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What's the Best Lau Kar-Leung Film?

The Spiritual Boxer
0 (0%)
Dirty Ho
0 (0%)
Executioners From Shaolin
0 (0%)
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
2 (10.5%)
Heroes of the East (Shaolin vs. Ninja)
0 (0%)
Spiritual Boxer II
0 (0%)
Mad Monkey Kung Fu
0 (0%)
My Young Auntie
1 (5.3%)
Return to the 36th Chamber
0 (0%)
Legendary Weapons of China
0 (0%)
8 Diagram Pole Fighter
0 (0%)
Disciples of the 36th Chamber
0 (0%)
Drunken Master II
5 (26.3%)
other
0 (0%)
haven't Seen Any
11 (57.9%)
don't Like Any
0 (0%)

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Re: Lau Kar-Leung - Director's Best
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2010, 03:10:07 AM »
Drunken Master 2, Jackie Chan at his peak. I may have seen some of the others, but I am not sure.

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Re: Lau Kar-Leung - Director's Best
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2011, 11:42:22 AM »
Return to the 36th Chamber Lau Kar-Leung, 1980

Some Manchurians thugs are hired by the government (?) to take over a dye mill and muscle out the poor workers and make them take lower wages. In a desperate bid to get their normal wages back, they hire Gordon Liu's random crook guy to impersonate a Shaolin monk (the dude from the original 36th chamber movies, who shows up later, played by a different actor, weird). Since Liu doesn't know kung fu, he has to use some trickery in order to fool the bad guys. But these things never last. The film spends a pretty long time in these sequences, depicting the casual way in which the common people are being exploited, and in essence, showing that this is a perfect situation to utilize kung fu woo ha amazingness. Gordon Liu then goes to the Shaolin Temple in order to learn kung fu, but is rejected. But after witnessing his tenaciousness, they allow him to build their scaffolding (lol). What is a Gordon to do? Learn Scaffold Fu, of course! A great deal of fun, but nowhere near as intense (or as funny) as Lau's other efforts. The ending is pretty great, however, as it all consists of Liu tying up his opponents to bamboo sticks.
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Re: Lau Kar-Leung - Director's Best
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2011, 02:33:54 PM »
Yeah, that one was a big disappointment.  Good, but a disappointment.  I don't think Lau is all that great at comedy (My Young Auntie is the exception).
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Re: Lau Kar-Leung - Director's Best
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2011, 01:25:17 PM »
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Re: Lau Kar-Leung - Director's Best
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2014, 06:09:27 PM »
1. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
2. Dirty Ho
3. Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
4. My Young Auntie
5. Drunken Master II
6. Heroes of the East
7. Executioners from Shaolin
8. The Spiritual Boxer
9. Martial Club
10. Legendary Weapons of China
11. Drunken Monkey
12. Mad Monkey Kung Fu
13. Challenge of the Masters
14. Tiger on the Beat
15. Shaolin Mantis
16. The Shadow Boxing
17. Disciples of the 36th Chamber
18. The Lady is the Boss
19. Drunken Master III
20. Tiger on the Beat 2
21. Cat vs. Rat
22. Return to the 36th Chamber
23. Martial Arts of Shaolin
24. Aces Go Places V: The Terracotta Hit

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Re: Lau Kar-Leung - Director's Best
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2014, 11:12:51 AM »
1. Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)
2. Drunken Master II (1994)
3. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
4. My Young Auntie (1981)
5. Dirty Ho (1976)
6. Heroes of the East (1978)
7. Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
8. Tiger on the Beat (1988)

Hmmm, I thought I'd seen more.

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Re: Liu, Chia-Liang
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2019, 12:50:38 AM »
1. Drunken Master II
2. The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter

3. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
4. Return to the 36th Chamber
5. Martial Arts of Shaolin
6. Heroes of the East

7. Dirty Ho
8. Tiger on Beat
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Re: Liu, Chia-Liang
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2019, 11:38:52 PM »
Updated Rankings

Heroes of the East (1978)
★ ★ ★ – Okay
It’s so nice to see these Shaw Bros. films in a good-looking print with the correct aspect ratio. This film has one if the clearest explanations of the differences between Chinese and Japanese martial arts, starting with an arranged marriage between a Chinese husband and a Japanese wife. Their sparring matches are cute, but it eventually leads to a battle against the wife’s trainers, each with their own special style. That’s it for plot and the endless fights grow tiresome even though the styles keep changing, but it’s a cheerful experience.


Dirty Ho (1979)
★ ★ ½
Kind of like a musical where you sit through the thin story to get to the great musical numbers. What carries the film is the charisma of the two leads, but I wish there was more character, more story, more that I cared about. This shows my bias towards musicals and away from martial arts since they’re both working the same way, right down to the wide full-body frames and minimal edits, and the choreography here is something to be admired, from the Gap Commercial opening to the finale where the pair fight off the bad guys like they’re mentally connected.


Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
★ ★ ★ – Good
Not a sequel but a comic reworking of the original 36th Chamber. Plot is paper thin, yet it weighs down the first half a surprising amount. Maybe that's because this has less fighting than other Shaw Bros. films. That's more than made up for by Gordon Liu's charisma and an extended finale that's a series of fight scenes stacked next to each other, (including a new technique called "scaffolding kung fu" that involves poles and twine that works like a zip tie.) Even better is a fight where all the bad guys pack a small bench. Was looking for a clip online because it's one of the best comedic kung fu fights I've ever seen.
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