Jimmy Lau Kar-yung was born in 1958. His father Ho Po-shing and mother Lau Shui-yee were both actors and instructors in the Hung Ga school of martial arts, and he started practicing martial arts under the tutelage of his mother and his uncle, the famed director and action choreographer Lau Karleung.
He quit school after completing primary school and followed in his uncle’s footsteps into the film industry, working as stuntman and martial arts performer, changing his name to Lau Kar-yung in the process. In 1976 he joined Rediffusion TV as martial arts instructor and stunt double, but returned to film after two years and starred in a series of low-budget features like Kung Fu Means Fists (1978), Strikes and Sword (1978), The Fearless Duo (1978), The Tigress of Shaolin (1979), Crazy Couple (1979), Dragon’s Claws (1979) and The Gold-Hunters (1981). He turned his short stature to his advantage by frequently playing kung-fu novices and young thugs, often combining slapstick humor with genuine martial arts moves in his performances.
After 1983, he turned his focus mainly towards television and appeared in ATV’s Over the Ring (1983) and Drunken Fist (1984) as well as TVB’s The Match Making Game (1987) and The Master of Shaolin (1988).
He wrote, directed and produced the feature films The Black Wall (1990) and New Kids in Town (1990), and produced and directed Lantern (1994). After serving as martial arts coordinator on Drunken Fist II (1994) and Drunken Master III (1994), both directed by Lau Kar-leung, he immigrated to the United States. Lau returned to Hong Kong a few years ago, and acted in Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster (2013). He also appeared in the Hong Kong Television Network production of Kung Fu in 2013. He is currently the permanent president of the Hong Kong Traditional Hung Gar Martial Arts Club.
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