Master of the Flying Guillotine (1975)
When the Manchu dynasty employs the Master of the Flying Guillotine (Kam Kong) in hopes of quelling the resistance stirring within than Han people (their dynasty had recently been overtaken) the Master accepts, oblivious to the challenges that could impede him. Before long, a fighting tournament is announced, and the participants include the One Armed Boxer, who was responsible for killing two of the Master's disciples. The Master is certain he can down his newfound opponent by means of the Flying Guillotine (which entails hurling through the air at such a velocity that the victim is decapitated on contact), but the One Armed Boxer proves a challenging fighter himself. The film also features Jimmy Wang Yu and Lung Kun Yee. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Master of the Flying Guillotine
For old-fashioned raw energy, it's tough to beat.
Once you find the groove of this delectable cheese fest, you'll realize how influential Guillotine has been.
Snags the viewer's attention by lacing its martial-arts high jinks with a compelling weirdness.
With its nonstop flurry of fighting, ersatz bloodletting and incidental hilarity, this remains [Yu's] signature work.
A staple of Kung Fu television.
One of the greatest (and weirdest) Chinese martial arts movies of the 1970s
A Chinese martial-arts master defends himself with the wackiest weapon ever, East or West, giving new meaning to the term "head shot."
Will there be a ridiculously entertaining orgy of punching and kicking and wonderfully bad dubbing? Lord, yes.
A film that depends more on its imagination than on its special effects, and more on wide, clear action scenes than the choppy, shaky brand, making it entirely unique in this summer's crop of entertainment.
In the title sequence alone, you feel you may just see one of the greatest kung fu films ever made.
Those sufficiently attuned to appreciate its magic and majesty, Jimmy Wang Yu's restored masterpiece may very well be the archival discovery of the decade.
Despite its cult reputation, this is a silly film with very little to recommend it, even to kung fu zealots.
It's refreshing and unusual to see clever strategy trumping ritual honor in a film of this genre, even if one of the tricks seems gratuitously brutal.
Audience Reviews for Master of the Flying Guillotine
Baddest old guy in a kung fu flick ever. Baddest weapon ever created. Indian guy that stretches his arms....i could go on and on.More
I feel like I've just been let it on a secret.
One of the coolest, purest and craziest kung fu films ever made.
The flying Guillotine is one of the most WTF weapons in the genre. Imagine a bladed bee keepers helmet on a chain and it's being wielded by a blind blood thirst monk on a revenge kick.
Well it is a bit to bizarre with someone getting choked out with hair and extending arms but it was still pretty badass. The final fight scene was between an old blind nazi and a one armed boxer, so it's out there. Some great Kung Fu choreography and it's well made. And even though one guys a nazi murderer you really don't know who to root for. My favorite part was the tournament itself though, actually really cool to see everyone's reaction, it was a great set of scenes.More
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