The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter is a 1983 Hong Kong film by Shaw Brothers, directed by Lau Kar-leung and starring Gordon Liu and Alexander Fu. It is 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 and does not appear in the final showdown as originally written in the script.
The film is based on the Generals of the Yang Family (Yeung family in Cantonese) legends.
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 7 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 traumatized by the events. 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 martial arts 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.
"Taai-gwan", Yeung Yip's wife
"Daai-long", Yeung Yip's 1st son
"Yi-long", Yeung Yip's 2nd son
"Saam-long", Yeung Yip's 3rd son
"Sei-long", Yeung Yip's 4th son
"Ng-long", Yeung Yip's 5th son
"Luk-long", Yeung Yip's 6th son
"Chat-long", Yeung Yip's 7th son
"Baat-mui", Yeung Yip's daughter and 8th child
"Gau-mui", Yeung Yip's daughter and 9th child
Song Dynasty general
Liao Dynasty prince
Liao Dynasty general
abbot of the Ching-leung Monastery
senior monk at the Ching-leung Monastery
Awards and nominations:
1985 - 4th Hong Kong Film Awards
Nominated - Lau Kar-leung, Best Action Choreography
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