Master Killer (HK 1978)

Rating: ***
Alternate Title: 36th Chamber Of Shaolin
Director: Liu Chia Liang (Lau Kar Leung)
Cast: Lau Kar Fai (Gordon Liu), cameo by Tsui Siu Keung (Norman Chu)

Fascinating! Lau Kar Fai (a.k.a. Liu Chia Hui and Gordon Liu) plays a student whose family is killed by those nasty Manchus. He then goes to Shaolin Temple to learn kung fu in order to avenge them. He is fantastic - a great fighter with fierce intensity and strong presence. This film also defined his patented bald monk look. The fighting and production values seem a little dated, but the film still looks great and holds up quite well.