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Also Known As
Date of Birth:
- Leader of the Snake Flower Triad's Japanese branch (formerly)
- Arms dealer
- James Horan (Yakuza)
- Johnny Yong Bosch (Yakuza: Like a Dragon)
- This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lau/Chau.
Lau Ka Long (劉家龍, Liú Jiālóng/ラウ・カーロン, Rau Kāron), also known as Chau Ka Long (周家龍, Zhōu Jiālóng/チャウ・カーロン, Chau Kāron), is a recurring antagonist in the Yakuza series first introduced in the original Yakuza. He is the former head of the Japanese branch of the Snake Flower Triad. In Yakuza: Like a Dragon, he becomes an underground arms dealer that can later be called upon as a Poundmate.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Background
- 3 Involvement
- 4 Fighting Style
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Gallery
Profile[edit | edit source]
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Prior to 2019, Lau wears a tailor-made suit with ornate details over a purple mandarin collar shirt, white suit pants and matching white dress shoes. His weapon of choice is an ornate spear. He has long hair which is done into a ponytail and has a large scar on his face. By 2019, his hair is let down and he wears black jeans and a black leather jacket over a grey shirt. He also sports some shades.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Since becoming an arms dealer providing illegal weapons under the name Chau Ka Long, Lau always puts his clients to the test to see if they can be trusted. After Kasuga proves himself and becomes confident, he becomes willing to help him in battle, not wishing to lose a valuable customer.
Background[edit | edit source]
Lau established the Snake Flower Triad's presence in Japan by taking over Yokohama's underworld during the 1980s due to its large Chinese population. As well as extorting local businesses for protection money, the gang also specialized in forging passports and travel documents for illegal immigrants. Lau established the Triad's headquarters in a large Chinese restaurant in the city.
In 1993, Kazuma Kiryu fell foul of the Snake Flower Triad after Lau found out that his Kazama Family were trying to muscle in on his passport forgery business. This resulted in him being tortured by the triad, until his patriarch Shintaro Kazama rescued him.
Involvement[edit | edit source]
Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami: 1995-2005[edit | edit source]
In 2005, Kiryu once again goes over to the Snake Flower headquarters after finding out that they had kidnapped Haruka Sawamura. Kiryu defeats Lau, but is swiftly arrested by Junichi Sudo, who arrives with a cohort of police officers.
Yakuza 3: 2007-2009[edit | edit source]
In the years leading up to 2009, the Snake Flower Triad form an association with Goh Hamazaki's Hamazaki Family to control Yokohama. In return, Hamazaki offers the Triad control of the proposed Okinawa resort.
Later, the Snake Flower Triad kidnaps Rikiya Shimabukuro. Coming to Rikiya's rescue, Kiryu once again confronts Lau, who says the primary reason he teamed up with Hamazaki was to exact his revenge on Kiryu for humiliating him four years earlier. After Kiryu defeats Lau, his officers are about to execute Rikiya when they are both shot dead by the man Kiryu recognizes as the man who looks like Shintaro Kazama. The man then shoots Lau in the head before running off. The supposed death of Lau spells the end of the Snake Flower Triad's operations in Japan until 2016.
Yakuza 6: 2016[edit | edit source]
Lau is mentioned during a substory through a member of the Snake Flower Triad terrorizing Kamurocho with a small bomb attack.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon: 2019[edit | edit source]
Lau is revealed to have survived and has since been working as an underground weapons dealer in Ijincho under the name Chau Ka Long. Lau can only appear once the gambling hall is unlocked. Once it is, Iroha Yanagi will let Ichiban Kasuga know of the underground dealer and the password required to reach him. Kasuga gets to Zhou Long Distribution and is ambushed after providing the password. Lau then appears and asks to meet Kasuga near Kinka Bridge, having passed his test. When they meet again, Lau asks Kasuga if he was part of a yakuza family, to which the latter replies that he was part of the Arakawa Family of the Tojo Clan before. Lau muses about how Shintaro Kazama and Kazuma Kiryu were also in the Tojo Clan, and when asked if they were friends, Lau replies that he'd rather not be seen by the Tojo again. By this, it could be speculated he didn't know about the Tojo clan disolving. After explaining the reasoning for his subordinates fighting him, Lau offers his services to Kasuga, under the condition that he never mentions this to anyone. Once Kasuga builds his confidence up, Lau decides to assist him in battle as a Poundmate, as losing him would be bad for business.
Lau is also directly referenced during a Drink Links conversation between Kasuga and Tianyou Zhao as the former leader of the Japanese Snake Flower Triad, of which the Yokohama Liumang that Zhao led is a splinter group. According to Zhao, the Snake Flower once controlled Ijincho's Chinatown district, but that control was weakened heavily after Lau's supposed death.
Fighting Style[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Lau makes an appearance as a Super Rare attack soldier card in Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin!'s Battle Dungeon minigame under the name Lau Gau Long.
- The password required to reach Lau in Yakuza: Like a Dragon is "Lau Chau Chau Ya" (らうちゃうちゃうや, lit. "It ain't Lau, it's Chau.").