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The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

Wu Lang ba gua gun (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 17 February 1984 (Hong Kong)
The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

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Chia-Liang Liu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chia-Hui Liu ... Yang Wu-lang
Sheng Fu ... Yang Liu-lang
Lily Li ... Yu Tai-chun
Kara Wai ... 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 Kwok Keung Chan ... (as Kuo-Chiang Chen)
Chan-Peng Chang ... Yang Chi-lang
Lien-Ping Chang Lien-Ping Chang
Ming-Wei Chen Ming-Wei Chen
Wing-Cheung Cheung Wing-Cheung Cheung ... (as Yung-cheng Chang)
Wing-Hon Cheung
Chia Chu Chia Chu
Tiet Wo Chu ... Ying Kuei
Kien Fei Kien Fei
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Storyline

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, only two of the seven sons survive. One remains hidden by the family while the other lives on the run. The traitorous general must find them and silence them before either of them can testify to the Emperor of his treachery. Written by Puma31219

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Action | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Invincible Pole Fighter See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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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

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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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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Don't Mess with Pole Fighters
26 February 2000 | by wayne-williamsSee all my reviews

As in the case of many Shaw Brothers masterpieces, the following lessons can be learned:

a) DON'T be a traitor b) DON'T leave the hero unless one is 100% sure that he's dead c) DON'T MAKE THE HERO (in this case, LUI CHIA HUI) ANGRY - YOU WON'T LIKE HIM WHEN HE'S ANGRY. d) If you love this type of movie, DON'T leave this life without seeing it.


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