The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)
Reviewed by: SteelwireMantis on 2003-07-24
Summary: Classic Old School Kung Fu Flick
I saw this movie yesterday when I rented it from my local video store as I was in the mood for an old school kung fu flick, what a great choice I had made.

Gordon Liu and Alexander Fu star as 5th and 6th Yang, two remaining brothers who are ambushed by mongoles and have their whole family massacred. 6th Yang returns home to his mother with losing his mind, where as 5th Yang retrieves to the Shaolin Temple as the abbot reluctantly accepts him as a monk. His younger sister 8th Yang gets news of his whereabouts and sets off to return home with her brother. Soon she is held hostage by Mongoles at an inn and 5th Yang is forced to disobey the Temple rules and rescue her.

Truly, I have never been exhilerated by an old school flick the way I have after watching this movie. The dubbing was pretty bad but that didn't spoil it for me. It includes some of the best fight scenes I have ever seen and some very impressive Shaolin-pole fighting was displayed in the finale. This film also has some very good cameo appearances by Wang Yu, Lau Kar Wing and Liu Chia Liang throughout the film. If you're looking for a movie with beautifully shot and choreographed fight scenes, this is the one for you.

Reviewer Score: 10