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Liu Gordon

Gordon Liu

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  • 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: 62
Gordon Liu

Gordon Liu

  • 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: 62
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)
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2013 High Kickers
Chinese Movie, 2013,
Zhao Yumin (Main Role)
Zhao Yumin
Main Role
3.0
2012 Nightfall
Hong Kong Movie, 2012,
Lung (Support Role)
Lung
Support Role
8.3
2011 Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Chinese Movie, 2011,
Wan Yulou (Support Role)
Wan Yulou
Support Role
6.9
2011 Love in Space
Hong Kong Movie, 2011,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.2
2010 Hot Summer Days
Hong Kong Movie, 2010,
Uncle Fai (Support Role)
Uncle Fai
Support Role
7.2
2010 True Legend
Hong Kong Movie, 2010,
Old Sage (Support Role)
Old Sage
Support Role
7.5
2005 Shaolin vs. Evil Dead
Hong Kong Movie, 2005,
Pak (Main Role)
Pak
Main Role
4.4
2003 Drunken Monkey
Hong Kong Movie, 2003,
Detective Hung Yat Fu (Main Role)
Detective Hung Yat Fu
Main Role
7.1
1993 Last Hero in China
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
Master Liu Hung (Support Role)
Master Liu Hung
Support Role
8.0
1993 Legend of the Liquid Sword
Hong Kong Movie, 1993,
[Shaolin master] (Support Role)
[Shaolin master]
Support Role
0.0
1985 Disciples of the 36th Chamber
Hong Kong Movie, 1985,
Monk San Te (Support Role)
Monk San Te
Support Role
5.7
1984 Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin
Hong Kong Movie, 1984,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.8
1984 The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
Hong Kong Movie, 1984,
Ng-long / Yeung Yip's 5th son (Main Role)
Ng-long / Yeung Yip's 5th son
Main Role
7.8
1982 Cat vs. Rat
Hong Kong Movie, 1982,
Jiu Jing / Emperor Yan-jung (Support Role)
Jiu Jing / Emperor Yan-jung
Support Role
10.0
1982 Legendary Weapons of China
Hong Kong Movie, 1982,
Ti Tan (Main Role)
Ti Tan
Main Role
7.5
1981 Drunk 8 Blows, Crazy 8 Blows
Korean Movie, 1981,
(Main Role)
Main Role
9.0
1981 Martial Club
Hong Kong Movie, 1981,
Wong Fei Hung (Main Role)
Wong Fei Hung
Main Role
7.1
1981 Treasure Hunters
Hong Kong Movie, 1981,
Mo Seung (Support Role)
Mo Seung
Support Role
7.5
1981 Shaolin and Wu Tang
Hong Kong Movie, 1981,
Hung Jun Kit (Main Role)
Hung Jun Kit
Main Role
8.7
1980 Return to the 36th Chamber
Hong Kong Movie, 1980,
Chao Jen-Cheh (Main Role)
Chao Jen-Cheh
Main Role
8.3
1978 The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
San Te (Main Role)
San Te
Main Role
8.7
1978 Heroes of the East
Hong Kong Movie, 1978,
Ho Tao (Main Role)
Ho Tao
Main Role
7.2
1977 Executioners from Shaolin
Hong Kong Movie, 1977,
Tung Tien Chin (Support Role)
Tung Tien Chin
Support Role
7.4
1976 Challenge of the Masters
Hong Kong Movie, 1976,
Wong Fei Hung (Main Role)
Wong Fei Hung
Main Role
9.1
1974 Shaolin Martial Arts
Hong Kong Movie, 1974,
He Zhen Gang (Support Role)
He Zhen Gang
Support Role
8.7
1973 Breakout from Oppression
Hong Kong Movie, 1973,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2010 Beauty Knows No Pain
Hong Kong Drama, 2010, 20 eps
Ng Lap Chau (Support Role)
20
Ng Lap Chau
Support Role
6.3
2006 A Pillow Case of Mystery
Hong Kong Drama, 2006, 20 eps
Sima Jui Fung (Support Role)
20
Sima Jui Fung
Support Role
7.3
2005 Real Kung Fu
Hong Kong Drama, 2005, 20 eps
Lin Yung (Main Role)
20
Lin Yung
Main Role
6.8
2005 Women on the Run
Hong Kong Drama, 2005, 25 eps
Master Wong (ep04) (Guest Role)
25
Master Wong (ep04)
Guest Role
6.7
2005 The Prince's Shadow
Hong Kong Drama, 2005, 20 eps
Nin Mau Lam (Support Role)
20
Nin Mau Lam
Support Role
6.2
2004 Shades of Truth
Hong Kong Drama, 2004, 25 eps
Wong Kam Yan (Support Role)
25
Wong Kam Yan
Support Role
6.9
2004 Net Deception
Hong Kong Drama, 2004, 20 eps
Tong Kam Fai (Support Role)
20
Tong Kam Fai
Support Role
6.6
2004 Twin of Brothers
Hong Kong Drama, 2004, 42 eps
Lee Lee Seung (Support Role)
42
Lee Lee Seung
Support Role
7.7
2004 The Vigilante in the Mask
Hong Kong Drama, 2004, 20 eps
Fu No Dai Si (Support Role)
20
Fu No Dai Si
Support Role
6.2
2003 Seed of Hope
Hong Kong Drama, 2003, 30 eps
Lo Choi (Support Role)
30
Lo Choi
Support Role
6.7
2001 A Step Into The Past
Hong Kong Drama, 2001, 40 eps
Cho Chau-dou (Support Role)
40
Cho Chau-dou
Support Role
8.0
2001 A Taste of Love
Hong Kong Drama, 2001, 25 eps
Fung Sam Do (Support Role)
25
Fung Sam Do
Support Role
7.6
2001 The Heaven Sword and the Dragon Sabre
Hong Kong Drama, 2001, 42 eps
Sing Kuan (Guest Role)
42
Sing Kuan
Guest Role
7.2
1999 Witness to a Prosecution
Hong Kong Drama, 1999, 22 eps
Nip Yan Lung (Support Role)
22
Nip Yan Lung
Support Role
8.1
1999 Dragon Love
Hong Kong Drama, 1999, 20 eps
Sea Dragon King (Support Role)
20
Sea Dragon King
Support Role
7.0
1999 Detective Investigation Files IV
Hong Kong Drama, 1999, 50 eps
Lok Chan Biu (Support Role)
50
Lok Chan Biu
Support Role
7.8
1997 Lady Flower Fist
Hong Kong Drama, 1997, 20 eps
(Support Role)
20
Support Role
7.4
1997 Taming of the Princess
Hong Kong Drama, 1997, 20 eps
Lei Gin (Support Role)
20
Lei Gin
Support Role
7.0
1996 Journey to the West
Hong Kong Drama, 1996, 30 eps
Bull Demon King (Support Role)
30
Bull Demon King
Support Role
8.4
1995 Return of the Condor Heroes
Hong Kong Drama, 1995, 32 eps
Kam Lun Fat Wong (Support Role)
32
Kam Lun Fat Wong
Support Role
7.8
1993 The Buddhism Palm Strikes Back
Hong Kong Drama, 1993, 20 eps
Forwun Tse San / Ngo Chin San (Support Role)
20
Forwun Tse San / Ngo Chin San
Support Role
7.5
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