Gordon Liu and Kara Wai (centre) in a still from Martial Club, one of the two greatest kung fu films, along with The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, directed by legendary martial arts movie choreographer Lau Kar-leung.
Gordon Liu and Kara Wai (centre) in a still from Martial Club, one of the two greatest kung fu films, along with The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, directed by legendary martial arts movie choreographer Lau Kar-leung.

From ‘kung fu heaven’ to bloody hell, 2 of the best movies martial arts film legend Lau Kar-leung directed are a study in contrasts

  • Kung fu legend Lau Kar-leung’s Martial Club and The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter both feature Gordon Liu and Kara Wai in leading roles, but are poles apart
  • The former is optimistic, steeped in Confucian values and no blood is spilled, the latter downbeat and as gory as the films of Lau’s former boss Chang Cheh

Gordon Liu and Kara Wai (centre) in a still from Martial Club, one of the two greatest kung fu films, along with The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, directed by legendary martial arts movie choreographer Lau Kar-leung.
Gordon Liu and Kara Wai (centre) in a still from Martial Club, one of the two greatest kung fu films, along with The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, directed by legendary martial arts movie choreographer Lau Kar-leung.
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