36thchamberThe whole idea of starting Ass Whoopin Wednesdays was to view and review the types of films that I have checked out in the past and the very title that I have for you guys today. No the title above is not the Wu-Tang Clan album, but the very film that inspired it in Shao Lin san shi liu fang otherwise known to the rest of the world as The 36TH Chamber Of Shaolin. Things are not going very well in China especially in the area known as Guangdongas the Manchu clan has taken over and they are ruthless as they kill anyone they think will rebel against them. With no other choice, a man known as Liu Yude (Chia-Hui Liu) is forced to flee to the mountains where he is trained in the art of Kung Fu by the Shaoiln Monks. Now known as San Te, he enters the 35 chambers of training and is quickly one of the fastest rising pupils they have ever had and when asked what chamber he would like to rule, he asks to be able to teach commoners in the country the art of Kung Fu. He is then “banished” where he returns to his old village to try and save the day! The film also stars John Cheung (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story) as Lord Cheng, Lieh Lo (Five Fingers Of Death) as General Tien Ta, Chia Yung Liu (The Legend Of The Drunken Master) as General Yin, Wilson Tong (Dirty Kung Fu) as Tang San-yao, Yue Wong (Dirty Ho) as Miller Six, and the film was directed by Chia-Liang Liu (Dirty Ho). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

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7dd8e37d02d85da5f992Alright let’s go over the stats for San Te, most of the film is spent watching him train through adversity in every chamber to come out as the best student. When it finally gets to the village that is where he begins to kick ass and take names which he does as he defeats 20+ suckers in one fight scene. He doesn’t really have an origin story because we see what happens to him as the film progresses and he does not have a love interest at all. His father and friends are all killed and brutalized by the Manchu clan. The big boss is eventually defeated by San Te or at least the big boss of that area and he is off teaching the people Kung Fu. What is there not to love about this film and I can see why the members of the Wu-Tang Clan were obsessed with it because it truly is one of the best Kung Fu movies out there. The film would be made and released four years after Bruce Lee, but it packs quite the punch and I loved the process of the 35 chambers. I thought that was one of the strong points for the film in where we see someone so desperate to learn fail and then succeed to only let down those who thought would fail. So, it’s kind of inspirational in that sense where it’s telling you to never give up and be better than what you were that day. The action sequences and fight scenes were fantastic while a little over the top at the time especially with the blood splatter, but that is what we love about these films. The acting was great, the makeup department did a great job especially with the bruising and etc. That is why I am going to give this film an A- for a final grade and if you are curious then check it out on Netflix now!

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