Liu Gordon

Gordon Liu, born August 22, 1955 in Guangdong Province, China, is a Chinese martial arts film actor. Best known by Western moviegoers for his role as Pai Mei in Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004), and as Johnny Mo in Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003), the head general of the Crazy 88, O-Ren Ishii's (Lucy Liu) personal army. Elsewhere, Liu is known for his role as San Te from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and its sequels from which he adopted his shaved head style. Some fans call him the "Master Killer" after the alternate title to The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. He is also known to Indian fans as "Hojo", from Warner Bros' first Bollywood movie, Chandni Chowk to China.



Liu's first break was with Chang's Film Company (a Shaw Brothers subsidiary operating in Taiwan) acting small parts for such films as 5 Shaolin Masters, Shaolin Martial Arts, and 4 Assassins. He starred in Challenge of the Masters (1976), as the folk hero Wong Fei Hung, and was featured in Executioners From Shaolin (1977) before starring in his signature role as Shaolin hero San Te in 36th Chamber of Shaolin.

The tale of the imperialistic struggle against Manchus--while not a new one—was significant for the intense focus placed on the inner workings of Shaolin Temple itself. San Te, Liu's character, overcomes the temple's thirty-five chambers as he unwittingly undergoes the rigorous training regime imposed by the temple's Head Abbott on the pretext of "earning" a right to study martial arts there.

The "zero-to-hero" tale turned Liu into an international icon in spite of a frame far slighter than that of the folk hero himself (known as "Iron Arms" for the muscularity of his physique) and paved the way for a very healthy working schedule into the mid-1990s, even as younger, more agile martial artists eventually emerged. By the late 1980s he had begun accepting smaller roles such as in Lau Kar Leung's Tiger on the Beat.

Liu has also been active in television, and was contracted to Hong Kong's TVB company for many years, continuing playing roles as a martial arts master. Though still performing some martial arts roles, he is at home as well in comedic, self-deprecatory or emotional characters. His second-most common role in TVB has been playing a Hong Kong Police Force officer.

Quentin Tarantino has long been a fan of Liu, and had one day hoped to find him a role in one of his movies. This eventually came to pass with the roles of Johnny Mo and Master Pai Mei in both Kill Bill films (incidentally, in one version of the script for the second film, Liu's lips would be speaking Cantonese while his voice, dubbed by Tarantino, would be in English - imitating a bad dub job). His roles in Kill Bill raised Liu's profile again and a renewed interest was shown by Chinese producers; since Kill Bill, Gordon has returned to doing movies while continuing to do television for Hong Kong's TVB station.

In 2008, Liu added a Bollywood film to his profile. Collaborating with Indian actor Akshay Kumar who is a top-billed bollywood actor and also a martial arts performer in a film titled Chandni Chowk To China (CC2C). He played the role of the villain, Hojo, a smuggler and a well-trained martial artist. Before this, he appeared as himself (along with his mentor Lau Kar Leung) in Dragonland, 2009, the very first Italian documentary about Martial Cinema History, a homevideo 3 hours kung-fu marathon written and directed by specialist Lorenzo De Luca. Gordon attended as special guest star at the premiere in Rome, meeting for the first time his Italian fans.



(Source: Wikipedia)

Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2010
20
Ng Lap Chau Supporting Role
6.4
2006
20
Sima Jui Fung Supporting Role
7.3
2005
20
Lin Yung Main Role
6.9
2005
25
Master Wong (ep04) Guest Role
6.7
2005
20
Nin Mau Lam Supporting Role
6.4
2004
25
Wong Kam Yan Supporting Role
6.9
2004
20
Tong Kam Fai Supporting Role
6.6
2004
42
Lee Lee Seung Supporting Role
7.7
2004
20
Fu No Dai Si Supporting Role
6.2
2003
30
Lo Choi Supporting Role
6.7
2001
40
Cho Chau-dou Supporting Role
8.1
2001
25
Fung Sam Do Supporting Role
7.5
2001
42
Sing Kuan Guest Role
7.3
1999
22
Nip Yan Lung Supporting Role
8.1
1999
20
Sea Dragon King Supporting Role
7.1
1999
50
Lok Chan Biu Supporting Role
8.0
1997
20
Supporting Role
7.6
1997
20
Lei Gin Supporting Role
7.1
1996
30
Bull Demon King Supporting Role
8.3
1995
32
Kam Lun Fat Wong Supporting Role
7.8
1993
20
Forwun Tse San / Ngo Chin San Supporting Role
8.0

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2013
Zhao Yumin Main Role
3.0
2012
Lung Supporting Role
8.3
2011
Wan Yulou Supporting Role
6.9
2011
Supporting Role
7.2
2011
Old Sage Supporting Role
7.4
2010
Uncle Fai Supporting Role
7.1
2005
Pak Main Role
4.5
2003
Detective Hung Yat Fu Main Role
7.1
1993
Master Liu Hung Supporting Role
8.0
1991
Unknown Role
7.0
1988
Fai, the Hitman Guest Role
7.1
1985
Monk San Te Supporting Role
5.5
1984
Supporting Role
7.9
1984
Ng-long / Yeung Yip's 5th son Main Role
7.9
1982
Jiu Jing / Emperor Yan-jung Supporting Role
10
1982
Ti Tan Main Role
7.5
1981
Main Role
9.0
1981
Wong Fei Hung Main Role
7.3
1981
Mo Seung Supporting Role
8.0
1981
Hung Jun Kit Main Role
8.7
1980
Chao Jen-Cheh Main Role
8.0
1978
San Te Main Role
8.6
1978
Ho Tao Main Role
7.3
1977
Tung Tien Chin Supporting Role
7.4
1976
Wong Fei Hung Main Role
9.3
1974
He Zhen Gang Supporting Role
8.8
1973
Main Role
N/A

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Details

  • Name:

    Liu Gordon
  • Native name:

    刘家辉
  • Given name:

    Jinxi Xian
  • Also Known as:

    Lau Kar Fai; Xian Qixi; Liu Chia Hui; Hojo
  • Nationality:

    Hong Konger
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Born:

    August 22, 1955
  • Age:

    61