Liu stars again. Except, in an inspired twist, Gordon Liu plays a fast-talking con artist who masquerades as the mighty Shaolin monk San Te, the character Liu played in THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN. The fights are absolutely fantastic, the Shaolin training is just as rigorous, and yet this 1980 sequel comes with a more lighthearted flavor. The balance works.

"Where is your unbeatable skill, monk?" is the taunt that would haunt Chou Jen-chieh. When dastardly Manchurians bully the poor laborers of the local fabric dye mill and lower their pay, Chou Jen-chieh (Liu) passes himself off as the monk San Te to intimidate the Manchurians into backing off. What follows is some laugh-out-loud moments as "San Te," thanks to some timely assists from the factory workers, demonstrates his peerless kung fu prowess to the Manchurians. Except that the deception is penetrated, and the factory workers and Chou Jen-chieh, who in reality is quite inept with martial arts, are soundly, painfully trounced into submission. The Manchurian goons sneer at Chu Jen-chieh: "Where is your unbeatable skill, monk?"

What does a humiliated Chou Jen-chieh do? He hies himself to the Shaolin temple to learn real kung fu. Except it's not that easy. First, one must prove worthy to be a Shaolin monk. And, in this instance, a con man's glibness is not an asset. It's great fun watching Chou Jen-chieh try to sneak and trick and bluff his way into the monks' good graces. He's not fooling anyone.
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