8 Diagram Pole Fighter [DVD] [1984]

  • SKU: 18550063
  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Rating: NR
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    Synopsis


    The Invincible Pole Fighter
    Hong Kong filmmaker Lau Kar-leung directed this excellent period-action film, one of the most highly acclaimed productions of the Shaw Brothers studio's later years. Its success is rather remarkable considering its troubled production. Young martial arts star Alexander Fu-Sheng -- who plays the sixth son of the Yang family -- died tragically in the middle of production, causing a hasty rewrite which shifted the film's heroics to the fifth son (Gordon Lau). The flow of the story doesn't suffer much, if at all, but it tends to veer from accepted legend as it tells the supposedly true story of a Sung dynasty-era massacre perpetrated on the Yang family by General Pan Mai (Ku Ming) and his Mongol allies which leaves only two of the large family's males alive. The sixth son manages to get home to tell the horrifying tale, but has been driven mad by his experiences (the plot device used to write out Fu Sheng). The fifth son has been aimlessly traveling the countryside, where he has another encounter with General Pan's troops and barely escapes with his life. Hungry for revenge, he decides to wait and become a Buddhist monk at the Ching Ling Temple in the meantime. As might be expected, his burning fury and lust for blood don't sit very well with Buddhist philosophy, and he is quickly asked to leave the temple. Yang number five is not so willing to do so, and promptly shaves his head and insists that he is staying, much to the monks' chagrin. It isn't long before word of her son's survival reaches Lady Yang (Lily Li), who orders her daughter (Kara Hui), the eighth Yang, to disguise herself as a man and bring the fifth Yang home. Yang number eight does as she is told, but is captured by General Pan's troops on her way to the temple, causing Yang number five to leave his hiding place and try to save her. The family's legendary pole-fighting technique is amply demonstrated throughout in superbly choreographed martial arts scenes orchestrated by the director, Ching Chu, and Hsiao Hou. Johnny Wang co-stars with Phillip Ko and Lau Kar-wing. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


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      Lily Li - Lady Yang
    • Kara Hui
      Kara Hui
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      Johnny Wang
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      Philip Ko
    • Lau Kar-wing
      Lau Kar-wing



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      Usually no matter how serious the movie, director and martial arts co-ordinator Liu Chia Liang #Lar kar Leung# would insert some moments of comedy. This film is the exception. Co-star Alexander Fu Sheng died in an off-set accident, and that tragedy seems to suffuse the entire movie with darkness. The pain, anger, and grief on the beautiful face of Kara Hui Ying Hung in one of the last scenes encapsulates the mood throughout the story. It's a great costume Kung Fu drama as a loyal family is targeted by traitors and Mongol invaders. A must-have for anyone's martial arts collection; just don't expect a lot of laughs.

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