It is with great sadness that I have blogged this piece of news today. Legendary martial arts director and superstar Lau Kar Leung passed away on June 25 at the age of 76. In a career that has spanned more than 60 years. Lau starred in and provided action choreography for more than 70 films. In his early days he often worked with director Chang Cheh at legendary Shaw Brothers studios, and directed more than 25 feature films himself, culminating in 2003’s Drunken Monkey.
Many of Lau’s most famous films, including The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, starred his “god-brother” Gordon Liu Chia Hui – who is also critically ill. Other highlights of his long and illustrious career include Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu and Drunken Master II with Jackie Chan and Ti Lung, and more recently he starred in Tsui Hark’s Seven Swords.
As a kid I grew up watching all the early Shaw Brothers films but never knew that Lau was part of so many of them, he was so versatile as he played the bad guy as well as the good guy more often than I can remember, he was instrumental in making Gordon Liu into the superstar that he is today and he was also a real master of Hung Gar with a lineage that could be traced back to Wong Fei Hung. He will forever be missed by the legions of martial arts fans around the world. R.I.P Lau Sifu and thank you for all the great films.
Below is one of my favourite fight scenes from one of Lau’s movies.
On a side note: I have not done a lot to the car since the last time, I have been poor, it’s winter here at the moment and I can’t seem to find any time. BUT I will be on annual leave for 2 weeks in July so I will be spending as much time as possible doing the things I need to do to the car. Stay tuned for all the mods.