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My pilgrimage to one of Martial Arts Cinema's most iconic filming locations was a very sobering one. The grassy hillside where Gordon Liu battles Lo Lieh at the end of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin was a bit like the holy grail to me. You can see this place in so many films. All the legendary heroes of my youth had been fighting there. My expectations were high...
  
I eagerly approached the hilltop, but instead of unspoiled nature I found this:



At first, I just hoped it was the wrong hill. I tried to pacify myself but after checking every trail and every hilltop in the area, I knew with sad certainty that this must be the right place. A fire lookout is a good thing, but at this moment it was nothing but a huge letdown. Unfortunately, the fenced facility covers the whole grassland and so my photographic scopes were very limited.

Here is a (definitely incomplete) list of films featuring this location.
Especially during the late 70s, this must have been an extremely busy area.

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
The Blood Brothers (1973)
Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
Dirty Tiger, Crazy Frog! (1978)
Drunken Master (1978)
Five Superfighters (1979)
Heroes Two (1974)
The Incredible Kung Fu Master (1979)
Monkey Kung Fu (1979)
Mr. Vampire (1985)
Odd Couple (1979)
Shaolin Abbot (1979)
Shaolin Martial Arts (1974)
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
Soul of the Sword (1978)
The Thunderbolt Fist (1972)
When Taekwondo Strikes (1973)
The Young Master (1980)

And here are a few comparison shots. As I wrote before, it was difficult to find the exact same angles.


Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)



Odd Couple (1979)



The Young Master (1980)



Mr. Vampire (1985)

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