8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

8 Diagram Pole Fighter


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Anime & Manga, Art House & International
Directed By: , ,
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001

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Critic Reviews for 8 Diagram Pole Fighter

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This late release from the Shaw Brothers Studio in Hong Kong is one of its very best, thanks to the kinetic direction of Lau Kar-leung.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for 8 Diagram Pole Fighter

Where to begin? Incredible fight scenes, incredible cast, sadly the last film from Alexander Fu Sheng. That last fight scene is the greatest thing since the invention of porn.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Also called Eight Diagram Pole fighter.
I could go on and on, but to put it simply this delivers on all counts of a great Martial Arts film, especially a Shaw Brothers on.
You have beautiful direction by Lau Kar Leung (Liu Chia-Liang). Great sets. Interesting characters and story. Concentration on weapons and their pay-offs are handled so well. The Subtext. Gordon Liu... Um oh how about action. This sucker delivers some of the most amazing stunts and action scene even commited to celluloid.
It's worth the search you'll have to do to find it.

Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer


One of the better Shaw Brothers Kung Fu Movies.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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