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Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
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Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
Original name: 少林搭棚大師
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The workers of a dye factory have their pay cut by 20% when the factory owner brings in some Manchu thugs to try and increase production. Desperate to reclaim their full wages, the workers hire an actor to impersonate a priest and kung-fu expert from the temple of Shaolin. The factory owner proves the actor a fraud, and punishes all those involved. The young actor feels he has let the workers down, and promises to atone. He sets out for Shaolin, determined to be accepted as a kung-fu pupil at the elite temple.
Style: humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, heroes, injustice, graphic violence, self discovery, good versus evil, hopes, master warrior, redemption, teaching the ways of the world, rivalry, power relations, righting the wronged, shaolin kung fu, kung fu, shaolin, historical event, revenge
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia

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Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
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Time: 1930s
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Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Duration: 93 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Chandni Chowk to China (2009)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: India, USA
Duration: 154 min.
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Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Iron Fingers of Death (1982)
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Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
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Duration: 126 min.
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Style: exciting, realistic, serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
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Duration: 116 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Duration: 98 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Ninja in the Dragon's Den (1982)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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