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Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Kung Fu Epic ‘The 36th Chamber of Shaolin’

Trailers from Hell: Allan Arkush on Kung Fu Epic 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin'

Even More Movies You Never Heard Of! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with director Allan Arkush introducing Liu Chia-Liang’s 1978 Hong Kong kung fu epic “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin,” widely considered a highpoint in the evolution of the genre. 

Although only sparsely released theatrically in the United
States, the film’s official mainstream release came on dvd in 2000 under the title “Shaolin Master

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There was a legit release of this film on VHS under its American title, MASTER KILLER, from Embassy Home Entertainment/World Northal back in the 1980s. The SHAOLIN MASTER KILLER release (both on VHS and DVD) was a bootleg (or "gray market") release. The first official legit DVD release of the film, under its original title, THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, was from Dragon Dynasty on June 19, 2007.
The director, Liu Chia Liang (aka Lau Kar Leung), died on June 25 of this year at the age of 76. I would argue that he was the greatest director of kung fu films and that this film and his later work, 8 DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER (1983), are the two best kung fu films ever.

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