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Saturday’s film: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Films at the Gate enters the home stretch tonight with THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN.

When people talk about old school kung fu movies—they mean this one. Also known as MASTER KILLER, from its dubbed-in-English 1980s video release. Gordon Liu (KILL BILL) plays San Te, a Shaolin monk who masters the 35 training chambers of Shaolin kung fu and persuades the monastery to open a 36th chamber in order to train lay students to fight the oppressive Qing government (thereby setting up a scenario played out in countless kung fu films). Directed by Lau Kar-leung. Starring Gordon Liu. Special thanks to Bey Logan at The Weinstein Company, for permitting the screening of the Dragon Dynasty DVD of 36th Chamber.

Due to rain, tonight’s screening was held at Wolff Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center (map). Thanks to Tufts Medical Center for use of the auditorium.