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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
Kara Hui ...
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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Invincible Pole Fighter  »

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Trivia

Fu Sheng was originally supposed to be the one to go to Shaolin. Major script re-writes were required that now put Fifth Brother (Gordon Liu) in Fu Sheng's role. See more »

Goofs

The film's story takes place during the Song Dynasty of China which lasted from year 960 to 1279. Yet when the 5th Yang insists on having his head shaved at the Temple, the monks are using a straight razor which was not invented until the 1700s. See more »

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Yang Wu-lang: Sister?
Yang Ba-mei: Yes Brother!
Yang Wu-lang: [Removes Jade pendant from his waist and tosses it toward the 8th Yang] Take this corpse with us; it will be a witness.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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Absolute martial arts classic, one of the best!
27 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the last film Liu Chia Liang(aka Lau Kar Leung) made for Shaw Brothers Studios and in my opinion, it is probably his best. After doing much lighter, comedic fare like My Young Auntie(of which I champion and highly recommend as well), Liu Chia Liang took this project in a darker, more violent and much more serious direction. Gordon Liu stars in this kung fu epic and is in top fighting form and gives an excellent acting performance as the lead. He plays a brother from a royal family who was betrayed and his father and brothers were slaughtered in an ambush. He finds sanctuary in a Shaolin temple and becomes a monk. As usual in a Gordon Liu/Liu Chia Liang production, the storytelling is fluent, the acting is solid and the fights are awesome. The old Shaw sets look great and there is an abundance of fights as well. They are very well choreographed, but also very brutal and bloody. Shaw Brothers is well known for having quality productions, but The 8 Diagram Polefighter is a flawless production where all the elements come together for a perfect martial arts film. Great story ,acting, direction and some of the best and most intense fight scenes ever filmed put The 8 Diagram Polefighter heads and shoulders above most other martial arts films. The 8 Diagram Polefighter is a must for any martial arts fan and this title gets my highest recommendation. On a sad note, it is unfortunate that Alexander Fu Sheng died in a car accident during the making of this film and could have had a bigger part if he was alive and well.(RIP bro)


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