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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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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

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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Invincible!
16 March 2000 | by bwallworkSee all my reviews

Invincible Pole Fighter

What can I say. This film is brilliant. I first hired it as a joke for a friend. We were looking for the worst possible film with the cheesiest title. Well, the joke was on me. I have since fallen in love with the movie and have seen it dozens of times. The martial arts are staggering in their complexity and showmanship. The plot is intriguing and moves at breakneck pace. The fights are many and varied, with all kinds of eye-popping acrobatics and stunts.

The madness of 6th Brother is one of the non-action highlights of this movie. His acting is way over the top, and the English dubbing is appalling. The poor lad has had his mind broken by treachery and despair, and peppers the film with a frenzy of random screaming outbursts. Classic.

There are many reasons to hire this film. Humour, tragedy, and of course, mind blowing Pole Fighting.

See also `Deadly Weapons of Kung Fu'.


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