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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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A classic of the genre See more (20 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
King Chu Lee ... Master Zhihong
Hao-ming Liao
Ke Ming Lin ... General Pan Mei (as Ming Ku)
Chi Ming Liu
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
Gong 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
Man-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 Bong Yuen .... 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)
"Invincible Pole Fighter" - USA
"The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter" - USA (DVD title)
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98 min
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Trivia:
This film is loosely based on actual historical figures of China; the Yang family, who defended the Northern borders of the Song Dynasty for generations. The movie's story was initially meant to follow the many tales that centered around one historical figure in particular, Yang Yanzhao. (The 6th son of Yang Ye.) According to history, Yang Ye and his 7 sons were betrayed by General Pan Mei and that he committed suicide in order to provide an escape for his remaining living sons. (The 5th, the 6th and the 7th) The film differs from the legend, in that number 7 dies and number 6 goes mad. The film accurately depicts the fate of the 5th son, as he does desert the army and become a monk on Wu Tai Mountain. In the legend, the 6th son was depicted as the hero and fought in the last stand against Pan Mei and the Liao troops. Such was to be depicted in the film, but a re-write was necessitated with the untimely death of actor Fu Sheng, who portrayed the 6th son. Legend tells that the 6th son himself went to the Wu Tai temple to convince his older brother to join the fight, only to be refused as the 5th son would not break his vows to Buddha. Only after a messenger arrived with news of his younger sister's capture, did the 5th son choose to join his brother in the fight. The script was altered so that the only visit the 5th son received, was from a messenger that arrived with news of his sister. This motivates the 5th Yang to return to the fight, giving him the hero spotlight that was meant for 6th brother, Yang Yanzhao. In legend, after Pan Mei's defeat, Yang Yanzhao went on to become a warrior of as fierce renown as his father. Eventually promoted to the rank of General, he continued fighting for the Dynasty until his death at age 57.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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)See more »

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10 out of 13 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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