HUMAN LANTERNS
REN PI DENG LONG
1982, AGFA, 95 min, Hong Kong, Dir: Chung Sun

Martial arts and no-holds-barred horror make for a seriously wild experience in this ’82 slice of Shaw Brothers mayhem. A clawed, skull-masked village psycho is on the loose, swiping young women to peel off their skin in his grisly workshop of the damned. Could the murders be connected to a brewing town rivalry over the upcoming lantern festival? The rowdy scenes of the hairy, hyperactive maniac going to town turned this formerly obscure genre mash-up into a cult favorite among Hong Kong fans.


THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN
SHAO LIN SAN SHI LIU FANG
1978, Celestial Pictures, 115 min, Hong Kong, Dir: Liu Chia-Liang

Starring the indomitable Gordon Liu, THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN quickly became a defining statement in the film industry in Asia while establishing a new standard in martial arts cinema. When the Manchu government brutally crushes a local uprising, a student (Liu) escapes the carnage and finds refuge in the Shaolin temple. Determined to seek revenge, he begins training in the temple's 35 chambers, soon becoming a kung fu master.


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