Return to the 36th Chamber (1980).
To briefly recap, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) taught me to aim high and if I am destined to know kung fu, I will semi-magically acquire it over a 7 year montage.
This movie is the sequel and frankly it messed with my mind a little bit. Let me explain why. I have a little bit of face blindness. I’m okay with remembering names and I’m okay with remembering faces but honestly, putting the two together can sometimes be a bit tricksy. Especially if you take the face out of the normal environment, for example, meeting a work colleague at a gym. Yeah, you can imagine how much fun that isn’t when trying to sort out if I’ve seen an actor’s face before. Why am I mentioning this now?
Because in this movie, the main character is being played by the actor who played the main character in the first movie, who is a different character, but at the beginning of the movie the new main character is actually pretending to be the old main character.
So what did this movie teach me about kung fu? If I spend a year putting up scaffolding, I’ll learn kung fu even quicker than in the first movie, that’s what it will teach me.
It also taught me that if someone tries to help sort out my workers rights issues with kung fu, despite not knowing kung fu, and my solution is to send them to go and learn kung fu… well, I’m going to get what I’ve set myself up for. A long wait for a resolution!