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Gordon Liu 
Written by: on May 26th, 2004

Chia Hui Liu (Gordon Liu), was born in Guangdong, China in 1955. His name in Cantonese is Lau Kar Fai and in Mandarin is Liu-Chia Hui. His chosen name in English is Gordon Liu. He studied Hung Gar style of kung fu at the liu family school, from the age of 9 along side the Liu-chia Brothers (Liang, Jung and Yung). He is the adopted brother of the Shaw Brothers Director Liu Chia-liang.

After learning the Hung Gar style of kung fu at the Liu family school, Gordon worked his way into Chang Cheh’s Shaolin Martial Arts (1974) and appeared in several more with the classic kung fu director. Gordon Liu is one of the most popular martial arts stars in the West primarily due to his stellar performance in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (AKA Master Killer). A part for which he shaved his head for and kept the look ever since. Warner Brothers after the death of Bruce Lee approached Gordon Liu as Lee’s Successor. They would change their mind and hire Yul Brynner instead as the lead in The Ultimate Warrior. Gordon starred in several more ground breaking films with Chia Liang including Heroes of the East (1978) (AKA Shaolin Challenges Ninja), is a rarity in Hong Kong where the martial arts are praised, in a martial arts movie were no one dies, Dirty Ho (1979), and Legendary Weapons of China (1982).

He would make his directorial debut with 1981’s Shaolin and Wu Tang. When the martial arts craze came to an end in the early 1980’s, Gordon like many 70’s martial arts stars struggled to find his place in the ever changing film business. By the early 1990’s martial arts films had become popular for a new generation. Gordon’s film output has slowed down considerably in recent years, but he has kept himself busy with acting roles on Hong Kong and Taiwanese television where he would find his greatest fame. Q T would hire Gordon for two roles in the “Kill Bill” films, one as the bald-headed, bandit-masked yakuza bodyguard, Johnny Mo, and the other as the cruel, white-haired, and powerful kung fu master, Pai Mei. Through his spectacular martial arts skill Gordon Liu is not only a star in Hong Kong, but an international star.


Heroes of Shaolin (2008)
Made in China (2008)
“Best Bet” (2007)
Mr. 3 Minutes (2006)
Katana-Man (2006)
My Kung Fu Sweetheart (2006)
“Lethal Weapons of Love and Passion” (2006)
Shaolin vs. Evil Dead 2: Ultimate Power (2006)
A Chinese Tall Story (2005)
Dragon Heat (2005)
“Real Kung Fu” (2005)
“The Gateau Affairs” (2005)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Star Runner (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Drunken Monkey (2002)
Generation Pendragon (1999)
The Island Tales (1999)
The Year of the Gun (1995)
American Shaolin (1994)
Two Shaolin Kids in Hong Kong (1994)
Drunken Master III (1994)
Cheetah on Fire (1993)
Flirting Scholar 2 (1993)
Flirting Scholar (1993)
Last Hero in China (1993)
Legend of the Liquid Sword (1993)
Bogus Cops (1993)
Passion in the Dream (1992)
China Heat (1991)
Tiger on the Beat II (1990)
A Bloody Fight (1990)
A Fiery Family (1989)
Code of Fortune (1989)
Ghost Ballroom (1989)
Killer Angels (1989)
My Heart Is That Eternal Rose (1989)
Tiger on Beat (1988)
Peacock King (1988)
Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)
Warrior from Shaolin (1984)
The Lady Is the Boss (1983)
Enter the 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1983)
Tales of a Eunuch (1983)
Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin (1983)
Eight Diagram Pole Fighter

Treasure Hunters (1982)
Raiders of Buddhist Kung Fu (1982)
The Shaolin Drunken Monk (1982)
Legendary Weapons of China (1982)
Cat Versus Rat (1982)
Fangs of the Tigress (1981)
Shaolin and Wu Tang (1981)
Instructors of Death (1981)
Fists of the White Lotus (1980)
Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
Fists and Guts (1980)
Fury in the Shaolin Temple (1979)
Dirty Ho (1979)
Spiritual Boxer II (1979)
Heroes of the East (1979)
Breakout from Oppression (1978)
36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
Shaolin Mantis (1978)
He Has Nothing But Kung Fu (1977)
Shaolin Executioner (1977)
Challenge of the Masters (1976)
Bloody Avengers (1976)
Seven Man Army (1976)
Four Assassins (1975)
5 Masters of Death (1974)
Martial Arts of Shao Lin (1974)

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