Kung Foolery

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Return To The 36th Chamber, the first sequel to the amazing 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, once again stars Gordon Liu. Only this time around he’s not the heroic Sen Te but a grifter impersonating him, enlisted by textile workers to get some Manchu thugs off their backs. He can only bluff for so long and after having his ass handed to him, he goes to the Shaolin Temple to learn Kung Fu for real. Return is as visually exhilarating and innovative as the original but this one is a full-on comedy and Gordon Liu’s mastery of the Martial Arts gives him the grace it takes to pull off the intricate slapstick gags that drive this picture. It’s great fun to watch him play a nebbish who becomes a hero in spite of himself…

 

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