The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 7:30 pm
1978, 115 min, color
Written by Ni Kuang; directed by Lau Kar-leung; with Gordon Liu and Lo Lieh

Includes a conversation with writer-director and Wu Tang Clan founding member RZA, discussing how the film influenced the production of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and his career. 

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, one of the best-known kung fu films, opens the first in a series of Hong Kong movies running one night in September, October, and November. This 1978 classic stars Hong Kong veteran Gordon Liu (best known to American audiences as the Bride’s hard-hearted mentor in Kill Bill, Vol. 2, and featured in over 100 other films) and was directed by veteran filmmaker and action choreographer the late Lau Kar-leung. The 36th Chamber is a fanciful dramatization of real-life 18th-century martial arts figure San Te (who has been the subject of several movies). Liu stars as Liu Yude, a student whose savage beating at the hands of the government (after siding with rebels during a rebellion) leads him to a Shaolin temple. Initially rejected by the monks, he finds his way, and his hunger for instruction makes him a model acolyte. Liu endures the brutal and rigorous 35 chambers and the arms of the rebellion. In battle, his inventive methods become a rallying force for the movement. The success of The 36th Chamber made Liu an international sensation, and the film was followed by a number of sequels. After the screening, RZA of the Wu Tang Clan appears for a Q&A. In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA.

A reception follows the screening. 

LACMA, Bing Theater

$5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members. Members of these three groups can purchase tickets starting at noon on Thursday, August 21. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period. Purchase online.

$7 LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+); $10 general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at noon on Thursday, August 28. Limit two tickets. Purchase online.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for this event can be picked up at LACMA’s Ticket Office, located in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event—as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating. Ticketed guests must be in their seat 15 minutes prior to the advertised start time or seat(s) may be released. Reservations do not guarantee entry, even with a ticket in hand. Entry is first come, first served, so please arrive early. Program and guest participation subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. Tickets are nontransferable and can only be picked up by the individual who purchased or reserved them.

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