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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.
Justice League Dark is a film that isn't perfect, but its very entertaining. I feel like it shoehorns in the Justice League without needing to, and they aren't fully utilized to the fullest extent if they are going to be there. Also the movie is very slow for 75% of the movie, using a lot of flashbacks and exposition, until the action packed finale. Its a nice foray into the magical world of DC, and its a very enjoyable offering.
Goofy comedy finds a grown up woman pretending to be a 12 year old girl to get half fare. While being chased by suspecting train employees, she tags along with an older soldier and gets mixed up into all sorts of silly antics. Its the two leading stars that carry the entire movie, with some good moments here and there for a very light comedy.
Its moody and atmospheric, but also very static. I couldn't get into this film, it felt a bit slow. I don't consider it a good film.
Alan Ladd's first real shining role is a good one. He is the steel eyed cold blooded killer for hire Phillip Raven, and Veronica Lake would play a damsel or sorts who softens him, if only a little. Following an intriguing plot full of betrayal, espionage, and some memorable characters, this noir film shines.