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The 36th Chamber Trilogy‏ – Essential Kung Fu Viewing

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We salute some of the finest work of The Shaw Brothers, as we look back at The 36th Chamber films…

If you’ve watched more than a handful of Chinese martial arts films, you’ll be familiar with the iconic Shaw Brothers logo that adorns so many credits sequences. The brothers in question – Runme, Runje and Runde, later joined by little brother Run Run – set up the first incarnation of their film studio (Tianyi) in 1925 and, by the 1960s, dominated the Chinese film industry. Their Movietown studio in Hong Kong was one of the largest and most technically advanced in the world and the martial arts films it made in the 1970s led the charge of bringing Chinese cinema to the west.

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