Ugh. It really sucks to report that Hong Kong Shaw Brothers legend Lau Kar Leung has passed. A veteran of dozens of classic films has left us at the age of 76. While he wasn’t my actual sifu, in a way he was. As a kid I watched many of his films, even if I didn’t know who he was, and tried to mimic the moves he choreographed, in such films as Heroes of the East, Drunken Master 2, Blood Brothers, The Water Margin, Five Shaolin Masters, and so many more. He was not only one of the best martial arts actors to come out of the Shaw Brothers, but also one of the best fight choreographers of all time. His Hung Gar style kung fu is still being taught by one of his students, the great Mark Houghton! Our condolences go out to Lau’s family, Mark Houghton, and everyone else whose life has been touched by the great Lau Kar Leung.
Here is some of his best work: