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Master of the Flying Guillotine (1975)

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100

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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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

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International

Yu Wang

Sep 17, 2002

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For old-fashioned raw energy, it's tough to beat.

May 31, 2002
New York Post
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Once you find the groove of this delectable cheese fest, you'll realize how influential Guillotine has been.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Snags the viewer's attention by lacing its martial-arts high jinks with a compelling weirdness.

May 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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With its nonstop flurry of fighting, ersatz bloodletting and incidental hilarity, this remains [Yu's] signature work.

May 24, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A gem of its genre.

May 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A staple of Kung Fu television.

January 1, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

One of the greatest (and weirdest) Chinese martial arts movies of the 1970s

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World
Lawrence Journal-World

A Chinese martial-arts master defends himself with the wackiest weapon ever, East or West, giving new meaning to the term "head shot."

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Will there be a ridiculously entertaining orgy of punching and kicking and wonderfully bad dubbing? Lord, yes.

August 7, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

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.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It stands as the pinnacle of 1970s martial arts films.

July 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

In the title sequence alone, you feel you may just see one of the greatest kung fu films ever made.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

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.

June 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

One of the preeminent examples of 1970s kung fu pulp.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

It's raw and it's dusty, just as a good martial arts movie should be.

May 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

Despite its cult reputation, this is a silly film with very little to recommend it, even to kung fu zealots.

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
Film Journal International

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.

May 23, 2002
New Times

Sure it's silly, but it's also campy, brainless fun.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

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.
August 4, 2009
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Tsubaki Sanjuro

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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.
August 5, 2008
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

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.
August 13, 2012
Daniel Dolgin

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