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The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

Wu Lang ba gua gun (original title)
The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
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Yang Wu-lang
Sheng Fu ...
Yang Liu-lang
Lily Li ...
Yu Tai-chun
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Yang Ba-mei (as Ying Hung Wai)
Ching-Ching Yeung ...
Yang Jiu-mei
Lung Wei Wang ...
Yeh Lu-lien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwok Keung Chan
Chan-Peng Chang ...
Yang Chi-lang
Lien-Ping Chang
Ming-Wei Chen
Wing-Cheung Cheung ...
(as Yung-cheng Chang)
Wing-Hon Cheung
Chia Chu
Tiet Wo Chu ...
Ying Kuei
Kien Fei
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The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, only two of the seven sons survive. One remains hidden by the family while the other lives on the run. The traitorous general must find them and silence them before either of them can testify to the Emperor of his treachery. Written by Puma31219

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17 February 1984 (Hong Kong)  »

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Invincible Pole Fighter  »

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Trivia

When Sheng Fu was killed in car crash during filming script was rewritten to make Yang No. 5 the hero. See more »

Goofs

In the Jinsha battle scene, just before the Yang patriarch faces the Tartars' army of archers, the golden blade of his staff is (inadvertently) hacked off by one of the Tartar soldiers. In the next shot of Yang, the blade is still attached to his staff. See more »

Quotes

Abbot: Lord Buddha is against killing, under any circumstances.
Yang Wu-lang: [5th Yang approaching the Abbott] Look up at Buddha, and down at home.
Abbot: [Abbott raises his staff to the 5th Yang] Remember your vows... YOU CAN'T BREAK THEM!
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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Even masterpieces have flaws
12 October 2006 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark, EU) – See all my reviews

How should you a approach a movie like The Invincible Pole Fighters? If you wanna look for hairs in the soup, look for all-too-obvious stage setting for the Yang brothers ambush. Then you could look for some very stagy looking death scenes. Or how about the library music it shares with Dawn of the Dead? On the other hand you could look for its virtues: Strong cast, strong story, excellent choreography and fortunately the virtues of this movie far outweighs its flaws. The story is epic, the choreography is nothing short of breath taking. The equals may exist. I just haven't seen them, this is riveting stuff, utterly infectious. Show it to non-martial art movie fans if you wanna see converts, this is martial arts to the performed to the highest standard of perfection. You will want to see this movie again and again. Own it. The best available copy is Celestial's Hong Kong DVD release in original aspect ratio without dubbing. Beware of bad dubbing and choreography-ruining cropping on western VHS releases.


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