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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 (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chia Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li, Kara Hui, Ching-Ching Yeung
  • Directors: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Format: 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 (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003G715IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,815 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 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 30, 2007
By morgoth
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
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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars will swing pole for atonement November 24, 2007
By Mantis
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This is a much better than average kung fu film from Shaw Bros. and Lau Kar Leung. After an attack by the Mongols that leaves 4 of his 5 brothers dead, Yang #5 (Gordon Liu) kind of bullies his way into a Buddhist temple to train for revenge. Meanwhile Yang #6 (Alexander Fu Sheng, who died in a car crash during production) returns home with little, if any, of his sanity intact.

When the Yang mother finds out about #5's err, uh... aliveness... and monastic residence, she sends Yang sister #8 (Kara Hui) to bring him home. She is, of course, captured by the Mongols and #5 must set out to rescue her. Luckily he has been studying zoological dentistry and is up to the task.

Part of the joy in watching these films is the sheer beauty of photography, and while this is no exception, it has a few exceptions. I love the use of sets in Shaw Bros. productions, but this movie has a couple that are rather blatant. Walls painted to look like exteriors are usually placed several yards behind the actors and other props to avoid obvious detection. We're talking about .02% of the movie so the complaint is minor. The fights are all with weapons, which is slightly disappointing, but they're all very good. My only other complaint is that whoever dubbed Fu Sheng's voice as he yells a lot of incoherent psychotic ramblings is terribly annoying, but we're talking like another .02% of the flick, so, no biggie.

1984. aka: 8 Diagram Pole Fighter; Invincible Pole Fighter
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 5 days 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 1 month ago by Rochelle Soto
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Long Weapon Film
This is considered one of the best classic martials arts film show casing long weapons.

This movie was also redone in 2013 as "Saving General Yang" which... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Alexander Fu Sheng's last film,another Lau Kar Leung masterpiece
8 Diagram Pole Fighter was released in 1983.It is directed by the late Lau Kar Leung and stars Gordon Liu,Kara Hui,Lily Li,Phillip Ko,Johny Wang,and Alexander Fu Sheng. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jony villa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Being an avid martial arts film fan for so long, I cant believe that I haven't seen this movie until just now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sammy Surfer
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER
Published 3 months ago by ABAYOMI AJAYI
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Gordon Liu movies!
I bought this on an old vhs bootleg about 12 years ago and swore if they ever remastered this movie i would buy it again. I never thought the day would come but it did. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scorpio
5.0 out of 5 stars Diagram Pole Fighter
Fantastic good-old-classic Shaw Brothers movie. Worth every cent I had forked out. Can't get such movies nowadays! I strongly recommend you get this movie too.
Published 7 months ago by A.L.
3.0 out of 5 stars 7 brothers leave and 6 returns...
This Shaw Brothers kung fu revenge yarn stars Gordon Liu as Brother #5, one of seven such deadly brothers in the Yang family known for their fighting prowess with a spear, who are... Read more
Published 8 months ago by THowerton
1.0 out of 5 stars No audio
I received the dvd in a timely fashion but there was no sound. I checked the dvd and there were no files in the audio folder,
I am very disappointed in this purchase and I let... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Henry Austin
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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:
Oct 14, 2010 by Jeremy Peterson |  See all 3 posts
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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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