Gordon Liu Hospitalized, Does Not Wish to Be Seen
Famous martial arts star, Gordon Liu (劉家輝), who had acted in numerous Hollywood productions, was recently rumored to have been sent to the hospital. It was also rumored that he had slipped, fell and hit his head and was thus in a grave condition.
Yesterday, Gordon’s eldest daughter refused to divulge further details but asked the reporter to call her father himself to prove that he wasn’t in a serious condition. Whereas Gordon thanked the reporter for his concern but refused to be interviewed for fear that his “big hero” (大俠) image would be tarnished.
Gordon who worked with Uma Thurman in Hollywood box office hit, Kill Bill, was recently injured and hospitalized. Some said that he fell down after getting drunk while others said that he got into a car crash and injured his head. He remained in critical condition and was currently undergoing extensive treatment in the hospital.
Yesterday, reporters waited at the hospital until 4.15 PM in the afternoon. Although it was still 45 minutes before the visiting hours, Gordon Liu’s eldest daughter from a previous marriage, Angie, had already reached the hospital. Leaving after visiting her father, the reporters stepped up to interview Angie but she displayed unwillingness and did not wish to be on camera. Towards the reporters’ inquiries, Angie did not divulge much and only said, “You guys are nice to have the heart (to ask after my father) but I will not respond. Staying in a hospital after getting sick is a normal thing. Why don’t you call my father and let him explain to you himself lahs. Our entire family is very united in doing things.” (Reporter: We heard that your father’s in a serious condition?) “Give him some time lahs.” Angie still didn’t reveal the true reason leading to her father’s hospitalization.
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After which, the reporter sought clarification from TVB’s Production and Resource Director, Virginia Lok (樂易玲). Virginia admitted that Gordon Liu was injured and had been hospitalized, “That was two to three weeks ago. Gordon slipped, fell and hit his head. He was being sent to a special ward for treatment. But he has since woken up and isn’t in serious condition, his hands and legs were also fine.”
However, as a tube was inserted through his throat during the treatment, Gordon’s voice hasn’t recovered. Thus, as a result, Virginia has yet to call Gordon and converse with him directly. TVB initially wanted to send someone down to visit him but Gordon turned down their kind offer of a visit as he didn’t want his “big hero” image to be tarnished.
Other than that, Gordon Liu was initially scheduled to film TVB new drama, Exchanging Happiness <換樂無窮>. Since he was currently injured now, his role in the drama will be portrayed by TVB veteran actor Lau Kong (劉江) instead. The producer of Exchanging Happiness, Lam Chi Wah (林志華) admitted changing actors but refused to disclose the reason. Whereas Gordon Liu’s good friends Cheng Pei Pei (鄭佩佩) and Kara Hui (惠英紅) expressed that they hadn’t heard news of him being injured.
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Gordon Liu is 56 years old this year. His actual name was Xian Qixi (冼錦熙) and was the godson of Lin Shi Rong’s (who was the originator of the Hung Ga Kuen) disciple, Lam Chuen. In his youth, Gordon practiced his martial arts skills with Lam Cheun’s son, Lau Kar Wing. In 1973, he entered the industry by participating in Lau Kar Wing’s self-invested movie, Deus Ex <殺出重圍>, and was Shaw Brothers’ heavily promoted male martial arts star and had worked as a director, producer and martial arts choreographer.
In 1978, Gordon gained international recognition through the film, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin <少林三十六房>. In the year 2003, Gordon accepted an invitation from famed Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino to participate and act in his Hollywood box office hits, Kill Bill Volume 1 and Kill Bill Volume 2.
In 2005, Gordon accepted Cheng Pei Pei’s daughter, Eugenia Yuan (原子鏸) as his main disciple and later accepted thirteen other disciples. Gordon is now currently an artiste with TVB. Last year, because Lau Kar Leung was unhappy that Gordon had said that he was admitted to hospital due to pneumonia and was seriously ill, it was rumored that the both of them couldn’t get along and has since fallen out with each other.
Source: Oriental Daily
This article was translated by Ah K, a Contributing Writer at JayneStars.com.