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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 (13 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 (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZDW8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,959 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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consummate Cult Classic December 26, 2006
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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie... Defective Disc January 19, 2005
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Classic? December 16, 2005
By Seamus
How do you like your kung fu movies? If you prefer a moving storyline filled with drama and beauty, than this isn't the movie for you. But if you're looking for a ridiculous amount of fighting, a plot that barely makes sense, bad dubbing, and film quality that ranges from Poor to Terrible, than don't pass up this classic that's a favorite of people like Quentin Tarantino and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Basically, you have a blind man you fights with a truly unforgettable weapon: the flying guillotine. He's out to avenge the death of his disciples by hunting down the here, The One-Armed Boxer. He comes to town during a kung fu tournament that's basically just 20 minutes of Crazy Style A versus Crazy Style B. Some are downright impossible. You have Thai Boxers. You have people doing different animal styles, like Monkey and Tiger. You have guys fighting with swords and clubs. And you have an Indian guy who's arms mysteriously double in length.

The blind man disrupts the tournament, and for some reason all the surviving contestants join him in the hunt for the One-Armed Boxer, each of them ultimately fighting him (and losing). The final scenes involve a fight in a burning building, followed by the One-Armed Boxer going one on one with the Master of the Flying Guillotine in a coffin shop.

As I said before, the quality of the film is terrible. If you watch the dubbed version, there are spots where the film switches to subtitles for no reason. The film is damaged in places, so you get poor quality and flickering. Personally, I know to expect this from old kung fu films so it didn't bother me, but if you're big on film quality, you won't like this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bad quality at the start of movie
The movie had bad quality at the beginning but played okay.
Published 2 months ago by Alberto L. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I remembered this movie from when I was a kid. I'm so glad to be able to watch it and show it to other people, now. ^_^
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Kung-Fu Films of my youth...
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. Read more
Published 21 months ago by W. Hubbard
4.0 out of 5 stars You vicious bastard!
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. Read more
Published 23 months ago by D. Allen Schaeffer
5.0 out of 5 stars in this loopy cult classic, a one-armed boxer single-handedly takes on...
- Fung Cheh Wu Chi (after decapitating a one-armed customer at a restaurant): "Was he the One-Armed Boxer?"
- Restaurant Owner: "No, he was just a bum! Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by H. Bala
3.0 out of 5 stars eagle claw lady
Another kung fu classic that i do believe deserves a viewing. Has all the tacky elements , strange characters, dubbing, bad acting, bad kung fu. Read more
Published on February 18, 2007 by Matthew K. Merkel
5.0 out of 5 stars 2-disc, but no need for it.
So thisd costed me like 16.99 at best buy, and it was a decent deal. My friend borrowed the 1-disc and I haven't seen him............., I don't have it and got this. Read more
Published on March 15, 2006 by morgoth
2.0 out of 5 stars Defective master?
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. Read more
Published on October 16, 2005 by Prestoli
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of the flying guillotine
One of the impeccable movies by Jimmy Wang Yu. It shows great kungfu skills, some of which are actual fights from the actor himself - a black belt karate expert. Read more
Published on September 13, 2002 by Hum Wai Kwong
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