Liu, Chia Hui
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Chia Hui Liu

[ Liu, Chia Hui ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: 刘家辉
Family name: Liu
Country: Hong Kong
Birth date: Sunday, November 20, [61 years old]
Birth place: Guangdong, China
Bio
Alternative names: Gordon Liu Chia Hui, Lau Ga Fai, Lau Ga Fei, Lau Kar Fai, Lau Kar Fei, Liu Chia Hui, Gordon Liu, Liu Jia Hui, Liu2 Gu1 Hui1
Profession: Director, Action Director, Actor


One of the Lau Brothers.

When old school kung fu fans talk about their "golden age" of HK films, the name of Lau Kar Fai (as he was known then) is certainly almost always near the top of the list. His work with his adopted brother and director, Lau Kar Leung, is legendary and the image of Lau Kar Fai's shaven head is one of the enduring images of that period.

He and many of the films he was in - 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Return to the 36th Chamber, Dirty Ho, Legendary Weapons of China, Cat vs. Rat, Eight Diagram Pole Fighter are all considered kung fu classics and show Lau at his best. His physical skills are incredibly impressive.

He started learning kung fu in his early teens when he skipped school behind his parent's back to go learn and train at the kwoon of Lau Charn a Wong Fei Hung grand student and father of Lau Kar Leung and Wing. Lau Charn's wife also helped in the training and somehow the young Xian Qixi (Gordon's real name in piyin) got close to her and that's how he was introduced into the family and eventually was adopted into it and received the name Lau Kar Fei.

As he grew into adulthood he found a job as a shipping clerk, but that was probably just a way to earn a living while his real interest was kung fu. Besides kung fu he was also adept in dancing, singing and playing guitar (as seen in My Young Auntie). Eventually of course Lau Kar Leung was to ask him to act in one of his films. With the decline of the kung fu genre in the early 80's his career began slipping as well, but he has continued making films until the present time. Cahier du Cinema has called Gordon the greatest or best kung fu actor ever.

Generally using the name of Gordon Liu after the kung fu period ended and often a full head of hair, he has most often been cast as a bad guy. Some of his post kung fu films are the classic My Heart is that Eternal Rose, Tiger on the Beat, Killer Angels, Last Hero In China (he has that wonderful duel with Jet Li on the drawbridge), Treasure Hunt and in 1999 he appeared with Anthony Wong in Heaven of Hope.

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Trivia
  • Being trained by master of Liu's Hung martial arts, Liu Cham, during his early childhood, Gordon was greatly impressed by Liu's skills and adopted the new name Liu Chia-hui.
  • He is the adopted brother of the greatest Sb director, Liu Chia-liang. He is almost always playing a bald-headed monk of some sort.
  • He started his movie career as a stuntman and got promoted to martial arts instructor afterwards. His debut project was Shaolin Martial Arts in which he played a supporting role. In the Challenge of the master, director Liu Chia-liang successfully moulded him to be a "Hero of Kung-fu" and he was in the main cast for the movie, too. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin marked the success of Liu and he followed this role and made several Kung-fu movies; amongst those, he always portrayed himself as the "Kung-fu Monk".
  • He played two roles in the "Kill Bill" films, one as the bald-headed, bandit-masked yakuza bodyguard, Johnny Mo, and one as the cruel, white-haired, and powerful kung fu master, Pai Mei.
  • Brother of actor Chia-Liang Liu.
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 2012 Future Fighters
  • 2011 The Wizards Hunter: The Hunt for Evangelion Crowley
  • 2011 The Man with the Iron Fists
  • 2011 Blood Money
  • 2010 Chuen sing yit luen - yit lat lat
  • 2010 Su Qi-Er
  • 2010 Kong Hong: Lost in Love
  • 2009 Frankenstein Unlimited
  • 2009 Chandni Chowk to China
  • 2007 Hok king chut gaan
  • 2007 Ying chai chip fook
  • 2007 Shaolin vs. Evil Dead 2: Ultimate Power
  • 2006 Saam fun chung sin saan
  • 2006 Huo yuan jia zhi jing wu zhen ying xiong
  • 2006 Katana-Man
  • 2006 Ye maan bei kup
  • 2006 Faan wan fuk yu
  • 2005 Ching din dai sing
  • 2005 Mang lung
  • 2005 Fat shan chaan sin sang
  • 2005 Ching mai hak sum lam
  • 2004 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 as Pai Mei
  • 2004 Shao Lin jiang shi
  • 2004 Chui ma lau
  • 2003 Siu nin a Fu
  • 2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 as Johnny Mo
  • 2000 You shi tiaowu
  • 1999 Yi dai xiao xiong cao cao
  • 1998 Zhong hua da zhang fu
  • 1996 Sai yau gei as Bull Demon
  • 1995 Sun diu hap lui
  • 1995 Lethal Girls 2
  • 1994 Jui kuen III
  • 1994 Shao Lin huo bao bei
  • 1994 Hua qi Shao Lin
  • 1994 Bao jie rou qing
  • 1993 Tang Bohu dian Qiuxiang
  • 1993 Wong Fei Hung: Chi tit gai dau neung gung
  • 1993 Lun Wen-Xu lao dian Liu Xian-Kai
  • 1993 Siu hap Cho Lau Heung
  • 1993 Zou lao wei long
  • 1992 Lip paau hang dung
  • 1992 Yun yu di liu gan
  • 1991 Hei xing feng yun
  • 1991 No foh wai lung
  • 1990 Lao hu chu geng II
  • 1989 Sha shou hu die meng
  • 1989 Meng hu fa huo
  • 1989 Huo bao xing dong
  • 1989 Sha shou tian shi
  • 1989 A Fiery Family
  • 1989 Fu gui bing tuan
  • 1989 Meng gui wu ting
  • 1988 Kujaku ô
  • 1988 Lie xue feng yun
  • 1988 Lo foo chut gang
  • 1986 Guo fu Sun Zhong Shan yu kai guo ying xiong
  • 1985 Shao Lin yu Wu Dang
  • 1985 Di zi ye feng kuang
  • 1985 Pi li shi jie
  • 1985 Xiao nian Su Qi Er
  • 1984 Wu Lang ba gua gun
  • 1984 Shao Lin xiao zi
  • 1983 Chang men jen
  • 1983 Lu ding ji
  • 1982 Yu mao san xi jin mao shu
  • 1982 Shi ba ban wu yi
  • 1982 Baat sap yee ga fong haak
  • 1982 Bok chun
  • 1982 Raiders of Buddhist Kung Fu
  • 1982 Shao Lin zui ba quan
  • 1981 Wu guan as Huang Fei-Hong
  • 1981 Lung fu siu yeh
  • 1981 Tang lang
  • 1981 Cheung booi
  • 1980 Shao Lin da peng da shi as Chao Jen-Cheh
  • 1980 Hong Wending san po bai lian jiao as Hong Wen-Ting
  • 1980 Po jie da shi
  • 1979 Yi dan er li san gong fu
  • 1979 Mao shan jiang shi quan
  • 1979 Shao Lin zhen ying xiong
  • 1978 Zhong hua zhang fu as Ho Tao
  • 1978 Sha chu chong wei
  • 1978 Shao Lin san shi liu fang as San Te
  • 1977 Hong Xi Guan
  • 1977 Gong fu xiao zi
  • 1976 Liu A-Cai yu Huang Fei-Hong as Huang Fei Hung
  • 1976 Ba dao lou zi
  • 1976 Lan tou He
  • 1976 Pa kuo lien chun
  • 1975 Ma ko Po lo
  • 1974 Shao Lin wu zu
  • 1974 Hong quan yu yong chun
  • 1973 Sha chu chong wei
  • 1994 Bao jie rou qing
  • 1977 Gong fu xiao zi
  • 1973 Sha chu chong wei
  • 1985 Shao Lin yu Wu Dang
  • 1973 Sha chu chong wei
  • 1985 USA Ninja
  • 2007 El Morao del Dragon Gordo
  • 2010 Medallion of Kung fu
  • 2003 Cinema Hong Kong: Kung Fu
  • 2003 Cinema Hong Kong: Wu Xia
  • 2002 The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture
  • 1995 Top Fighter
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance
  • 2004 The Making of 'Kill Bill: Volume 2'
As a director:
  • 1985 Shao Lin yu Wu Dang
  • 1973 Sha chu chong wei
  • 1985 USA Ninja
  • 2007 El Morao del Dragon Gordo
  • 2010 Medallion of Kung fu
  • 2003 Cinema Hong Kong: Kung Fu
  • 2003 Cinema Hong Kong: Wu Xia
  • 2002 The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture
  • 1995 Top Fighter
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance
  • 2004 The Making of 'Kill Bill: Volume 2'
Self:
  • 2010 Medallion of Kung fu
  • 2003 Cinema Hong Kong: Kung Fu
  • 2003 Cinema Hong Kong: Wu Xia
  • 2002 The Art of Action: Martial Arts in Motion Picture
  • 1995 Top Fighter
  • 1994 Cinema of Vengeance
  • 2004 The Making of 'Kill Bill: Volume 2'

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Movies

Filmography

(partial)
Hot Summer DaysHot Summer Days

Chuen Sing Yit Luen - Yit Lat Lat

as Uncle Fai

Year: 2010

True LegendTrue Legend

Su Qi-Er

as Bearded Man

Year: 2010

A Chinese Tall StoryA Chinese Tall Story

Ching Din Dai Sing

Year: 2005

Drunken MonkeyDrunken Monkey

Chui Ma Lau

as Hung Yat Fu (as Gordon Liu)

Year: 2002

Last Hero in ChinaLast Hero in China

Wong Fei-Hung Chi Tit Gai Dau Neung Gung

as Liu-Heung

Year: 1993

Disciples of the 36th ChamberDisciples of the 36th Chamber

Pi Li Shi Jie

Year: 1985

Shaolin Temple 2: Kids From ShaolinShaolin Temple 2: Kids From Shaolin

Shao Lin Xiao Zi

Year: 1983

Return to the 36th Chamber of ShaolinReturn to the 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Shao Lin Ta Peng Hsiao Tzu

as Chao Yen-Cheh

Year: 1980

36th Chamber of Shaolin, The36th Chamber of Shaolin, The

Shao Lin San Shi Liu Fang

as San Te

Year: 1978




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