Martial Arts Director Lau Kar-Leung prepares for his Kung Fu Masterpiece: Heroes of Shaolin

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Legendary Martial Arts director Lau Kar-Leung has done it all in the Kung Fu genre. He write, direct, choreograph and star in many of the classic Kung-Fu movies in a span of 40 years. His most recent work was in Seven Swords where Lau served as an action choreographer as well as acting in a supporting role. For Lau Kar Leung to make this statement on his latest project, Heros of Shaolin: “this will be my best movie, and the best martial arts movie ever made”, that is something you don't take lightly. Heed his words for one can expect great things from this man considering the body of work he has done in his long and impressive career. Here is how the story goes:

A remarkable Shaolin Monk Luk Ah-Choi escapes from the destruction of his home (the Shaolin Temple) and takes refuge in a local village where he falls in love with the beautiful, jaded and lethal Yim Wing Chun. Together they struggle to organize a rebellion against the oppressing Qing Dynasty. Distracted from his true mission by his vendetta against the murderous traitor Bok Mei (Liu), Luk Ah-Choi jeopardizes all in this 19th Century epic of love, life and vengeance.

Lau's adopted brother and long time colleague, Gordon Lui of Kill Bill fame is attached as a member of the cast. Possible actors and actress on the wanted list include Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun-Fat, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa. The film is currently in pre-production and is being produced by New York based, Burning Shaolin Production. It will begin production early mid 2007 in Mainland China with a release date targeted in 2008.


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FiveVenomsJune 17, 2006 4:20 AM

I'll second an enthusiastic vote for hoping this all comes out well. And if that cast is anything beyond mere speculation....whew! My fingers are crossed yet again...

amyJune 17, 2006 5:05 AM

Gimme Donnie Yen ..and NO Zhang ZiYI please!!
Am i the only one who think Donnie Yen is better than Jet Li and Zhang ZiYi is overrated..?

glennJune 17, 2006 5:21 AM

my smart-ass prediction: no matter the quality of the resulting film, The Weinsteins will buy it and mess it up and/or shelve it and Zhang Ziyi will be forced into it since she's in too many things anyway. Love the Lau Kar Leung, wish him the best, but expect the worst.

(Yes, Donnie Yen is criminally underrated -- I still can't see why he's not a bigger star in the West. I even think he's more of a hunky type now that he's older.)

El DuderinoJune 17, 2006 6:14 AM


Rhythm-XJune 17, 2006 9:43 AM

A new movie by Lau Kar-Leung. Hooray!

Even when the film's a bit lacking, as has been the case with his last couple of movies, it's just good to see him doing his thing.

I hope they can raise enough of a budget to do it justice. If they can get Chow Yun-Fat and Zhang Ziyi, that will make it a hell of a lot easier. But that seems a bit expensive, unless this Michael Parrella guy who's producing it has some really deep pockets. Hopefully he does.

Surprised that the article doesn't mention that not only is Gordon Liu attached to this, but he's (allow me to cut and paste from the linked Burning Shaolin Productions site) "reprising the role he portrayed in Kill Bill Vol. 2 as the treacherous White-Browed Taoist Monk Bak Mei (Pai Mei)."

That put a big grin on my face.

ChomogoJune 17, 2006 2:14 PM

wow, gordon lui as white brow again, that is indeed good news. chow yun fat is a great actor, but zhang ziyi is too overrated. but i wouldn't mind seein' her in this film. i'm a big fan of donnie yen, if he's in it, i'll be seein' this. too bad he can't reprise his role as Hung-Hei Koon so he can battle white brow. loves his hung-gar style. tony jaa is amazing, put him and donnie yen, i love to see Lau Kar-Leung clash them together. if anythin' throw in wu jing while we're at it.

hobbitJune 18, 2006 4:07 PM

“this will be my best movie, and the best martial arts movie ever made”

haha, what a bold statement. Last time I remember 'Seven Swords' stinks. The older some people get, the less humility they have.

OB1June 18, 2006 6:44 PM

Seven Swords was not a Lau Kar-Leung-directed movie.

And considering that he is one of the greatest kung fu filmmakers ever, he can say whatever the hell he wants to say.

El DuderinoJune 18, 2006 8:57 PM

And by the way the coreographies for Seven Swords are awesome, as it is the movie.

burningshaolinJune 19, 2006 5:37 PM

looks like a random list of names throw in for convenience sake. chow yu fat should never do another kong fu movie after terrible bullet proof monk; ziyi zhang is overrated and overexposed; don't tell me tony jaa can pretend to be a chinese doing hung gar with his elbows; i'd rather watch dry paint than donnie yen act.

Michael ParrellaJuly 31, 2006 3:47 PM

Thanks for all the positive feedback regarding the new movie. As the producer, I can tell you all that we'll doing the fans some 'old school justice' along with a great story, LGL's incredible Kung-Fu and more updated cinematography.

We do not intend to make a 70/80's Shaw Bros. movie all over again. This will be fresh, new but still classic LGL.

I'll check back from time to time and you can check our website for an upcoming production blog, once we start filming.

Keep the faith!

HannibalApril 6, 2007 2:53 AM

Kau Kar Leung is the best MA choreographer, PERIOD!

Who cares what the weinstiens or whoever do? The value is in seeing the masters at work.

This story should have been done by him a long time ago. I just wish the Hou Yuan Chia movie would have been done by Master Lau.

HugoMay 8, 2008 10:33 PM

Grand Master Kau Kar Leung so good that it be a new fresh classic, just because we need a new start! So we can feel more update to our new era! And more close to the heart! But do this mean that the movie is about a history of this time or is the movie a modern movie but with the history of to example Venerable Pak Mei?

Well i really belive it be the best of all and my first kung fu movie i ever going to buy.

I hope we can see in the movie some internal arts in the movie if possible, like Dit da, chi kung, dim mak or chin Na etc hehehihi

Regards from me a Shaolin ex, former student of Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit
Hugo Darien.

Hugo1977May 10, 2008 9:07 AM

After reading in the internet the history is about Pak Mei so it sure be a new movie showing those old ages, and that is very good, after thinking about it, it sure be so beautiful showing the old beauty China special the mountains like Omei (they said Bak Mei spend his last year there) and i feel good that the movie takes long time to make, that makes the movie more special and well done, not like the fast made movies we see nowdays!

PS. i belive this would be a good link to read about Bak Mei:(there Sifu Wong say that: Of the Five Shaolin Grandmaster, the best fighter was Ng Mui, a woman, and not Pak Mei.