Just because you’re a Buddhist doesn’t mean you’re not a Master Killer, because
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Review in a Nutshell: This was the break-out role of kung fu legend Gordon Liu. Look for lots of gimmicky training scenes, and lots of surprisingly happy, accommodating Shaolin monks.
This movie contains:
SHAOLIN PIMP CANE.
Three Section Staff in the Hizzie.
HEADBUTT OF DEATH.
That’s all you get this week. I’m off to Anime Weekend Atlanta, where I’ll be involved in the
Otaku USA panel as well as my own production, “Nobody loves GUNHED”, a panel with Tim Eldred.
Indeed awesome but I always hate the 3-section staff. It always seems clunky in movies even when used to prove how agile someone is at using them I feel like saying, “get a pair of freaking nunchaku”
If Sean ever decides to make his Kung-Fu movie, I’d like a part in it.
“Nobody loves GUNHED” huh? Maybe if the freeken movie was easier to find more people would watch it. I only managed to get a hold of it earlier this year, snagging one of only two copies on the floor at Gen-Con.
The 3-sectioned staff is the Greatest Weapon EVER!, and any punks who think you ought to just get a pair of nunchaku (wait, I say “nunchaku” for “nunchuks” but I don’t say “sanjiegun” for “3-sectioned staff”?!) CLEARLY never saw Heroes of the East.
You practically never see that weapon used in movies anymore, and if you do it’s only by some random goon who gets taken out immediately. It’s just as you guys said: it’s such a difficult a weapon to use. In an age where most action movie stars are singers first and foremost–everyone knows REAL action movie stars are DANCERS first and foremost!–the amount of hits to the face one would sustain would ruin their moneymaking good looks. You know, like during the end fight in Fearless.
I dunno, 3-section staff showed up in “Shanghai Noon”…
I’d be more inclined to say you had a valid point in mentioning Shanghai Noon as a refutation of what I said if not for the fact that 1. that movie is from eight years ago (and even then it was rare to see it), and 2. it was being used by JACKIE FREAKING CHAN. Just because veteran guys like Jackie Chan or Jet Li are capable of using the three-sectioned staff given their childhoods spent training plus 20-30 years of doing kung-fu movies does not refute my observation that just pretending to be able to use that thing is prohibitively hard even with the assistance of modern special effects and editing. And yes, the same is true for nunchaku.
Gordon Liu’s willingness to use the three-sectioned staff as well as the chain whip more than anybody else is why he’s the main man in my book, regardless of the amount of times he’d get hit in the face during shooting or need director Liu Chia-Liang (I can never get used to saying Chia-Liang Liu, even though Liu is the last name) to stand in for him. It’s too bad he’s not the main star of that Bollywood movie coming out soon, but here’s hoping his dance moves are still on par with his disco kung fu as seen in Lady is the Boss. He had to go through a much shorter, disco kung fu-ized version of the 36 chambers in that one too.