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August 11th 2006 - Arnaud Lanuque - Exclusive HKCinemagic.com
Heroes of Shaolin : The new movie by Lau Kar Leung.

As reported previously, legendary martial arts action director Lau Kar Leung has begun working on “Heroes of Shaolin." Lau, who has a literal ‘lifetime of achievements' and is often credited with being the most influential director/choreographer in martial arts filmmaking, has deemed this his last major production, a passing of the torch to the next generation of martial arts cinema makers. Known for his use of his family's traditional martial arts (Hung Family Style) and his disdain for ‘wire work,' Lau's movie will propose intricate choreography no longer seen in today's martial arts films as well as his customary messages of virtue through the martial arts.

In order to make this vision a reality, Lau has reunited his “heroes” from the golden days of Shaw Brothers, time in which he gave us his greastest masterpieces. Gordon Liu (a.k.a. Lau Kar-Fei), undoubtedly one of the Shaw Brothers most recognized talents, is already on board but two others capital members of the Lau Team have now joined the production as well.

First of them is Hsio Hou (Siu Hou). Star of Lau's 1979 film “Mad Monkey Kung Fu”, he was at one time considered the best acrobat in the Hong Kong film industry. Originally a Chinese Opera performer discovered by Lau, Hsio Hou's onscreen performance as Lau's ‘Monkey Style Student' was simply remarkable. He continued demonstrating his magnificent martial arts and acrobatic ability in Lau's later films such as “My Young Auntie” “Legendary Weapons of China” and as Gordon Liu's belligerent student in “Disciples of the 36th Chamber.”. He became also a key member of the team as an assistant choreographer for his Sifu along side Ching Chu. After the Shaw Brothers era was over, he moved behind the scenes, doing action choreography, and occasionally graces the silver screen with a guest appearance. He returns now to take part in this remarkable project.


My Young Auntie

The second one is one of the best villains of Kung Fu Cinema's, Johnny Wang Lung Wei. Wang portrayed the characters he played with uncanny kung-fu skills, even though he lost most of his on screen battles. He debuted in the 1974 Shaw Bros. production “Shaolin Martial Arts”. His performance in that film landed him in an incredible number of other projects for the Shaw Brothers over the years. In “Martial Club” (another of Lau's films) Wang had the opportunity to finally play one of the good guys and pits his skills against Gordon Liu, playing a young Wong Fei-hong. The finale between the two in an increasingly narrow alley, utilizing different Kung-Fu styles is pure movie magic.

Other former Shaw actors are coming on board making “Heroes of Shaolin” a star studded reunion of legendary martial artists all coming together under their former “Pops” (as Lau is affectionately referred to) once again to make history. Lau's visions have dazzled audiences for years and this production is gearing up to be nothing less than spectacular.

The film is slated for production around mid-2007 in the Chinese Mainland and the Weinstein Company has already shown some interest for it.

Source: Burning Shaolin Production

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March 19th 2006 - Arnaud Lanuque - Exclusive HKCinemagic.com
Martial-Art glory shines on silver screen in a new movie by Lau Kar Leung.

Chinese Version

Four years after his latest movie as a director (Drunken Monkey), Lau Kar Leung (Liu Jialiang in Mandarin) is currently working on a new exciting project.

Lau, also know as Sifu (Chinese for master), is a legendary action choreographer from the Hong Kong cinema. Internationally acclaimed for his martial-art films made and choreographed in the 1970/1980s under the famous Shaw Brothers (36th Chamber of Shaolin, New-One Armed Swordsman) , Lau is also an actor, scriptwriter, producer and film director. He's worked with all the Chinese cinema superstars, from Chang Cheh to Jackie Chan, passing by Jimmy Wang Yu and Gordon Liu. Lately, Lau worked in front and behind the camera in Tsui Hark's Blockbuster Seven Swords as d'action director.

In real life, Lau is an adept of a peculiar martial art style called Hung Gar, which require being strong as iron and soft as silk. Lau is also from the martial-art lineage of the Chinese legendary hero Wong Fei-hong.


Gordon Liu and Lau Kar Leung in Drunken Monkey


In his new project, at 70, the most talented martial art choreographer with 110 films under his belt strives to produce a biopic on Luk Ah Choi (an ascendant of Wong Fei-hong), and tell a grand story, the history of Hung Gar. It's an extremely ambitious project, marking Lau's life achievement.

At the moment, Sifu has a very precise conception of the movie plot and his new movie is in pre-production. Lau's looking for investors to help carry this project further. USD 1 million is necessary (around Euros 820, 000).

If you are producer or investor, and would like to know more about the movie which will undoubtedly be a classic more traditional than Zhang Yimou's Hero and more spiritual than Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, please kindly contact the HKCinemagic.com staff (contact@hkcinemagic.com) and check out this website http://www.laufamilyhunggar.com/

Let's wish a happy development to the director of the 36h Chamber of Shaolin and Drunken Master 2 and wish him to complete his ultimate dream of a definitive Kung Fu movie.

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