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A Masterpiece of Kung Fu Movie a very extraodinary Movie about a Mad Mandschu Emperor who overrule the Chinese and create a Special Unit who hunt down the Chinese and kill them with Flying Guillotine which is very violent that much Head's get chopped off in this Film one of this Guards are getting desillusioned and don't want to kill People any more and fall in Love with a Chinese Girl but there is no Retreat of this Unit so they hunt him. He flee with his Wife to a Farm and get's a Farmer but they found him so he must kill all of them. A Unorthodox Story, Bounding Style, Bombastic Music and High Skilled Martial Arts and lot of Dark Comedy make this Movie to a Pure Pleasure.
The Flying Guillotine is a badass weapon. This a good entry in the Shaw catalog just don't expect it to be a mother-fucker like Master of the Flying Guillotine. There's just not enough 'special' touches like a kickass villain, a smoking score & a raging climax to put it on that level. If your a fan of the genre though it's quite enjoyable though even if it's a bit long. I guess that it had to be though as it's really a 4 part movie as you get the origin of the weapon, the training, the assassinations & then the man hunt for Mau Tang who has descensioned from the Emperor. Some of it could have been thinned down a bit or maybe saved for the sequel but all in all a good time. Very interested to see what part 2 has to offer
A classic Shaw Brothers movie about an Emperor who recruits a team of assassins to use a new deadly weapon - a flying guillotine that can take a man's head off at a 100 yards!! One man, Ma Teng discovers treachery and greed amongst the team so he escapes only for the Emperor to order the team to take him out. Whilst on the run, Ma starts a new life with his wife and baby son but how long can he hide before somebody finds out where he lives?
One of the most famous Shaw Brothers movie which went on to have a couple of sequels.This isn't your typical kung-fu movie, it's more like a horror with some kung-fu overtones. There's an atmosphere of dread in the storyline as once the flying guillotine is locked in on it's unfortunate victim there's basically no escape. This movie pays more attention to plot, character interaction, and drama than your usual old-school HK movie. The violence level is high, although there isnâ(TM)t that much blood. Tons of people are beheaded, and usually all we see is the corpse flopping around afterwards, legs kicking spasmodically. Itâ(TM)s pure camp fun. The acting is quite good and it's an exciting movie. I definitely loved it.
Easily one of the best flying guillotine movies. A young plays Chen Tai Kuan plays Mau Tang, an imperial soldier who becomes the best with the flying guillotine. When one of his friends is killed by order of the Emperor, he is betrayed by everyone and hunted.
The movie's best moment is when Mau Tang meets a street performer who helps him out. Mau is ambushed by two men, but the street performer sings loudly to cover the fighting. The fall in love and have a child, bringing a nice sense of tension and primal urge to protect his family.
The final battle is really something. Mau Tang defeats two former comrades with a steel umbrella, to combat their flying guillotines. Then he faces the rest in a tense and action packed duel of flying guillotines.
With character development and a better plot, The Flying Guillotine is one of the Shaw Brothers finest films.
This is a goofy damn movie.
Gory 70s martial arts flick, which I suppose you should expect with a title like "The Flying Guillotine." Deadly assassins use the titular weapon to behead those who question the emperor. Our hero then takes on the group of beheaders using lots of martial arts action. It's pretty silly and the weapon is, of course, a completely fictional weapon with no real basis in reality. It's kind looks like a metal hat with a skill saw blade at the bottom that's thrown and pulled back like a yo-yo. It's a silly story, but there's solid martial arts action.
The narrative is a bit weak, but the film is memorable for its ridiculously awesome weapons - the Flying Guillotine and Iron Umbrella.
I thought this was [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/MasteroftheFlyingGuillotine-1056505/"]Master of the Flying Guillotine[/url] and was disappointed to find out it wasn't.
But I wasn't disappointed when I watched [url="http://www.kungfucinema.com/reviews/flyingguillotine.htm"]The Flying Guillotine[/url], which was the first of several "flying guillotine" films made by the Shaw Bros.
This one is a serious, historical epic. Nonetheless, it is quite entertaining and fun to watch.
The emperor wants a couple of activist ministers dispensed with, quickly and quietly, so he tasks one of his court members to come up with a means of disposal.
On seeing some acrobats spinning plates on sticks and various other curiosities, he is inspired to make a most unwieldly looking weapon. A combination Frisbee, Skilsaw and birdcage, the weird contraption is attached to a chain. It can remove a man's head from up to a 100 paces away.
It is tested out on a barking German shepherd dog. The spinning bladed Frisbee is tossed and comes down on the pooch's head, then a mesh bag lowers, blades encircle the neck and the chain is pulled, bringing back the dog's head in a bag. This is strangly hilarious and I want to watch it again and again.
12 men are trained to use this thing. Somehow they master it. The most talented of the lot is rewarded with a woman. But his conscience is heavy. When he realizes he is being trained to be an assassin, he has second thoughts. And after his first assignment, he really wants out. So he runs away and has a price on his head. Ha ha ha ha.
There are more beheadings. Each one is quite entertaining. The head is disattached and a big deal is made of the body flopping around with plenty of that patented Shaw Bros fake blood splashed around. Cool!
Even better is when two flying guillotines crash into each other. They break up.
I can't quite figure out how they retrieve these things. They are a spinning blade, yet the guys are catching them like footballs on the return. Yet they make a point of showing the emperor just how deadly these things are, by demonstrating that the force of the spinning blade makes it a difficult weapon to defend. At one point, a sword is knocked out of a guy's hand. At another, a flying guillotine trashes a house.
The good guy escapes with the help of a beautiful folk singer, who distracts the crowds with her wonderful singing while the guy whups up on some of the emperor's henchmen. The guy and the singer hook up and end up spending the rest of their life on the run.
As unintentionally hilarious as the beheadings are, this is a wonderful movie, with great production values, a rousing score and wonderful performances. I'm probably overating it, but I don't care. I love this stuff. It makes me happy.