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Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild - Directors - Gordon LIU
劉家輝 | LIU Gordon

Do not hang on to past glories or failures. If you have failed, take it as a chance to learn; if you have succeeded, just enjoy it. What we are facing is the future, and we must focus on today’s tasks.”

(Excerpted from Epoch Times, February 5, 2004)


Born in Guangdong in 1954, Gordon Liu Chia-hui (aka Lau Karfai) followed his family to Hong Kong at a young age. When he was eight, he studied martial arts under Lau Cham, himself the student of Lam Sai-wing, one of legendary master Wong Feihung’s famous disciples. Liu learned from Lau’s son, Lau Karleung, and was later adopted by Lau.

Liu embarked on an acting career when he took the leading role in Breakout from Oppression in 1973, but the film was not released until 1978. Then, through Lau Kar-leung’s connection, Liu went to Taiwan to work at director Chang Cheh’s studio Chang’s Film but didn’t land any important roles. Returning to Hong Kong in 1976, Liu joined Shaw Brothers Studio, playing the young Wong Fei-hung in Lau Kar-leung’s Challenge of the Masters. Liu rose to stardom and became one of Shaws’ hottest kung fu stars, later sealing his status as a leading kung fu star with The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), in which he plays Shaolin monk San Te, one of his most memorable roles.

In 1983, Liu left Shaws when his contract expired, moving on to star in and also direct the martial arts film Shaolin and Wu Tang for Hing Fat Film Company. In 1985, he produced and starred in Two Jolly Cops. He also started to act on television in 1988, playing supporting roles in drama series produced by Television Broadcasts (TVB). Liu returned to the silver screen in 2003 upon American director Quentin Tarantino’s invitation to star in Kill Bill 1 (2003) and Kill Bill 2 (2004), which revived Liu’s international profile and interests from the film industry. In 2011, Liu suffered a stroke and has since taken a break from showbiz.

Year Chinese name English name Directors
1983 《少林與武當》
Shaolin and Wu Tang