The Tribute to Shaw Brothers month at The New Beverly continues with two of Lau Kar-leung’s best movies.
THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978)
starring Gordon Liu / directed by Lau Kar-leung
Considered by many as one of the best kung fu movies ever, Lau Kar-leung’s THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN defined what a kung fu movie should be. The epic training montages within the legendary Shaolin Temple helped popularize this genre and established Gordon Liu as the new heir apparent of kung fu stardom. I consider it also one of the integral introductory movies in my Kung Fu Starter Kit list.
8 DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER (1983)
starring Gordon Liu, Alexander Fu Sheng, Kara Hui / directed by Lau Kar Leung
Based after the classic tale of Generals of the Yang Family from the Song dynasty, Yang’s 5th son (Gordon Liu) escapes an ambush attack on him and his brothers and goes into hiding in a local monastery. It is here that he develops the technique of the 8 diagram pole. It’s a Lau Kar-leung movie that showcases his amazing brand of kung fu choreography, featuring a ton of great weapon fights. No wolves shall be safe!
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