Lau Chan
Lau Chan in Virtua Fighter 5
Country Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
Fighting Style Tiger Swallow Fist (Koen-ken)
Birthday October 2, 1940
Blood Type B
Height 169cm (VF1)
172cm (VF2-onwards)
Weight 67kg (VF1)
77kg (VF2-onwards)
B/W/H 98cm/89cm/92cm (VF1)
99cm/90cm/93cm (VF2-onwards)
Job Cook
Hobby Chinese Poetry
Rival(s) Lei-Fei
Pai Chan
Debut Virtua Fighter
Voice Actor Unknown (VF1)
Shigeru Chiba (since VF2)
Charles Martinet (Virtua Quest (English))
Thomas Bruning (anime (English))

Lau Chan (ラウ・チェン, Rau Chen) (born October 2, 1940)[1][2] is a leading Chinese chef, a master of the legendary wushu style Tiger Swallow Fist (pronounced as "Koen-ken" in Japanese) and the father of Pai Chan, although the two share a strained relationship. He is from Shandong Province, Northern China.

Currently (and ever since Virtua Fighter 4), Lau has suffered from a rare illness which cannot be cured. This illness does not seem to hamper his Koen-ken techniques or his ability to fight, although he is seen coughing in one of his pre-fight animations and, in Virtua Fighter 5 R, one of his idle animations. Lau was the winner of the first World Fighting Tournament.


Virtua Fighter

A quiet man, he nevertheless has an air of resourcefulness and skill seen only in those skilled in the art of Koen-ken. 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 absolute mastery over the Tiger Swallow Fist style.

Virtua Fighter 2

He was the strongest fighter and winner of the First World Tournament. 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. He is taking part in the Second World Fighting Tournament using advanced Koen-ken techniques.

Virtua Fighter 3

Shortly after losing the 2nd tournament to Akira by only the tiniest of margins, Lau received word that his restaurant was in a dire financial situation. For a while, Lau returned to its kitchen in an attempt to revive his once famous restaurant. When he received an invitation to the 3rd tournament, Lau left the kitchen in the hands of his best apprentice, and began the preparations for his journey. They say a thin smile appeared on his lips...

Virtua Fighter 4

In the last tournament, Lau lost to Kage. Dejected, he went back to push his skills to another level. However, he finds out that he has a rare illness that cannot be cured. He then decides there must be a successor to his Tiger Swallow Fist style. However, he has been unable to find a proper successor worthy of this forbidden lineage. When he hears of the 4th world tournament, he decides to join the tournament, hoping to find a suitable student.

Virtua Fighter 5

A master of the Koen-ken style, Lau found a worthy opponent in the Fourth World Fighting Tournament in Lei-Fei. The young fighter thirsted for all of Lau's knowledge and was obedient to his new master. However, while they were training, Lei-Fei suddenly turned on him and Lau barely survived in his weakened state. About the same time, Lau's only daughter, Pai Chan, also disappeared. Though he had abandoned her long ago, he realized that their bond was still intact, but with death rapidly approaching, he felt he had no choice but to disappear from her life again. He withdrew to what he thought was a secret hideaway when mysteriously he received an invitation to the Fifth World Fighting Tournament.

Virtua Fighter Kids

In Virtua Fighter Kids, Lau is an eight year old chef.

Other Appearances

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Pai's estranged father, Lau wanted her to marry Liu Kowloon so that there would be a successor to the Koenkan. However, right after he left Koenkan, Liu Kowloon immediately abused of his power, giving troubles to Akira and his friends, along with other innocent people, also he wanted to kill his master. When Lau Chan realizes it, with the help of his master, Shun Di he interrupts the fake marriage between Pai (who has been forced, after being hypnotized by Eva Durix) and Liu Kowloon, as he wants to punish him for abusing of the Koenkan. He later helps Pai, Akira and the others to defeat Eva's Dural robot. Lau was voiced by Shigeru Chiba in Japanese and by Thomas Bruning in English.

Character Relationships


  • Lau won the first World Fighting Tournament.
  • Currently (and ever since Virtua Fighter 4), Lau has suffered from a rare illness which cannot be cured. This illness does not seem to hamper his Koen-ken techniques or his ability to fight although he is seen coughing in one of his pre-fight animations.
  • Lau is the only character in the Virtua Fighter series to have noticeably aged. Whether this is a symptom of his illness or just natural aging is unknown.
  • Although he is from China and his native language is Chinese, due to the game's Japanese origin, he speaks Japanese and is voiced by Shigeru Chiba.
  • Lau's new-founded rivalry with Lei-Fei and revived relationship with his daughter Pai is briefly shown in the Version B Intro of Virtua Fighter 5.
  • Lau's defeats in the Second and Third World Tournaments were both to the eventual winners of the respective tournaments, Akira and Kage. Lau, Akira and Kage make up the winners of the tournaments so far.
  • An early bio of Lau was discovered in November of 2016 in the first Virtua Fighter game. According to the bio, Lau's first name was going to be Tao and his blood type was O instead of B.[3]



  • 虎燕拳の真髄!見るがよい!(Koenken-no shinzui! Miruga-yoi!) — Bear witness to the essence of Koen-ken!
  • 料理してくれるわ!(Ryōri shitekureru-wa!) — I'll cook you up something special!
  • 行くぞ!ゴフッッ…うんんんッ。(Iku-zo! (gofu…) unnn.) — I'm ready! (cough)… Ugh.
  • 行くぞ!(Iku-zo!) — I'm ready! (VF5FS)

During Battle

  • 覚悟!(Kakugo!) — Brace yourself!


  • おぬしとは覚悟が違うわ!(Onushi-to-wa kakugo-ga chigau-wa.) — You are nowhere near ready to face the master.
  • 我が権威…迷いなし!(Wa-ga-ken-ni… mayoi nashi!) — In these fists… there is no doubt!
  • 虎燕拳の前に敵はない!(Koenken-no mae-ni teki-wa-nai!) — No one can withstand the power of Koen-ken!
  • 未熟者めが!(Mijukumono-me-ga!) — You're nothing but an amateur!

Item Victory

  • まだ死ぬわけにわい感!(Mada shinu wake-ni-wa ikan!) — I'm not about to die yet! -w/ Willow Leaf Saber
  • わしに勝てるとでも思ったか?(Washi-ni kateru-to demo omotta-ka?) — Did you really think you could defeat me? -w/ Meat Cleavers, Flag
  • 行くぞ!ふん。(Iku-zo! (shouting) Fun.) — Here I come! (shouting) Hmph. -w/ Dragon Gong
  • ふん。(Fun.) — Hmph. -w/ Cutie Pai Doll
  • おぬしとは覚悟が違うわ!(Onushi-to-wa kakugo-ga chigau-wa.) — You are nowhere near my level. -w/ Ball


  • もはやこれまでか?(Mohaya koremade-ka?) — Is this as far as I can go?

Second Chance

  • 行くぞ!(Iku-zo!) — Here I come!


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Virtua Fighter Series
Main Series Virtua Fighter (Remix) • 234 (Evolution, Final Tuned) • 5 (R, Final Showdown)
Related Games Virtua Fighter AnimationVirtua Fighter KidsVirtua Fighter CG Portrait SeriesGG PortraitFighters MegamixVirtua Fighter 10th AnniversaryVirtua Quest
Characters Akira YukiPai ChanLau ChanWolf HawkfieldJeffry McWildKage-MaruSarah BryantJacky BryantDuralSibaShun DiLion RafaleAoi UmenokojiTaka‑ArashiLei‑FeiVanessa LewisBrad BurnsGoh HinogamiEileenEl BlazeJean Kujo
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