Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)

Pi li shi jie (1985) 90min | Action, Comedy | 17 May 1985 (Hong Kong) Summary: Gordon Liu Chia-hui reprises his famous Monk San Te role as he tries to support and protect Shaolin her Fang Shih-yu who purposely attacks corrupt Ching officials. Fights by legendary action director Liu Chia-liang are to die for.
Countries: Hong KongLanguages: Cantonese, Mandarin

Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985).

Deep breath. Face blindness hiccup from the second in the series solved: Chia-Hui Lui is definitely Monk San Te again in this one. And we shall not talk about that second Chamber movie in which an unruly young man tried to enter the Shaolin Temple to learn Kung Fu as a secular student and was only allowed to learn by labouring on the roof. Because they sure as heck don’t allude to it at all in this latest gripping instalment.

So. Let’s talk about a young man called Fang Shih Yu. Because this movie does. A lot. His mum has spoiled him and he’s excellent at kung fu but acts like a young boy. For some reason he has to be tied to his two younger brothers, which I can assure you probably isn’t nearly as hilarious as it might seem.

So he gets in enough trouble that his mum has to ship them all off to Shaolin Temple, where they are allowed to study under Monk San Te in the 36th Chamber of Shaolin. I say ‘study’ but he really just takes the piss, escapes the temple on a regular basis, breaks the rules of the Temple by showing off his special Shaolin Kung Fu to the (evil) Manchus, gets all his classmates to bunk off to go to an (evil Manchu) wedding, drinks the poisoned wine, nearly gets everyone killed and has to be rescued by Monk San Te.

Did I miss anything? I mean, you’ll have to watch it to tell me…

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