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36 Deadly Styles

1982 1h 32m Action Drama List
Reviews 43% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
A man begins studying "The Secret Book of 36 Deadly Styles" to avenge the death of his father. Read More Read Less

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Nathaniel Muir AIPT This is what people think of when they hear "old school kung fu movie". The plot does not always makes sense and the characters are thing, but it is a lot of fun. Dec 8, 2021 Full Review Mark Pollard Kung Fu Cinema Low-budget winner is packed with quality kung fu action, wacky hair, memorable lines, comedy, and talented genre stars. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 21, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member i love late 70s early 80s kung fu movies- if you're into that stuff this is a great one to watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best Kung-Fu Movies ever made with hillarious Fighting Scenes, Impressionistic and Surrealistic Style, excellent Choreagraphy, Directions and Camera Work, beautiful Pictures of the Nature and lot of Humour Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Brilliantly choreographed fight sequences and some truly awful dubbing wrapped around a good old fashioned morality tale. It's exactly how traditional kung-fu movies should be. Awesome. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member another sweet movie. Toad Style baby! old school kung fu again at its best. more gritty than Chessboxing but just as good. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/41/226941.jpg[/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]A local kid at the Buddhist temple has no further ambitions then to pick on his Buddhist brethren, learn kung fu, and live free and broke. He finds himself stuck in the middle when a battle over the book of 36 styles takes place. He must train and take life seriously or someone is going to get hurt. Our free bird gets exposed when a local villain reveals he possesses knowledge of the book. What ensues is training and chaos in a kung fu sense.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“Don’t die yet, we’re not finished.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]Joseph Kuo, director of The Mystery of Chess Boxing, 7 Grandmasters, Born Invincible, and The 18 Bronzemen, directs 36 Deadly Styles. Kuo utilizes fantastic choreography to create an entertaining film for this genre. However, the below average story detracts from the entertainment value. 36 Deadly Styles possesses wonderful characters including Jack Long, Ghost Face Killer, and Silver Fox. The fact these three characters are in the film paired with the excellent choreography makes it worth watching. Too bad the story leaves little to be desired, even for this genre of film.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“You will never reach a state of grace if you offend again.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]The opening fight sequence in the road was a great introduction. The skinning of the snake and the filling of the oil lamps were a nice look into their culture. I also enjoyed the first fight at the Buddhist temple, fight for soy milk, and every fight with the girl or Ghost Face Killer. The scenes with one villain dressed up as a girl, and another villain, Bolo, with red braids were both funny. The training with coins was also interesting.[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“You don’t have to hit me.”[/size][/font] [size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman]The villains in this film are wonderful. One villain, the first one introduced, has wonderful music played when he appears. The first few times he has a circus type theme song, then later it changes to the pink panther theme song. Ghost Face Killer is always wonderful. 7 Grandmasters is a far superior film; however, if you loved the characters in that film give this one a view. This is an above average kung fu film, but just barely. [/font][/size] [size=3][font=Times New Roman][/font][/size][size=3][font=Times New Roman] [/font][/size] [font=Times New Roman][size=3]“Thank god I’m smart.”[/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][/size][/font] [font='Times New Roman']Grade: C+ [/font] Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A man begins studying "The Secret Book of 36 Deadly Styles" to avenge the death of his father.
Director
Joseph Kuo
Screenwriter
Joseph Kuo
Production Co
Hong Hwa International Films
Genre
Action, Drama
Original Language
Chinese
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 17, 2017
Runtime
1h 32m
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