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09:35 - 21st October 2013, by David West

Five Of The Best From Lau Kar-Leung

The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin (1978)
This fictionalised account of the life of the warrior monk San Te, played by Lau Kar-Fei, features a huge range of martial arts techniques. The exhausting training sequences were much imitated and the movie's massive success led to two sequels.

My Young Auntie (1980)
Kara Hui earned her first Best Actress prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards for this tremendous performance as a youthful widow. Mixing together martial arts, music and comedy, this set the template for the future of Hong Kong cinema.

Legendary Weapons Of Kung Fu (1982)
Kung fu cinema was just about to go out of fashion when Lau gave the genre one epic last hurrah. The elaborate final duel between Lau and his younger brother Lau Kar-Wing is a visual encyclopaedia of traditional Chinese weapons.

Pedicab Driver (1989)
Lau Kar-Leung only appears in one single scene in the entire movie, but his fight scene with Sammo Hung is an unadulterated joy. It's fast, furious and very funny as the two masters swap techniques and putdowns at lightning speed.

Drunken Monkey (2003)
Lau's last film as director is patchy - the middle section has too much cheesy comedy - but when the fighting starts it kicks into high gear. The duel between Lau Kar-Leung and Lau Kar-Fei puts performers half their age to shame.

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