Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
"Just watch the damn thing even if you're only a casual fan of the genre, and be thankful that Celestial, while not possessing a flawless track record, have done this movie good".
Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1983)
AKA: Invincible Pole Fighter, Magnificent Pole Fighters
Director: Liu Chia-Liang (Lau Ka-Leung)
Producer: Run Run Shaw
Writer: Liu Chia-Liang (Lau Ka-Leung)
Action Director: Liu Chia-Liang (Lau Ka-Leung)
Cast: Gordon Liu (Chia Hui), Alexander Fu Sheng, Liu Chia Liang, Wang Yu, Mai Te Lo, Liu Chia Yang, Hsiao Ho, Chu Tieh Hu, Kara Hui Ying-Hung, Lily Li Li-Li, Johnny Wang (Lung Wei), Jue Tit Woh, Phillip Ko Fei, Yeung Jing Jing, Yuen Tak, Yang Tsing Tsing.
Running Time: 99 min.
Plot: A family is double crossed in a battle which results in the death of all but 2 sons. After returning home to his mother and sister the one son is left insane from the ordeal. The other son enters a monastery and is put at odds with the monks because of his bitterness. His sister goes out to try and find him and is captured by the villains and her brother leaves the monastery to save her.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
NUMSKULL'S REVIEW: Classic shit from Lau Kar Leung and the Shaw brothers, worthy of note beyond the fact that Alexander Fu Sheng died during filming. The straightforward story about two of seven warrior brothers surviving an ambush and coping in very different ways (one invites himself into a Shaolin temple for additional martial arts training, the other goes nuts and attacks anything that moves) delivers unto us some very fine kung fu cinema. The final battle, about eight minutes in length, is one of the most praiseworthy fight scenes you're likely to see on film; it's fast, vicious, and bloody, and man oh man is that pole-in-the-mouth shit nasty.
Yeah, this is a short review, but there's little else that needs to be said. Just watch the damn thing even if you're only a casual fan of the genre, and be thankful that Celestial, while not possessing a flawless track record, have done this movie good. (From the English dub, I miss the abbott bursting in on the climactic battle and shouting "KILL!" after an hour's worth of pushing tranquility and pacifism on Gordon Liu's character, but that's it; a more than equitable tradeoff.)
NUMSKULL'S RATING: 8/10