The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (五郎八卦棍)

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Film:

The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (五郎八卦棍)

Showtimes:

Friday Nov 02 07:30 PM

Location:

Doris Duke Theatre

Price:

Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00


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About the Film:

Part of 邵氏兄弟 Shaw Brothers Retrospective

Directed by Lau Kar-leung. 1983. Hong Kong. 98 min. Cantonese with English subtitles.

What started as masterful kung fu filmmaker Liu Chia-liang's homage to the heroic Song Dynasty Yang family became an angry, even savage, rumination on heroic sacrifice when international idol Alexander Fu Sheng died in a car accident midway through production. Fu's death was not only tragic because he was such a close friend, but because the role he was playing was one of only two survivors of an ignominious betrayal by a jealous General. Knowing that he had to immortalize Fu's final, unfinished performance, Liu carried on, having co-star Hui Ying-hung step into the action. The finished film is unique in the director's extraordinary filmography for the intensity and power of its emotions and kung fu. There are heartbreaking references to the tragedy throughout, but the climax is truly unforgettable as the other family survivor, now a Shaolin-trained warrior, faces his betrayers amid a pyramid of coffins.

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