1001 Movies Club - Shaolin Master Killer (1978)

#639. Shaolin Master Killer (1978)

#639. Shaolin Master Killer (1978)

Why It's In The Book: "Chia-Liang Liu is nothing less than the best fight choreographer ever to work in the hong Kong film industry. After cutting his teeth as the martial arts director for many of Chang Cheh's best films, he made the move to the director's chair, bringing his unparalleled kinetic sense with him. Nowhere are Lui's visual gifts more apparent than in Shaolin Master Killer... The intensity [Gordon Liu] brings to his performance serves to make Shaolin Master Killer stand out... And this isn't even to mention the fight scenes. Suffice it to say, they can't possibly leave you disappointed. " -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Doug Tilley - 10/10
"Perhaps the greatest Kung Fu film ever made, and certainly one of the most influential, The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin remains as vital and entertaining as when it was filmed."

Adolytsi - 8/10
"I can see why many proclaim this to be the best kung fu film of all time. I don’t know if I would agree, though."

Squish - 8/10
"...every [chamber] is a thrill to experience. These scenes are devised so well that The 36th Chamber of Shaolin would even be exhilarating if there was a chopstick vault, or even a quadricep femoris pavilion. It's just that fun to watch."

Klaus Ming - 7/10
"One of the finest Kung Fu movies ever made by the Shaw Brothers."

Movie Guy Steve - 7/10
"...in the translation to English, the main character's name in the version I found is San Ta. I kept wondering if, like the Wrist Chamber, the Eye Chamber, and the Leg Chamber, there would be a Toy Chamber."

Overall Rating: 8/10

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