In 1978 director Lau Kar-Leung delivered the classic martial arts film THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN to the world. Without a doubt one of the best, most beloved, and often called “The greatest kung fu movie ever made.” It tells the inspirational tale of a young Han student’s determination to make a difference in a land ruled by an oppressive and murderous government. After seeing the cruelty of the Manchu and the destruction of everything he loves, he vows to learn kung fu at the Shaolin Temple so he can fight for the rights of the people. His lofty goal is to create a new chamber… the “36th Chamber” where non-monks can be taught the powerful martial arts of Shaolin in order to stand up against evil. The film contains some of the most memorable training scenes ever committed to film, exciting battles, and an incredible performance (both dramatically and physically) by fan-favorite Gordon Liu (Lau Kar-Fai, aka. Liu Chia-Hui) as Monk San-Te.
This design is my decades-long, dream idea of what “my film poster” for the movie would be. At the bottom we see Manchu General Tien Ta (Lo Lieh), his troops, their treacherous murder and display of rebel hero General Yin’s (Lau Kar-Wing) body, and the horrified reaction of student Liu Yu-De (Gordon Liu). The background depicts Liu’s training and transformation at the Shaolin Temple, framed by a border comprised of 35 chambers. The main central image shows the youth has become the famous, heroic Monk San-Te, prepared for rigorous Shaolin kung fu training with the steel rings. He’s in a stance that simultaneously imparts both his wish for peace, and at the same time his ability to be a “Master Killer” if necessary. San-Te himself, is the “36th Chamber”, and this powerful image looms over his decisive battle with General Tien Ta, where he utilizes the 3-section staff that he’s invented. – Kung Fu Bob
The original art was accomplished with watercolors and markers, and completed in March, 2016.
This artwork has been professionally reproduced on acid and lignin-free, glossy 12 pt. light card-stock paper for all 11×17″ prints, and on high-quality, semi-gloss poster paper for all 18×24″ and 24×36″ poster prints.
The basic design can also be purchased separately on a T-shirt at 36 STYLES.