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Interview with Gordon Liu
Gordon Liu and 36th Chamber of Shaolin 1/1 - Page 2
Author(s) : Bastian Meiresonne
Arnaud Lanuque
Date : 24/12/2004
Type(s) : Interview
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Warm thanck to Gorden Liu for his time and kindness.

Interview made by Bastian Meiresonne on the 12 March 2004.

Many thanks to Benjamin Gaesseler, WildSide Video and the Deauville's Asian film Festival.

The 36th Chamber trilogy

HKCinemagic.com : The shooting of the 36th Chamber of Shaolin last nearly 6 months. Why did it take so long?
Gordon Liu : Yes, the filming lasted very long. At this time, there were of course no such things as computers and it took a long time for the directing crew to build each chamber only with their own hands. Regarding the representation of the fights, I was feeling like getting back to my trainings; That was event harder, because each fight had to be given the most realistic display possible. As it was very difficult, the shooting was very long.

HKCM : Was the shooting painful ?
GL : (Gordon Liu jerks very quickly his head to mention de scene of the movie, where he gives head strikes to sand bags]. The number of injuries inflicted during this filming was impressive!

HKCM : It is said you shot a lot of film…
GL : Yes ; As the shooting was really long, we shot a lot.

HKCM : Are there some scenes, that you didn't keep in the final cut ?

GL : Other historical fights (at the beginning of the movie).


36th Chamber of Shaolin Return


HKCM : Why are there two sequels? Which one do you prefer?

GL : We can't really talk about sequels. The second movie is a totally different story. We used the same character and the Shaolin monastery. My favourite movie is the second one, The 36th Chamber Return, because we added a lot of comical elements.

[Editor's note : as it was not a direct sequel but a remake, Gordon Liu plays this time a totally different character (the swindler and master of disguise Chun Jen-Chieh). The monk San Te is played by Liu in the first movie, and he's portrayed here by the actor/stuntman Chin Chu. In the third and last instalment, Gordon Liu plays again the role of the monk]



final word
HKCM : Any message for your french fans ?
GL : A great “thank you” to all my fans in France and for your support and enjoying my movies such as the 36 th chamber of Shaolin or the two Kill Bill.

Even if today I don't do Kung Fu movies anymore, I hope my fans won't forget me (laughs). Even if I today I don't do movies anymore, I would like you to keep the spirit of Kung Fu in your heart. I've always wanted to communicate the kung fu philosophy through my movies.

Bastian and Gordon Liu
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