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Gun wang (1978)

Lee Tso Nam, directs the martial arts action film Shaolin Invincible Sticks. Wong Tao appears in the film as the soon-to-be-leader of the Invincible Sticks Clan. The Air Splitting Pole ... See full summary »

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Ji-Lung Chang ... Ku Yung's Servant
Yi Chang
Ching Cheng
Kang Chin ... Tai Li-lei (as Kong Kam)
Kuang-Li Hsia ... (as Kwan-Li Shen)
Hsing Hsieh ... Su
Fong Lung
Ting-Ken Shih
Jen-Ping Su
Chi-Sheng Wang
... Chen Ku-yung
Sung Chao Yu
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Lee Tso Nam, directs the martial arts action film Shaolin Invincible Sticks. Wong Tao appears in the film as the soon-to-be-leader of the Invincible Sticks Clan. The Air Splitting Pole Fighter (Chang Yi), opposes his quest for control of the group. Their epic clashes, comprise the majority of this film.

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How many inches does it take to turn a stick into a pole?
8 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

The movie starts quickly with the white eyebrows gang appearing invincible. Cut to the narrator and demonstration of various "stick" fighting weapons and techniques. Back to the movie and Don Wong is more interested in gambling and having fun rather than learning his family's tradition of "stick" fighting. Chang Yi wants to destroy all the "stick" fighting families. Don can "stick" fight but he is not good enough to inherit the family's most valued POLE so his family disowns him. (He should have known this day was coming but it is a surprise.)

He is now wandering, broke and homeless. He encounters Kam Kong and after a fight they buddy up. Kam's uncle has a school that comes under attack. Don trains hard to regain the family's respect and ties. If there was a reason for this change in character it was lost in the dubbing or it was never there in the first place.

There are more story lines but why bother? The whole point is for Don to come of age and return to his family as a master of the Shaolin pole. The other story lines are just filler material for in between the fights. They are not interesting and they don't augment the action at all.

The fights are fabulous. The pole is my favorite weapon and the choreography here is all top notch. The fights are all the movie really has going for it in my opinion. Still I rate it about average and recommend it for fans of the genre.


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