Sunday, June 13, 2010

Return of the Master Killer

is that Monk San Te?
or as it's known these days, Return to the 36th Chamber (1980).  it's not quite a sequel to the original Master Killer (1978) but it sort of is.  it's also not nearly as good as the original one, but it's very enjoyable overall.

once more Manchurians are throwing their rather evil weight around, this time at a cloth factory.  things go from bad to worse when the workers hire conman Choa Jen Cheh (Chia Hui Liu) to impersonate the Master Killer San Te.  when challenged with real martial arts, he fails miserably. he then travels to Shaolin to learn real kung fu, but things don't go as he plans.

Chia Hui Liu shows here he's pretty adept at physical comedy, and quite a good actor.  the movie suffers in comparison to the first one, as there is a lot of comedy and training and not nearly enough fighting.  this was a common thing by this time in Hong Kong cinema (thanks to Jackie Chan).  the final fight is pretty great.

the Dragon Dynasty DVD of this is a nice presentation, and has Mandarin and English dubbed tracks.  there are no extras on this disc at all, which surprises me as their other discs have all had good stuff on them.

1 comment:

Danny Coffin said...

Funny,how Gordon played San Te in ''36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN'',then in ''RETURN TO THE 36TH CHAMBER'' he's a con man impersonating San Te,and in ''DISCIPLES OF THE 36TH CHAMBER'' he once again played the real San Te,huh?