Martial Arts Legend Lau Kar Leung Has Died

Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China (@Marshy00)
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Martial Arts Legend Lau Kar Leung Has Died
Lau Kar Leung (Liu Chia Liang), one of the most revered martial artists in Hong Kong Cinema, has lost a long battle with leukemia, local media is reporting this morning. 

In a career spanning more than 60 years, Lau starred in - and provided action choreography for - more than 70 films. In his early days he often collaborated 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 Leung'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 My Young Auntie, starring Kara Hui, Drunken Master II with Jackie Chan and Ti Lung, and more recently he starred in Tsui Hark's Seven Swords. ScreenAnarchy looks back over ten career highlights here.

The 76-year-old passed away comfortably at Union Hospital in Hong Kong earlier this morning, with members of his family at his bedside.
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adhipJune 25, 2013 2:52 AM

My Deepest Condolences. Long time ago, I accompanied a friend watching The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, the fight choreography is mind blowing and instantly make me a loyal fans and start my journey as a kungfu movie lover. Any film with his name on it, as an actor, coreographer and director is a must see to me. Even his horror flick.

60hzJune 25, 2013 3:53 AM

horrible news.

SunilJune 25, 2013 6:26 AM

Terrible! The demise of undisputed and revered legend. God! this is so unbelievable!! RIP :((

QinlongJune 25, 2013 7:17 AM

A god among martial artists, directors and choreographers. His legacy is amazing, and matched only by very few. And unfortunately, the mould is probably broken for that kind of creative martial arts force.

Scott Dorian DancerJune 25, 2013 7:57 AM

arguably the most important man in the martial arts film genre. the magic he put on the camera will never be forgotten or duplicated. will never forget you pops. KUNG FU LEGEND.

HeijoshinJune 25, 2013 11:03 AM

I can not even express how much of a loss I consider this. This man was a personal hero of mine and a talent that I believe has never been rivaled in his field. My heart goes out to his family and my hopes as well that they can rejoice in an end to his suffering. In a time where the true essence of the "Kung fu" movie has been lost he was likely the most shinning example of the industrie's former glory. Rest in peace sir. You will be missed.

John FirthJune 25, 2013 1:19 PM

Without him, Shaws may never have reached the heights they did. It's no understatement to call him one of the most important men to have ever worked in the industry. He'll be greatly missed.