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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But, the end, is, well..... Awesome. You get 15 minutes of fighting.Johnny Wang is great. He is the perfect opposite to Gordon. They each bring out the best in each other. Gordon can'not shine as well without Johnny and Johnny looks his best as a villan with Gordon.
The copy by Dragon Dynasty is great. You get a clean copy, the best without blu-ray and it is glorious Mandarin with English subtitles. In 2:35 or 2:40 it is beautifully letterboxed and the sound is nice. Definitely in the top 5 Gordon movies, which means, in the top 5 best ever Shaw Brothers movies. Heroes of the East, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, Shaoin vs. Wu Tang and Return to the 36th Chamber ( IN THAT ORDER1111)
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. The fight scenes were unique, in which Gordon Lui had to perform some incredible tricks with bamboo's and twine, which left me speachless. I have to also give the picture quality an A+. Celestial/Dragon Dynasty holds the rights of the original shaw brothers titles giving the consumer a top of the line print from the original master. I feel that it is very important for the consumer to undertand the difference between bootleg and legitmate realeases. I have to say that this realease is legit. The only fault i have with this release is that it does'nt have any special features leaving it with a gap, but overall it is a great film. I highly reconmend you purchase this copy.
"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.
The real San Te, the abbot of the 36th Chamber, shows up in this movie, and it doesn't matter that an actor other than Gordon Liu is playing him. He's still a great character and he channels Mr. Miyagi in this picture. He takes pity on the con man, or maybe he sees something in him. But he allows Chou Jen-chieh to stay, tasking him with various menial challenges (washing his fake hair over a well, constructing bamboo scaffolding for the temple's upcoming renovation), with the promise of kung fu training implicit upon completion of these tasks. This is the middle act of the film, and it constitutes an exercise in fabulous slapstick as the undaunted Chou Jen-chieh, comically fumbling and bumbling, mimics shaolin moves during the monks' training sessions. When the scaffolding project is completed years later, the abbot expels a frustrated Chou Jen-chieh. Jen-chieh comes home, regarding himself as an abject failure.
But, somehow, during his time of servitude in the 36th Chamber, Chou Jen-chieh had unwittingly developed his own unique style of kung-fu, something he later calls scaffolding kung fu, and he applies his new style in exacting revenge on the evil Manchurians. The film's last half hour provides some truly electrifying fight scenes. And Gordon Liu, unveiling unexpected comic timing and a sense of gleeful abandon, has never been more charming and infectious. RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER is a really fun movie with flawless, innovative kung fu and great laughs. And, by great laughs, I'm not including that one guy with the exaggerated buck teeth a badger would die for.