|Lau Kar Leung almost lost his life for Tsui Hark's SEVEN SWORDS|
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Lau Kar Leung worked on his final film SEVEN SWORDS (CHUT GIM) with director Tsui Hark. Back then Master Lau returned for Tsui Hark and even served as chief action director despite being ill. When he shot on location in Tianshan he caught pneumonia and almost lost his life. Lau Kar Leung's attending physician Mok Shu Kam said that back then Master Lau went to Tianshan without his knowledge. Despite pneumonia he still insisted on performing. When he returned to Hong Kong he was "half dead" and needed a long time to recover.
Yesterday, Tsui Hark wrote an eulogy in memory of his colleague. Actually Master Lau's wish was to make a movie about Hung Kuen, unfortunately he was unable to fulfill it.
Master Lau Kar Leung,
I have always looked forward to the Hung Kuen film that you wanted to make.
We are filmmakers who have followed your film footsteps to now,
your film vision and ideas provided us with far reaching influence and impression.
You are the martial art film as well as the martial world grand master of a generation.
Your passing, to us, is the fall of a superstar.
I remember when we were on location in Turpan, Xinjiang, I witnessed your tearfully lament of life because of the passing of Mr. James Wong Jim and Ms. Lam Bing.
Today, you have left us. To us it is also extremely painful and woeful.
Your brilliance will always shine in our hearts, your plans and everything have turned into memory that we extremely miss.
Master Lau, thank you for giving us warm memory of our growth in the Wong Fei Hung film series.
Thank you for displaying your beautiful abilities on the silver screen and opening our eyes.
Thank you for founding a strong and powerful martial art style for the film industry.
Thank you for using your film to bring us inspirations and excitement over the years.
Master Lau, thank you, thank you.
- Tsui Hark, June 26 2013