Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)
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I watched it on good old VHS and had a good time with it.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (originally released as Master Killer in the West, ridiculous since the lead character refuses to kill). A brilliant martial arts film that takes its time setting up both the world and training of Shaolin, and pays off tremendously in the end. Gordon Liu keeps impressing me - LOVE the three-section staff - as does director Lau Kar-Leung and his policy of not cutting away until you've seen 8 to 16 moves in camera. Crazy.
Very heavy on training compared even to other training-heavy movies. And over before it truly gets going with the awesome action.
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This movie ranks #21 in 100 Classic Martial Arts Films
This movie ranks #43 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
This movie ranks #50 in The Deuce Top 20
This movie ranks #357 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #614 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #638 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die