The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

This is THE Hong Kong martial arts movie every fan of the genre MUST see. After watching this you’ll be in no doubt why Tarantino picked the star, Chia Hui Liu, for two parts in his Kill Bill double.

The Shaw brothers demonstrate their mastery of the martial arts movie in this 1978 classic. Following the fortunes of a young rebel as he escapes from the tyranny of the government to a Shaolin temple where he hopes to learn superior kung fu techniques, we see his development from an inexperienced boy to an unrivalled master.

It is wonderful to see the rigours of training in each ‘chamber’. The water crossing scenes are a delight. And some of the pain these students go through to perfect their bodies and art is impressive indeed.

I cannot recommend this enough. Indeed everyone should attempt to snap up any Shaw Brothers movie from around that period. “The 36th Chamber” stands head and shoulders above the rest, and is what all Martial Arts directors should aspire to.

Thanks Shaw’s and Chia Hui Liu for a truly great experience EVERY time.