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Master Of The Flying Guillotine (Two-Disc Anniversary Edition) (1977)

Yu Wang , Tien Wu Chu , Yu Wang  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Yu Wang, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin, Chung-Erh Lung, Chia Yung Liu
  • Directors: Yu Wang
  • Writers: Yu Wang
  • Producers: Cheuk Hon Wong
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZDW8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Master Of The Flying Guillotine (Two-Disc Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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Limited Deluxe Edition of the classic kung fu movie, staring martial arts legend Jimmy Wang Yu as the One-Armed Boxer, a warrior who has remained true to the recently overthrown Ming Dynasty. A league of kung fu masters are tracking down rebels with a new, deadly weapon--the flying guillotine; an unbeatable, almost supernatural blind man is the king of these killers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Consummate Cult Classic December 26, 2006
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Few films enjoy the moniker of a "cult classic." Few films have a one-armed hero, a blind antagonist who wields a Flying Guillotine, steal German techno music for the soundtrack, a martial arts tournament in the middle of the film, and have been inspirational to Quentin Tarantino and video games. Master of the Flying Guillotine (aka One-armed Boxer vs. The Flying Guillotine) is one of several old-school martial art films to take on an iconic stature amongst Asian film fanatics, amongst them include Five Deadly Venoms, Fist of Fury and Drunken Master. This movie is one of my favorite Taiwanese films - produced by First Films.

It is 1730 during the reign of Emperor Yung Cheng of the Manchu Dynasty and is in the case of all films about this oppressive era the protagonists are supporters of the Ming Dynasty. The awesome antagonist is a blind (disguised) Buddhist named Fung Sheng Wu Chi played with demonic fury by Kam Kong (Half a Loaf of Kung Fu). He wears Buddhist garb, has his own lifted musical theme of "Super 16" by the German group Neu! (they also use "Super" by Neu! in the opening theme and "Mitternacht", "Morgensparziergang" and "Kometenmelodie 2" by Kraftwerk in the film), throws bombs that remind me of Tim from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and carries an ingenious weapon called the Flying Guillotine, it was used earlier in the movie The Flying Guillotine (1975). This weapon is a round circular disk with serrated edges on the outside and a retractable net with sharp knives that can be thrown by its user to go over the head of its opponent and with a jerk of the attached chain rip off the head. It is also be folded and fit in your pocket!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie... Defective Disc January 19, 2005
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This review is referring specifically to the new 2-Disc Anniversary Edition of MotFG. Needless to say, this movie is a kung fu classic and this remaster looks and sounds excellent (as good as it can get). The first disc includes the original Mandarin version, while disc 2 includes the dubbed version. However, on Disc 2 (the English dubbed disc) there is a glitch which keeps chapter 10 from playing (roughly 32 minutes into the movie). I don't know how widespread this problem may be (or not), but keep this in mind.
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This movie is fun for fans of the martial arts genre, especially if you are old enough to remember its heyday in the 1970's. If you are into writing computer games, it gives you a good idea of what people are looking for in such games more than any book on the subject ever could. The basic story behind the film is simple - Sent by the Ching Emperor to destroy Ching rebels, the vicious and blind assassin known as the Flying Guillotine interrupts a deadly martial arts competition in the hopes of killing the famous One Armed Boxer to avenge the death of his two students.

Nothing captures the imagination of genre fans like the notion of a mechanical device being hurled through the air to behead its victims, though the idea may have less effect today than it did back in 1974 when the famous character known as the One Armed Boxer first found himself dodging its razor-sharp teeth. However, this film remains a cult film classic that lives up to its eccentric name.

As the narrator explains, the Ching Emperor has trained numerous assassins in the use of the Flying Guillotine to kill off Ming rebels. This deadly and impractical weapon looks much like a hat with a saw blade brim and a long chain attached. The user throws the weapon with practiced precision onto his victim's head. A chain netting with blades at the bottom drops down and with one pull severs the head. Best of all, it collapses for easy carrying while traveling.

One of the emperor's assassins is Fung Cheh Wu Chi (Kam Kong), who has just discovered that his two students were killed by the One Armed Boxer. Although blind, Fung assumes the guise of a monk and goes in search of Yu who now runs a kung fu school. Yu is invited to a martial arts competition, but only agrees to watch so as not to draw attention to himself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Defective master? October 16, 2005
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I was thrilled to see this classic released on DVD, however I've received two copies and both are defective. About 28 minutes in the picture freezes. My first copy disabled my DVD player completely; it wouldn't recognize any command except Power Off. The replacement copy shows very pixilated picture/frames then picks up the action in full again at about minute 36.

There's a big disclaimer before the film begins that the original 35mm film is damaged so the picture quality of the DVD is compromised. Does this mean all copies have defects? Are others experiencing this same issue?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Kung-Fu Films of my youth... January 22, 2013
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I'm so glad that they came out with this edition for the simple fact that it can be seen with the English dubbing or it can be seen with its original language. Even though there are some over-the-top moments in the film, the action sequences are still excellent to me. I highly recommend this for the 70's kung fu fan (such as myself).
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4.0 out of 5 stars You vicious bastard! November 5, 2012
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This one didn't live up to the hype - but then, I was expecting an IMMORTAL CLASSIC, all in caps. That said... it's trashy, fun, has a great villain, and a sweet final fight.

MOTFG is a guilty pleasure, nothing more, nothing less. It IS refreshingly itself, you WILL be entertained, and it IS worth owning.
Be sure to watch both versions. The Mandarin version has some good comedic moments (including a Ching Dynasty-era tournament chief giving a smug, English "SOWWY!" to a contestant when he denies him entry :D), and takes a few moments more to explain things here and there, totally changing the tone. While the eng version is goofy fun, the original language version is just plain fun - the IQ goes up about 20 points without sacrificing any of the insanity. The commentary is...well, lame, like they didn't know what to say after doing the commentary track for the one-disc version. Apparently afraid to repeat themselves, they opted to say not much of anything, making for lots of dead air.

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Going with the full four stars now, since this movie has KILLER replay value. I probably end up watching it a few times per week: It's perfect to put on as background noise while I'm making dinner, and by the time it's ready, MOTFG is usually at or near the end of the tournament and the movie kicks into high gear.

Beware - I bought a backup copy, and had to get TWO replacements due to a manufacturing problem with disc 2.
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