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8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

Chia Hui Liu , Sheng Fu , Chia-Liang Liu  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chia Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li, Kara Hui, Ching-Ching Yeung
  • Directors: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003G715IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "8 Diagram Pole Fighter" on IMDb

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A heroic family is double crossed and massacred on the battle field and only two of the brothers (Gordon Liu- Yang #5 and Alexander Fu Sheng) survive the slaughter. A survivor (Gordon Liu- 36th Chamber of Shaolin) escapes to a Shaolin temple where his bloodlust and thirst for vengeance puts him at odds with the monks. When he discovers his sister is captured by the same villains who destroyed his family he leaves the monastery in an attempt to rescue her and avenge what has come upon his family.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 30, 2007
By morgoth
Format:DVD
This is a unique movie. It starts off with a very serious Lily Li getting a message in her thoughts that only 6 out of her 7 sons will return from a battle with some Mongolians. Instead, only brother #6 returns (Alexander Fu Sheng). He comes back insane after seeing all of his brothers die. It was a bit disturbing for me as well. Hsiao Ho, Lau Kar Wing, Wong Yue and 2 other Yang brothers all bite the dust before the movie ever really starts. Luckily, Yang #5 (Gordon Liu) makes it out alive and goes to study at Shaolin Temple. That is all I will tell about the story, you just have to experience it for yourself. A true Shaw Brothers classic. The use of sets only may turn some people off, but they are beautiful sets and any Shaws fan will not have a problem with this. Also, if you love hand to hand, there is a slight chance you will not like this wonderful movie. It is all pole fighting, no hand to hand. Only get this if you want to see some of the best stick work ever. Even Lily Li gets about 2 minutes to show off. And just like a lot of Lau kar Leung's other films, this is a true Shaolin movie, and the Shaolin pole techniques are on full display. Their skills in pole fighting are a big reason why the Emperor favored them and why Shaolin became what it is today.

If you are a fan of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, you may like this movie even more. Not as many training scenes, but some awesome Gordon Liu action.

You need good villains in kung fu movies and luckily Johnny Wang Lung Wei is in this. The other 2 main baddies are acceptable. Philip Kao Fei also stars in a very memorable role as the head abbot.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Shaw Bros. Movie March 2, 2002
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What can I say? I'm a fool thinking that I was a true fan of the old school Venom/Shaw Bros. movies without ever even seeing The Invincible Pole Fighters, until today. The Invincible Pole Fighters is hands down the definitive Shaw Bros. Kung Fu Flick. I thought the Master Killer was Gordon Liu's best movie, until today. This movie has awesome action, a cool plot, the late Fu Sheng, Gordon Liu, and a cameo by the Kung Fu King himself Liu Chia Liang(director)! Kudos to Venom Mob Films for bring this rare flick out to the public and for noting on the packaging that it's a video transfer. Ground-Zero films should take lessons from the Venom Mob. Hey any chance of this flick being released remastered and uncut?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!! April 23, 2003
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Eight Diagram Pole Fighter is definitely one of the best of all-time. Its in my top 5. The pole fighting in this movie is spectacular. My favorite scene is when Gordon Liu fights the shaolin monk to complete his training. The choreography is amazing. $$$ well spend. You must buy this movie. It is Gordon Liu at his best.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars invincible (edited) pole fighter November 26, 2001
By matt
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WHY, WHY, WHY?!? Why must they edit what is quite possibly THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME, period. I don't understand. They'll let us see a guy get half his face sliced off, but cut a very powerful scene in which the elder Yang commits suicide(by doing a 3-story-high, double flip into a flying, brain-exploding headbut on top of what I guess to be the Yang family monument, double-flips back down to the ground and dies on his feet) rather than surrender to the mongols! Despite the foul editing, this movie is so tight that it is virtually unruinable and still worthy of 5+ stars and the 12 or 13 bucks it costs.
Believe me, from the clever beginning [7 leave, 6 return(s)] to the wicked, bloody end, and excellent, intense, martial arts action from ear to ear, this flick surpasses even the Five Deadly Venoms and Master Killer.
starring Gordon "master killer" Liu, Fu Sheng, Wong Lung Wei
directed by Liu Chia Liang.
Definitely deserves your attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tragic and dark and one of Liu Chia Liang's best November 1, 2010
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Geez, the way these martial arts films would have it, it's hell each time on whoever tries to get accepted into the Shaolin temple. But let's back up a bit. EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER (or INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER) - a tale of martial arts and betrayal and the exacting of bloody vengeance - is an old school must-see if you're a fan of the wuxia pian genre. It showcases the talents of luminaries such as Gordon Liu, Kara Hui, Alexander Fu Sheng, and iconic director Liu Chia Liang (who, as per norm, nabs a juicy cameo for himself). Note that Liu Chia Liang's trademark silly humor is absent on this screen, the dark, brooding tone being that prevalent.

The plot? When the seven spear-wielding Yang brothers and their father march onto The Battle of Jinsha, they fall victim to a calculated ambush by the jealous General Pan Mei. The Yangs are slaughtered but for the fifth and sixth brothers, except that the sixth brother is promptly rendered brain-addled by what he'd endured. Which leaves the 5th brother, seething in his need for vengeance, and this p!ssed off fifth brother is played by the awesome Gordon Liu.

Back home, what remains of the now disgraced Yang family - basically, the womenfolk and the demented 6th brother (yep, crazy had come to the Yang household) - is planning to testify against General Pan Mei in front of the Emperor, but not if Pan Mei has anything to say about it.

Meanwhile, Fifth Brother makes his way to an isolated Shaolin temple, a place in which he thinks he can bide his time and be patient and revenge is a dish best served cold and whatnot. He informs the monks that he also wants to become a monk, but no one buys his fake sincerity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed this move, awesome action
Published 1 month ago by AWM
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gordon Liu is one of the greatest, a great addition to my collection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Katina Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars good buy
good movie.
Published 1 month ago by Curtis James Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good one
Great movie, very good martial artists.
Published 2 months ago by santz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
I Loved This Movie. A must see for Gordon Liu Fans. He is So Awesome.
I Always Recommend Gordon Liu for those just getting started in Kung Fu. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brad Bassett
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu Classic
I LOVED this movie as a kid!!! The storyline was deep and touching. Gordon Liu is the MAAAD NOTES, SNOOGANS!!!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Adisa Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, totally awesome!!!!
tell the movies goersthis is a classic and should be kept as such. realizing this movie stands out as one of the greatest
Published 3 months ago by steve williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shaw Brothers Cinema
8 Diagram Pole Fighter is a favorite among many kung-fu film fans and it isn't very difficult to see why. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Julian Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 Diagram
Its a must for any collection. Sometimes the movies based on weapons can be underwhelming but this one does not disappoint. The final fight scene is just great.
Published 4 months ago by Shannon Smoot
5.0 out of 5 stars I love karate movies
I love Karate Movies. Its what I grew up on. Thats what i do on the weekends. Nothing like it. Building my collection.
Published 5 months ago by Rochelle Soto
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Oct 12, 2012 by Green Meanie |  See all 2 posts
Does anyone know if this movie is dubbed in English? "8 Diagram Pole...
Haven't picked it up yet myself, so I can't confirm. Dragon Dynasty doesn't list the dub as a feature on their website, but over here, it is indeed listed as a bonus: http://www.hkflix.com/xq/asp/filmID.552762/qx/details.htm
Oct 14, 2010 by Jeremy Peterson |  See all 3 posts
Delayed to October 12th
Hey since you had wrote something about this movie maybe you might know this. Have a friend that's trying to find out if this movie is dubbed in English? Would you happen to know that? Thanks.. :)
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