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Flying Guillotine (1975)

Cast: Chen Kuan-Tai, Ku Feng, Ku Feng, more...
Director: Ho Meng-hua, Ho Meng-hua
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Studio: Beverly Wilshire
Genre: Action, Foreign, Hong Kong, Adventure, Martial Arts, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: English
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This Shaw Brothers production introduced the world to one of the most memorably bizarre weapons to ever appear in a martial arts film. Flying Guillotine was inspired by a historical account of the Manchu dynasty and revolves around the development of the title weapon, which is created by general Xin Kang (Ku Feng) to appease an emperor who requests a device that will allow him to quietly dispatch his enemies. Ma Teng (Chen Kuan-Tai) is enlisted to become part of an elite squad trained to use the weapon and quickly excels. However, he finds himself on the run when rival student Xu Shuang-kun (Frankie Wai) plots against him. Ma Teng finds happiness for a short while by living in seclusion with street performer Yu Ping (Lau Ng-Kei) but is ultimately forced to square off with the gang of killers he once belonged to. Flying Guillotine was a big hit for Shaw Brothers, inspiring two follow-ups (Flying Guillotine II and The Vengeful Beauty) as well as a slew of imitators like Master of the Flying Guillotine. It remains a cult favorite today amongst martial arts film fans and is considered by many to be one of the all-time Shaw Brothers classics. ~ Donald Guarisco, All Movie Guide

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7/3/09 -- please return, somebody!!! by Phasmatrope July 4, 2009 - 1:01 AM PDT
I beg to differ; the "flying guillotine" movies are classic schlocky martial arts flicks, if anyone's ever had the chance to see them. "Master of..." is a definite classic of the genre, and "Fatal Flying Guillotines" isn't bad either. I caught this one several years ago on a video bootleg and have been meaning to see it again. Whoever's currently holding on to it, I hope it'll be back in circulation soon!!

In a word: by harpalion December 26, 2007 - 5:12 PM PST
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful

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