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17 February 1984 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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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Absolute martial arts classic, one of the best! See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Chia-Hui Liu ... Yang Wu-lang
Sheng Fu ... Yang Liu-lang
Lily Li ... Mrs. Yang
Kara Hui ... Yang Ba-mei (as Ying Hung Wai)
Ching-Ching Yeung ... Yang Jiu-mei
Lung Wei Wang ... Yelu Lin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chan-Peng Chang ... Yang Qi-lang
Wing-Cheung Cheung (as Yung-cheng Chang)
Wing-Hon Cheung
Tiet Wo Chu ... Ying Kuei
Hou Hsiao ... Yang Si-lang
Te Hu Hsiao
Ho Chiu Kei
Phillip Ko ... Abbot
Chi Ming Lau (as Chi Ming Liu)
King Chu Lee ... Master Zhihong
Hao-Ming Liao
Ke Ming Lin ... General Pan Mei (as Ming Ku)
Chia Yung Liu ... Yang Er-lang
Chia-Liang Liu ... Hunter
Chun Liu
Hsueh-Hua Liu
Tsun Liu
Han-Yuan Ma
Te-Lo Mai ... Yang San-lang
Wei-Chang Mai
Yung-sheng Pan
Kang Shih
Shing-kuang Tseng
Ching Ho Wang ... Innkeeper
Yue Wong ... Yang Yi-lang
Chieh Chiang Wu
Yu-Shu Wu ... Student
Hsi-Chun 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
Pa-Ching Huang .... assistant director
Chen Yu Wen .... 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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Also Known As:
"Wu Lang ba gua gun" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Eight Diagram Pole Fighter" - Hong Kong (English title)
"Invincible Pole Fighter" - USA
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98 min
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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:
Continuity: 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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Absolute martial arts classic, one of the best!, 27 January 2015
Author: dworldeater from United States

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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