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The Guillotines [Blu-ray] (2012)

Zhang Wen , Xiaoming Huang , Andrew Lau  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zhang Wen, Xiaoming Huang, Shawn Yue, Yuchun Li, Ching-Tien Juan
  • Directors: Andrew Lau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,481 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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During the Manchurian-ruled Qing Dynasty, Emperor Yong Zheng established a secret assassination squad known as the Guillotines to eliminate all who opposed him. Once heavily favored by the Emperor, the Guillotines are deemed expendable once Emperor Qian Long ascends to the throne and adopts Western ideas and technology. To consolidate his power under a new regime, the Emperor continues to use the Guillotines to persecute the conquered Han Chinese in a reign of terror and oppression. Led by master fighter Leng, the top ranked guillotine squad consists of five young warriors: Mu, San, Tai, Hutu, Buka. Serving the Qing Court unquestioningly, they have never failed in 348 missions to eliminate their targets. But their success has made them arrogant and complacent. Their next mission is to eliminate Wolf and his Shepherd gang. During the operation, the squad manages to trap Wolf. Just as they are about to execute him, the squad commander orders that he be captured alive. He secretly plans to use Wolf as a pawn in his bid for power. Wolf s gang of rebels ambushes the Guillotines in their moment of hesitation. Wolf escapes, taking Mu hostage. With reports that Wolf has fled to the outer frontiers, the squad tracks him to a remote village outpost. On the other hand, the Emperor has sent his most trusted agent Du for the same mission and most importantly, to end the era of the Guillotines by replacing cold weapons with firearms. If only they make one false move, they will become the hunted. Facing annihilation, Leng and his Guillotines must outfight and outwit enemies from both sides.

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Branded as the next "Nicholas Tse", Shawn Yue was born and raised in Hong Kong. Spotted at an early age on the streets of Hong Kong by agents of the famous Hong Kong modelling agency "Starz People". He has modelled for Giordano, Sony, Timberland, Gillette, Meko, and is currently a spokesmodel for Shiseido Pureness and Coca-Cola China. Yue's first acting projects included Hong Kong TV series "Y2K", co-starring Twins member Charlene Choi, and the lead role in its sequel "Y2K+01". But, it was the lead role in the Taiwanese TV series "Tomorrow" that brought him more attention outside of Hong Kong, and through out the Far East. In 2002, Yue starred in "Just One Look", with both Twins members, and the much talked-about, big budget "Infernal Affairs", which brought him even more publicity.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars THE GUILLOTINES Cuts Its Own Head Off At The Outset July 28, 2013
Period actioners can be a very tough vehicle to sell, especially when they're loaded with characters. Typically, the bigger the cast the longer the film has to be in order to have enough time for (a) establishing everyone's identity, (b) giving each notable the necessary screen time to establish presence, and (c) allowing each of the principles to allow their respective thematic functions to be fulfilled. One fine example of this is THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (an American retread of the Japanese 1954 original SEVEN SAMURAI): each character gets an introduction respective of the role he'll play in the entire affair, and each character is given ample opportunity to develop a personality and some impactful `conclusion' to his participation in it.

To the contrary, THE GUILLOTINES kinda/sorta tinkers in similar territory, but director Andrew Lau (whose career proves he knows better) traffics in all the wrong directorial choices.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

At the height of the Qing Dynasty, THE GUILLOTINES were a secret brotherhood of royal assassins empowered by the Emperor to do his dark deeds: crush whatever rebellion may start in its tracks. They're outfitted with swords of the same name - flexible blades of steel that launch deadly rings with the power to decapitate their victims by the pull of a trigger - and, in using them, this medieval `Injustice League' become an unstoppable force leaving only fear in their wake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it a Great film? No. Is it a Good film? YES August 16, 2013
Not sure why they are a lot of bad reviews for this movie. I just finished watching it and thought it was pretty good. Its not one of the best foreign films ive ever seen, but it was still entertaining and overall i enjoyed. THIS IS NOT A MARTIAL ARTS MOVIE. Maybe some people gave the film bad reviews because they thought it was, but i would consider it more of a drama than a kung fu flick. Overall id give the film a 3/5, definitely worth checking out for those who love foreign films, not just kung fu films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Glimpse of Hidden Chinese History February 22, 2014
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Great story of the Qing Dynasty's "dirty little secret" about the Guillotines, a special martial arts group tasked with carrying out the Emperor's Orders.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wanted Black-belt theater and received a very good drama November 19, 2013
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I was looking for something that would be BlackBelt Theater, this movie started in that direction, and then DEVOLVED into a drama.
the trailer and begging of the movie were very mis-leading. I watched it all the way through, and it turned out to be a very good drama.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical genre film. November 6, 2013
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It was an interesting story. action was good. don't mind the subtitles. history mystery brought to the screen with good imagination.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people are saying August 8, 2013
By Karina
I'm always skeptical about kung fu movies with CGI graphics because i believe that it ruins most kung fu movies, but i don't feel like it's over done in this movie. Most of the CGI graphics are during the scenes when they show how the guillotine weapons work. The acting is not bad and the original language is beautiful to hear. I bet most of the people who reviewed this movie watched it with English over dubs which completely ruins these foreign movies. I always watch kung fu movies in their original language in order to get the true feel of the emotion involved.

With that being said, i loved the story and plot of this movie. I found it to be inspirational and refreshing, especially towards the end when it all unfolds. I would recommend this movie to people who love kung fu movies and enjoy inspiring story plots.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it July 29, 2014
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I enjoyed this movie and loved the storyline, acting, directing and the cinematography. My issue with the film is for some reason I got lost at the beginning and it took awhile for me to get on track with the plot. Ethan Juan and Huang Xiaoming are convincing and played their roles rather well. For a drama with a conflict on morals between doing the right thing typical for this genre, well done. As a kung fu movie, not so much. With all that said, I liked it and was entertained.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the Chain August 21, 2013
By kim
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This movie is the best movie ever. I really enjoyed watching this movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great anti war message
Published 1 month ago by Leonard Zucker
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome and good plot!
great writing and casting
Published 2 months ago by Holly Schneck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great entertainment.
Published 2 months ago by THANH TANG
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by peter facchin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Special Effects
I love love love love martial arts movies. This one had great special effects and martial arts. The weapons were cool and the ideology behind the plot is good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guillotines
Haven't watch it yet will review another time will get back to you. so see talk to me later thanks
Published 6 months ago by Beverly Furman
1.0 out of 5 stars yuck
Based on the previews, I expected the typical bad guy turns good guy who leads the way to save village people who changed him for the better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by norm lee
3.0 out of 5 stars Guillotines
The Guillotines is a pretty decent movie. The special effects were okay in the beginning of the movies. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Darden
3.0 out of 5 stars Love these period flix
Not as much action as I had expected, but well worth watching.
Great price & excellent service.
Very thankful customer.
Published 8 months ago by Dale A. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars New Age
I had seen the orginal version of The Guillotines but this newer version was terrific. I enjoyed every minute of it. But it also taught the meaning of true loyalty.
Published 9 months ago by Gloria Newsome
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