Colección Shaw Brothers: Las 36 Cámaras de Shaolin (1978)
Título Original: Shao Lin san shih liu fang, 1978, Hong Kong
Dirección: Chia-Liang Liu
Intérpretes: John Cheung, Chia Hui Liu, Hou Hsiao, Norman Chu, Billy Chan, Hoi San Lee, Casanova Wong, Lieh Lo, Lung Chan, Chia Yung Liu
Duración: 1 hora 50 minutos
Los patriotas anti-Ching, bajo las órdenes de Ho Kuang-han, se refugian en Cantón haciéndose pasar por maestros de escuela. Liu Yu-te, uno de los pupilos de Ho trabaja como mensajero y espía para los anti-ching. Pero el General Manchurio Tien Ta descubre a los anti-Ching y ordena matar a Ho y al padre de Liu. Liu escapa al templo de Shaolin con la esperanza de aprender artes marciales y vengar la muerte de su padre.
Liu es aceptado como alumno y es llamado San Te. Su progreso en las artes marciales es espectacular y por fin, con el consentimiento de los monjes, deja el templo para vengar a su padre y reclutar nuevos alumnos para Shaolin.
Shaolin Master Killer (Widescreen Edition) (1979)
For some eight years, Liu Chia Liang worked as martial arts choreographer at shaw bros., especially with legendary director Chang Cheh, from whom Liu clearly learned mise-en-scene, as the french call it - a director's skill in using camera, editing and theme to move from one dramatic episode to another. in turn, Liu tried to show Chang Che the possibilities inherent in traditional kung fu, but to little avail - Chang Che really always thought himself a maker of action-adventure films, not primarily a martial arts director. so Liu began making his own films at shaw bros., and demonstrated what he learned from Chang Che, while developing his own themes concerning the the traditional arts we've come to call kung fu.
one decided difference between Liu and Chang - indeed, between Liu and most of the other shaw bros. directors of the period - is that Liu believed that if the fundamental message of kung-fu - which is really about good health and spiritual growth - is to be carried over to the audience, the arts involved would need to be presented in as realistic a fashion as possible - no wire works, no unnecessary leaping over walls, no mythical 'iron fist' technique of jamming one's hand through someone's chest. and once that decision was made, clearly it would also be necessary to develop plots and characters as equally realistic, or the effort would be for nothing.
Liu's movies are thus 'about' kung fu in the purest sense; they are not about fighting, but about discipline. they are not about revenge, they are about using one's training to get beyond revenge.
although the heavy tone of this film obscures it a little, the fact remains that the characters in this film are all very believably human in a way that Chang Che's characters never were. and they don't learn their skills all that quickly - the time frame of the shaolin episode is at least three years - but by doing the same excersizes over and over again until they are perfectly comfortable with them. at which point, of course, they can perform with almost no show of effort.
by the way, there are documentary films of real performances of real shaolin monks demonstrating real martial arts - Liu is pretty close to the real thing, here.
Liu, by the way, appears to be the son of someone who trained with lam sai wing - aka 'butcher' wing, but in no way the country bumpkin he's sometimes made out to be, as in yuen woo ping's 'magnificent butcher'. lam sai wing studied with the legendary Wong Fei Hong, who was taught not only by his classically trained father, but by a well-known former shaolin monk - in short, the Liu credentials are rock solid.
Gordon Liu, star of the film, is Chia Leung's adoptive brother. he is probably the finest performer of traditional kung fu ever filmed, bar none, and utterly fascinating to watch. he also does a solid piece of acting in this film, as well.
shaw bros. quality, Liu bros. skill - don't ask, just see it.
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