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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 (72 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: 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 (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZDW8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,565 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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kung-Fu Theatre August 20, 2002
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this in the theatre just a couple of weeks ago. This movie was not only a big influence on kung-fu movies, but also on the fighting genre of video games. After watching this movie you will notice certain similarities between it and the "Street Fighter" video games. (Including the yogi with the stretching arms.)
The movie is actually the second movie in the "one arm boxer" series. (There are flashbacks to the previous movie.) The blind monk (the master of the flying guillotine) gets word that his two disciples have been killed by the one arm boxer. He goes on a hunt for the one arm boxer. Being blind, he tends to kill a number of the wrong people along the way, but that does not matter to him in the slightest. (Being the nasty next to unkillable uber-villian he is.)
While the blind monk is out looking for the one arm boxer, there is a kung-fu tournement being held. This is a great excuse to have a bunch of martial artists with various styles. Did I mention that this was a fight to the death or severe maiming? There are some great over the top kung-fu battles up until the tournement is interupted by the blind monk. The one arm boxer is , of course, at the tournement.
Many of the styles are just plain impossible. But that is half the fun!
I won't spoil the rest of the film. It is very enjoyable. The print I saw had some odd defects from the negative used to print the film. There are also some scratches and other misc problems. They do not detract from the experience in the slightest. It was also subtitled and not dubbed. Hopefully the DVD will not suffer the same fate as most Chinese films released in the US. (Cut to ribbons and dubbed with bad translations.
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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
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, in a way... October 29, 2003
Format:DVD
There are two types of classic movies:
1. the "so well made, performed, and executed"
2. the extremely influential or 'cult status' types.
Master of the Flying Guillotine falls under the latter. Influential to video games with its gimmicky fighters, it's flying guillotine, memorable characters(one-armed boxer, blind monk), and various fighting techniques. It has deservedly attained cult status because of these and more. The fight scenes, including a long tournament of numerous(although fairly brief) fights between different contenders is worth the watch alone. Most of the fight scenes are good, esp. for a movie this old. The only scenes that kinda disappoint are the ones that contain the one-armed boxer in them(Jimmy Wany Yu just isn't that impressive in his martial arts or charismatic in his performance, resulting in more than one veiwer rooting for his opponents instead i'm sure). There are some cheesy elements like the dubbing, Jimmy walking up walls(???), some less than convincing decapitations...then again, this movie has flying guillotine-induced decapitations, Jimmy walking up walls(!!!), and classic cheesy 70's dubbing! See, it's all how you look at things or perceive them.
Anyhow, the dvd has a good picture quality, a lot more extras(including audio commentary, deleted scenes, original languge option, etc) than usually afforded to old-school kung fu films, and again a great extended tournament fight that is reason enough to watch if not buy this dvd. I'm glad I have this in my collection anyway. Definitely recommended, just don't expect the first definition of classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masters of Flying Guillotine
It's a classic film although sound effects of blows are too loud. I enjoyed it years ago and when this version came out I wanted to add to my collection of martial arts films.
Published 3 months ago by K. Kleinschmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Guillotine
I saw part of this movie one Sunday afternoon and loved what I saw. I looked everywhere for it but to no avail, I could not find it in any video store. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thou who should not be named!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
The best action movie for that time . Great fight scene at the end ,and way cool fighters . I really like this movie.
Published 7 months ago by Art Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Quality of the movie is good to fair. None of these movies from the 70's will ever be HD, but you can't go wrong for the price.
Published 7 months ago by Carlos Montanez
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 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars "Guillotine Imposter"
Not worthy of having the word Guillotine,in it's title.Nuff said.If you're thinking about starting a Martial Art's,collection...don't Include this movie. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Burrell
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused
This copy switches back and forth to subtitles and it is irritating. Can anyone tell me if they have a NORMAL copy? Movie is classic otherwise
Published 13 months ago by Michele Balin
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 15 months ago by W. Hubbard
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of hte flying gullitine
If your into kungfu movie from the 1970's. This the film for you. A clasic flim. Worth wotching. A must have movie.
Published 17 months ago by ROSS MORTELLARO
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 17 months ago by D. Allen Schaeffer
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