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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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Vintage Kung Fu flick with very well staged scenes , colorful ambient and stunningly directed 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 Feng Shu, 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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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Vintage Kung Fu flick with very well staged scenes , colorful ambient and stunningly directed, 1 December 2012
Author: ma-cortes

¨The invincible pole fighters¨ , international title , seems to be one of the best Kung Fu movies , including overwhelming combats and spectacular scenarios . Exciting attacks and groundbreaking fighting perfectly staged , the result is a strong entry for action buffs . This is a Run Run Shaw Brothers vintage film and widely considered to be one of the greatest Kung Fu flicks of all time . Epic imperial and subsequent treason and upheaval during China's Ching dynasty , being marvelous and colorfully directed . The picture starts with Yang family battling a group of Mongols , showing a demonstration of splendid martial arts . Insidious Mongols want to overthrow the dynasty with the help of a traitor . As they ambush the influential Yang Family , defenders of the dynasty . The Mongols must hunt down all Yang survivors so their scheme will not be uncovered . During the cruel Mongol attack , the fifth son (Chia Hui Liu or Gordon Liu) arranges to getaway and he arrives in a temple where devotes himself to learning the martial arts at Bhuddist location in order to seek vengeance . In a short period of time he learns the art of fighting , thanks his expert Bhuddist master . When his learning is completed , he set out in pursuit his enemies .

This classic flick displays lots of violence , action filled , zooms ,thrills and fierce combats. This luxurious Kung Fu film was wonderfully filmed with good production design , glimmer cinematography , impressive combats and breathtaking scenes . This is a colourful , Hong-Kong set , mostly filmed in studio and quite budget movie ; leave no cliché untouched , though the fighting are magnificently staged . The picture is full of tumultuous sequences with frenetic action , surprises , climatic combats and groundbreaking struggles . Amid the glamour and grandeur of the scenarios is developed an intrigue about nasty Mongols or Tartars and a learning period at famous Bhuddist temple , including betrayal , crime and exploring the dark side of vengeance . Overwhelming and rousing fights with deadly use of fists , feet and palms , along with such weapons as swords, sticks , and lances . Highlights of the film are the notorious struggle between the master and his pupil and of course the breathtaking and overlong final fighting . Kung Fu training scenes are a direct reference in ¨Kill Bill¨ by Quentin Tarantino , enhanced by the fact that Gordon Liu stars in both movies . The picture is well starred by Chia Hui Liu or Gordon Liu , he is the adopted brother of the greatest Kung-Fu director , Liu Chia-Liang . He is almost always playing a bald-headed monk of some sort . He started his movie career as a stuntman and got promoted to martial arts instructor afterwards . His debut project was Shaolin Martial Arts in which he played a supporting role . In the Challenge of the master, director Liu Chia-Liang successfully moulded him to be a "Hero of Kung-Fu" and he was in the main cast for the movie , too . The 36th Chamber of Shaolin marked the success of Liu and he followed this role and made several Kung-Fu movies ; amongst those , he always portrayed himself as the "Kung-Fu Monk". He played two roles in the "Kill Bill" films . When Sheng Fu was killed in car crash during filming script was rewritten to make Yang No. 5 the hero.

"8 Diagram Pole Fighter" was compellingly directed by Chia Liang Liu and won the Best Martial Arts Award at Asian Film Festival and was the Top 10 Box Office Hits in Hong Kong . Chia Liang Liu or Lau Kar Leung made stunts and directed several Kung Fu movies as ¨Legend of drunk master¨ , "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" , "8 Diagram Pole Fighter" , ¨Shaolin executioners¨, ¨, ¨Seven swords¨ , ¨Return to Shaolin¨ also with Gordon Liu and ¨Shaolin 3 : Martial arts of Shaolin¨ with Jet Li . Rating : Above average , well worth watching , an unforgettable martial art movie not to be missed. The tale will appeal to art martian fans , essential and indispensable seeing .

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