The Shaw Brothers studio was founded in 1930 and they had their share of classics, but their defining film came in 1978. THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN is a flawless exercise in ass-kicking perfection. This film may not have created the classic training model that a lot of kung-fu films pull from, but it’s the best.
Lau Kar-Leung’s direction is precise and Gordon Liu used both his skill as an actor and speed as a fighter to create some of the most astonishing scenes I have ever seen. To give you an idea of what kind of year 1978 was for The Shaw Brothers Studio, the Venom Mob would become legends the same year with the release of FIVE DEADLY VENOMS. Dig it, Bastards!
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