The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
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|The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter|
The Hong Kong movie poster.
|Mandarin||Wǔláng Bāguà Gùn|
|Cantonese||Ng5long4 Baat3gwaa3 Gwan3|
|Directed by||Lau Kar-leung|
|Produced by||Mona Fong |
Run Me Shaw
Run Run Shaw
|Written by||Lau Kar-leung |
|Starring||Gordon Liu |
|Music by||Stephen Shing|
|Distributed by||Shaw Brothers Studio|
The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter is a 1984 Hong Kong film by Shaw Brothers, directed by Lau Kar-leung and starring Gordon Liu and Alexander Fu in his final film appearance. It was released as The Invincible Pole Fighters outside of Hong Kong and Invincible Pole Fighter in North America.
Alexander Fu died in a car accident before the filming of The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter was finished. The script was partly re-written after his death and Fu's character does not appear in the final showdown as originally written in the script.
With help from the treacherous Song dynasty general Pun Mei, the Khitan-ruled Liao dynasty army succeeded in trapping the loyal Song general Yeung Yip and his seven sons at Golden Beach. Yeung Yip and his sons were all killed or captured in the ambush, except for the 5th son and the 6th son who managed to escape. The 6th son returned home, but was severely traumatised by the events resulting on tantrums. Meanwhile, the 5th son sought refuge in a monastery in Mount Wutai, but the monastery leaders initially did not consider him calm enough to be a Buddhist monk. As blades were not allowed inside a monastery, he used his training in spears to practice with a pole, eventually developing the unique eight diagram pole fighting technique. When he finally appeared to have put his anger and past behind him, news broke that the Khitans had captured his younger sister, Yeung Baat-mui, who was looking for him. Now he must break Buddhist vows (including not kill and not be bothered by worldly affairs) to save Baat-mui and exact his revenge.
- Note: The characters' names are in Cantonese romanisation.
|Lily Li||Se Choi-fa||"Taai-gwan", Yeung Yip's wife|
|Wong Yue||Yeung Ping||"Daai-long", Yeung Yip's 1st son|
|Lau Kar-wing||Yeung Ding||"Yi-long", Yeung Yip's 2nd son|
|Mak Tak-law||Yeung On||"Saam-long", Yeung Yip's 3rd son|
|Hsiao Ho||Yeung Fai||"Sei-long", Yeung Yip's 4th son|
|Gordon Liu||Yeung Dak||"Ng-long", Yeung Yip's 5th son|
|Alexander Fu||Yeung Chiu||"Luk-long", Yeung Yip's 6th son|
|David Cheung Chin-pang||Yeung Zi||"Chat-long", Yeung Yip's 7th son|
|Kara Hui||Yeung Kei||"Baat-mui", Yeung Yip's daughter and 8th child|
|Yeung Jing-jing||Yeung Ying||"Gau-mui", Yeung Yip's daughter and 9th child|
|Lam Hak-ming||Pun Mei||Song dynasty general|
|Wang Lung-wei||Ye-leut Lin||Liao dynasty prince|
|Chu Tiet-woh||Gun Kwai||Liao dynasty general|
|Ko Fei||abbot of the Ching-leung Monastery|
|Ching Chu||Master Ji-hung||senior monk at the Ching-leung Monastery|
|Yuen Tak||Yang Loyalist with the golden blade|
Actors Alexander Fu Sheng, his younger brother David Cheung Chin-pang and Wong Yue are involved in an automobile accident–in which only claimed Fu Sheng's life–during the shooting of the film. The director subsequently rewrote Fu's parts for Kara Wai's 8th child character.
Awards and nominations
1985 – 4th Hong Kong Film Awards