The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (少林三十六房)

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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (少林三十六房)


Saturday Oct 13 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


About the Film:

Part of 邵氏兄弟 Shaw Brothers Retrospective

Directed by Lau Kar-leung. 1987. Hong Kong. 118 min. Mandarin with English subtitles.

A landmark in the Shaw Brothers repertoire, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is considered to be one of the greatest kung fu films of all time  having a big impact on multiple generations of hip-hop, including the RZA (who claimed to have watched the film over 300 times). The 36th Chamber of Shaolin follows the trials and tribulations of Liu Yude, and later, San Te, as he embarks on a quest of Shaolin mastery to seek vengeance and liberation for his people against the Manchu government. Gordon Liu fully embodies the role of San Te, imbuing each punch, kick, and head-butt with the force and discipline of a dedicated Shaolin disciple, ultimately inspiring the Bride’s training sequence in Kill Bill 2.

At 7:30pm, the film will be preceded by a moderated discussion about the influence of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin on visual styles, linguistics, and music in hip-hop culture. Film screens at 8pm. Panelists include: 

Keith Cross, a veteran Hip-Hop artist, singer-songwriter, educator and scholar. Keith has a Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Education, specializing in Race, Inequality and Language in Education, and he is currently Assistant Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education at University of Hawai`i at Mānoa. For several years, Keith has taught Hip-Hop lyricism (i.e., rap) to youth and the elderly, as a tool for enhancing mental and social well-being. As a scholar, he investigates cognitive function, language learning, and cultural and environmental sustainability in relation to oral traditions (especially, communication via the composition and performance of song lyrics). To hear his music and learn more, please visit

Navid Najafi, winner of the 2012 and 2013 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Hip Hop Album of the Year awards and one of the most respected emcees in Hawai‘i. His smooth flow and intelligent, positive lyrics have been well received by fans and critics alike. A graduate of the University of Hawai‘i, Navid is a dedicated volunteer and youth facilitator in his community. Along with serving as an administrator for Soundshop, he is also a poet facilitator and youth mentor for the non-profit poetry education organization Pacific Tongues.

Kavet the Catalyst, an MC, DJ, Producer and Entrepreneur. From 1997 to 2001, he created the first Hawai`i Hip-Hop based radio show Lightsleepers. In Hawa`ii, he created a handful of groundbreaking events including Trip the Lights and INERTIA which, for ten years, helped Hawai’i’s B-Boy scene grow to a point where we are now represented world wide. Beatroot, going on 12 years now, is Hawai’i’s only producer battle where music producers and beat-makers battle to see who has the dopest beats. The Beatroot alumni has gone on to work with local and famous artists like Diplo, Eryka Badu, and Kid Cudi. In 2016, Kavet opened a Lightsleepers flagship store to sell clothing, music, and records, and to host monthly Producer Hangouts, art shows, and special one-run events.

Spel Oner, a graphic designer and illustrator whose broad range of visual material (from traditional artistic forms to computer-based media) appears on print and digital display. As a young immigrant who was raised by his grandparents, Spel took to art as a diversion and sanctuary. His artistic talent emerged at a young age, excelling at various styles and media. Spel has worked with numerous artists and companies, including Lightsleepers, Shing02, Year of the Ox, and Super Cr3w and has been organizing and putting art shows together for years now, gathering local talented artists in one space and to express themselves through art. Some of his notable shows are the Stage, Geisha, Love Letters, Ordinary People and Robot Carnival Shows.


The Honolulu Museum of Art is proud to participate in Science on Screen®, an initiative to offer creative pairings of current, classic, cult, and documentary films with introductions by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine. This is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

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