Unbeknownst to our protagonist, he's actually learned something in his years away from home, and when he finally realizes what he can do, Ah Chieh decides to take on the Manchu overlords. Anyway so Gordon Liu is back, but this time around he is playing a new character. Long before the album ends, it's clear that has emptied his bag of tricks -- loose, off-the-beat raps that sometimes don't even rhyme, unbelievably graphic vulgarity, gonzo off-key warbling which sounds a little like as a mental patient , and general goofing off. Gordon Liu plays with poles in Return to the 36th Chamber. I was a confused at first, as Liu Chia-hui plays a different character in this sequel to the famous 36th Chamber of Shaolin, and his former character the monk San Te is played by a different actor. If you like Kung Fu you would love this!!! Once he finishes the job over a year later he asks to join now that hes done the work and the monk still refuses. Add Johnny Wang in the mix and you've got an awesome final showdown! In that stellar film, Gordon Liu starred as bookish student San Te, who after years of arduous training emerged from the Shaolin Temple as a certifiable master of the martial arts.
Everything is done a bit differently here so nothing is repetitive. He goes back to the village and explains to his worker friends that he has learned nothing. The film centres around the local dye mill, where wages are cut due to the hiring of 10 new Manchurian bosses. But his luck runs out, he is exposed as a fraud, and he promises the mill workers that he will go to the Shaolin monastery to learn kung fu, and return to protect them. The events and the training are similar only Chao seems to bumble his way around and try to deceive the monks. They are angry at him for having learned nothing the entire time he was away and attack him, only to find that Chao has in fact picked up quite a bit simply from having observed the Shaolin students and having incorporated what he has seen into his scaffolding work. He sets out for Shaolin, determined to be accepted as a kung-fu pupil at the elite temple.
So he heads off to Shaolin, but faces a lot of obstacles set in front of him by the monks in charge. However, even during this era of simplicity, films such as The Return To The 36th Chamber does a lot of things right that modern action flicks don't. Exploitive maybe, but most old films are in one way or another, probably because most effort is put into fight scenes or some other aspect of a film. This film is absolutely awesome. I didn't enjoy the beginning much, but that was my mood and pickiness.
Sure, a sequel could involve San Te serving as a mentor for a new lead character, but part of the fun of the original film was watching Gordon Liu struggle to master each of the grueling chambers. Lots of great stunts and choreography. His time as a scaffolder means that his fighting style is one which largely consists of tying his opponents up. Return to the 36th Chamber 1980 99 min The workers of a dye factory have their pay cut by 20% when the factory owner brings in some Manchu thugs to try and increase production. In the final confrontation with the Manchus, there is a dazzling array of creative uses for bamboo poles and ties. At first they had a minor success in getting Liu to impersonate a highly skilled Shaolin monk one of the best comedy sequences , but their rouse got exposed when they pushed the limit of credibility by impersonating one too many times. But, if you can ignore the stupid dubbing, this is a wonderful film.
Return 36 Chambers is overall a complete album Dirty has some lyrics with his hard to deny delivery. When I think Shaw Brothers kung fu, I think of Chang Cheh, which may be very narrow of me I am still learning. There, too, he is quickly discovered so much for being a good con man and is promptly charged with building a scaffold. I saw it with my brother when we were kids, and we found it hilarious. Dirty's vocal delivery is also incredibly creative not to mention unique. The factory owner proves the actor a fraud, and punishes all those involved.
He's a con man and he pretends to be a kung fu master come to set things right. Calvin McMillin 2003 Notes: Hsiao Ho, who plays the bucktoothed character Ah Chao, would go on to star as Fong Sai-Yuk in the third film in the series, Disciples of the 36th Chamber. His sing-rap style and bizarre lyrical content are so original and catchy it's hard not to love this record. The movie has a small town's biggest economical leader a dye shop taken over by ruthless bosses in order to get a better assembly. Convinced by his dye mill pals to help out, Ah Chieh dons the guise of the stern monk San Te in order to fool the Manchus into giving the poor workers back their wages.
The story began in a not unfamiliar fashion, where a group of laborers are exploited by their employer who hires some Manchus to essentially frighten them into working harder for less money. As with all of the films in the series, the events of Return to the 36th Chamber are set during a time when the Manchurians controlled China. You may find the speed of fights a tad too slow, with some pause in between moves, but with Yuen Wo Ping and his style being used ad-nausem in Hollywood flicks, they sure don't make fight scenes like they used to! The more overt comic tone is a welcome change of pace in comparison to the rather straight-laced tenor of the original. As he works, Chao Jen-Cheh looks down into the temple grounds and learns kungfu, adapting it to moving on the scaffolding. He sets out for Shaolin, determined to be accepted as a kung-fu pupil at the elite temple.
The scaffolding scenes are brilliant and you can really empathise with this guy because he is treated as an outcast. But, even though might not be the most earth-shattering piece of puzzle, it's an infectious party record which proves that, despite his limitations, has the charisma to carry an album on his own. When his attempt fails miserably, he cons his way into a Shaolin temple to learn to fight for real. They try to fight back and to go on strike but are badly beaten by the Manchus. This movie has a lot of comedy, not dark and Gordon Liu shines in this one. A Parody of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin? With cheesy sound effects, each obvious non-contact on film is given the maximum impact treatment. Return to the 46th Chamber is another Shaw Brothers film with Gordon Liu in the forefront, but it is in no way a sequel to the! The real genius is in the fight sequences.