Disciples of the 36th Chamber

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Not to be confused with Disciples of the 36 Chambers.
Disciples Of The 36th Chamber
Disciples 36th Chamber movie poster.jpg
The Hong Kong film poster
Directed by Lau Kar-leung
Produced by Mona Fong
Run Run Shaw
Written by Lau Kar-leung
Starring Hsiao Ho
Gordon Liu
Lau Kar-leung
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release dates
  • 1985 (1985) (Hong Kong)
Running time 89 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Disciples Of The 36th Chamber (霹靂十傑, Pi li shi jie, Disciples of the Master Killer or Master Killer III) is a 1985 Shaw Brothers Studio Hong Kong martial arts film comedy written, directed and choreographed Lau Kar-leung. It is the third in a loose trilogy of films that began with The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) and was followed by Return to the 36th Chamber (1980). In Disciples, the action is focused on Hsiao Ho, who portrays legendary martial artist Fong Sai-Yuk. Gordon Liu, a constant in the 36th Chamber series, reprises his role from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin as the monk San Te.


Teen-aged Fong Sai-Yuk is a gifted Martial Artist but he is a poor student at school and is a constant troublemaker, despite the fact that the school is run by his father. Powerful Manchu officials in Guangdong are achieving hegemony over the native Han Chinese population and threaten to shut the school down.

Sai-Yuk exacerbates matters when he picks a fight with the leader of the Manchus. In order to save her family's honor and keep the school open, Sai-Yuk's mother makes a bargain with the Shaolin monk San Te for her incorrigible son to be given refuge in the temple's 36th Chamber, which is a training hall for non-monks. However, Sai-Yuk is too full of pride and lacks respect for authority, so he continues his trouble-making ways. Eventually, Sai-Yuk's actions give the Manchu governor cause enough to shut down the 36th Chamber and to try to wipe out all its disciples. It is one of the last shaw brothers films produced until 2002.


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