Lau Chan




Lau Chan is a leading Chinese chef and is also a master of the legendary martial art Koen-ken (Or Tiger Swallow Fist.) A quiet man, he nevertheless has the air of resourcefulness and skill seen only in those skilled in the art of Tiger Swallow Fist. His cold appearance belies a gentle nature. He achieved one of his life's ambitions when he was awarded the Grand Prix at the world's most renowned competition for Chinese chefs. As a perfectionist by nature, he enters the World Fighting Tournament to achieve mastery in another craft - at the cost of abandoning his daughter, Pai.

Lau is from Northern China, Shandong Province. He was the strongest fighter and winner of the First World Tournament (Virtua Fighter). This made him happy as his martial arts school was looking for a successor and the requirement was for him to win the Tournament. After the First Tournament, he retreated to the mountains to train and develop new techniques to improve his ultimate art.

Lau's design is loosely based on Tao Pai Pai from Dragon Ball, who was based on Hwang Jang Lee from the Jackie Chan film Snake in the Eagle's Shadow.
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Virtua Fighter


Virtua Fighter Remix, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter Kids, Virtua Fighter 3, Virtua Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution, Virtua Fighter 5, Virtua Fighter 5 R, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, VF5: Ultimate Showdown, Fighters Megamix

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Page Updated:  Mar. 2nd, 2024

Lau is a  no-nonsense, elderly martial arts master. Indeed, he was one of the first of his kind in the 3D fighting game realm. His traditional Chinese warrior / Kung-Fu martial arts attire was simple and to the point, making him an effective character design in the early Virtua Fighter series.

After all these years, Lau still has a cool aura about him. Not a whole lot has changed about his design since his debut... but I have to say it was pretty epic to see his hair finally turn "gray" in VF5. It's cool to see fighting game characters you grew up with actually age a bit.

Lau's fighting style had some significant evolutions  from sequel to sequel. In my opinion, he lacks "flash" that other 3D fighting game characters have, but he's got several attacks and throws that define him. On that note, Lau has a few "weirdly animated" attacks in his moveset that don't really fit in with the fluidity of VF (including some throws that make absolutely no sense)... but otherwise, Lau is a cool martial arts master and a staple of VF.

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