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17 February 1984 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A classic of the genre See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Chia-Hui Liu ... 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
Chi-Wei Ho
Yung-Chang Ho
Hou Hsiao ... Yang Sze-lang
Chia-Liang Huang
Ho Chiu Kei
Phillip Ko ... Abbot
Jing-hung Kwok
Wai Lam
Chi Ming Lau (as Chi Ming Liu)
King Chu Lee ... Master Chi-kung
Hsueh-Ming Liao
Ke Ming Lin ... General Pan Mei (as Ming Ku)
Man Hua Lin
Chia Yung Liu ... Yang Erh-lang
Chia-Liang Liu ... Hunter
Chun Liu
Hsueh-Hua Liu
Tsun Liu
Han-Yuan Ma
Te-Lo Mai ... Yang San-lang
Wei-Chang Mai
Jackson Ng
Yung-Sheng Pan
Hsin Shen
Kang Shih
Han-Sheng Su
Siu Tak-Foo (as Te Hu Hsiao)
Tung Ting
Sing-Kwong Tsang
Yuan-ta Tsao
Shing-kuang Tseng
Ching Ho Wang ... Innkeeper
Chi-Keung Wong
Wai-Fai Wong
Wai-Fong Wong
Yue Wong ... Yang Yi-lang
Chieh Chiang Wu
Yu-Shu Wu ... Student
Hsi-Chun Yang
Hua Yang
Leng-Kuang Yin
Tak Yuen ... Yang loyalist with Golden Blade

Directed by
Chia-Liang Liu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chia-Liang Liu 
Kuang Ni 

Produced by
Mona Fong .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chin Yung Shing  (as Stephen Shing)
Chen-Hou Su 
 
Cinematography by
An-Sung Tsao 
 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Yen Hai Li 
 
Art Direction by
Ching-Shen Chen 
Kuang-Hsien Teng 
 
Costume Design by
Chi-Yu Liu 
 
Makeup Department
Ji-Cheng Liu .... makeup artist
Min-Hua Pan .... makeup artist
Yen-Lien Peng .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Li Hua Chen .... unit production manager
Ka Hee Wong .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yu-Wen Chen .... assistant director
Pa-Ching Huang .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kuo-Wei Huang .... props
Yu Lai .... props
 
Sound Department
Ping Kuang Hsu .... sound recordist
Lan Li .... dubbing editor: mandarin
Yi-Chi Li .... sound effects editor
Yu Ting .... dubbing editor: cantonese
 
Stunts
Hou Hsiao .... stunt coordinator
King Chu Lee .... stunt coordinator
Chia-Liang Liu .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hsiu Ou .... lighting technician
Ting Bang Yuan .... lighting technician
 
Other crew
Li-Shan Chen .... script supervisor
Han Chung Huang .... production assistant
Tai-Heng Li .... planner
Run Run Shaw .... presenter
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wu Lang ba gua gun" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Eight Diagram Pole Fighter" - Hong Kong (English title)
"Invincible Pole Fighter" - USA (dubbed version)
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98 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:18 (cut)
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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:
Anachronisms: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A classic of the genre, 11 November 2006
Author: wanderingstar from Toronto

Since getting into the genre a few years ago I have seen many kung fu films of this era, and I have to say this is one of my favourites. I was lucky enough to find a wide screen, undubbed version.

This is a classic Shaw Bros. style film by famed director Lau Kar-Leung and starring Gordon Liu ("6th Brother"), whom Tarantino paid homage to by giving two roles in Kill Bill I & II.

The father of the Yang family and his seven sons go to battle to fight the Mongols who are threatening the Sung Dynasty. They are betrayed by a rival family and only two brothers, 6th (Liu) and 5th, survive. "6th" takes refuge at a General-turned-hunter's rural hideout (the General is a cameo by director Kar-Leung), before fleeing to a monastery where his brash personality conflicts with the monks there. At the monastery, he must improve his skills before seeking vengeance on those responsible for his family's betrayal.

The first fight scene (the battle) is a little cheesy with an obvious screened backdrop, a setting that doesn't really fit with the rest of the film. If the film was more ambitious this could have been a more impressive outdoor battle. But this is the film's only real drawback. The fights start out great and only get better. Highlights include 8th Sister's really breathtaking swordplay, and 6th Brother's duel with the Abbott which is both acrobatic and beautiful. This fight ends poetically, as during the fight both men had enscribed a yin-yang symbol on the floor of the monastery, symbolic of these two men's conflicting personalities: peaceful monk and warrior General.

The final scene is an all-out bloody melee which is really impressive, especially when 6th Brother takes on the horde with 8th Sister strapped to his back. Some of it is overacted (extreme reactions from bad guys as teeth are knocked out!) but used as a source of campy amusement, it only adds to the whole spectacle.

The plot is strong and very Shakespearean in scope (family loyal to the ruler is betrayed, family members must communicate in secret to avoid discovery while revenge is planned). The idea of the poles which use a twisty grappling-end to counter the Yang family's poles is unique. I love the fact that (like in many other films of the genre), the women's kung fu skills are as strong as the men's. This 20 years before the whole "girl power" thing in Western movies, music & TV.

If you're a fan of kung fu, see this film if you get a chance!

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