The Guillotines 2013 R CC

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(28) IMDb 4.7/10
Available in HD

From the director of the Infernal Affairs trilogy, The Guillotines is a secret assassination squad sworn to eliminate all who oppose the Emperor.

Starring:
Ethan Juan, Huang Xiaoming
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

The Guillotines

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Action
Director Wai-keung Lau
Starring Ethan Juan, Huang Xiaoming
Supporting actors Purba Rgyal, Tian Gao, Yi Wei Zhou, Boran Jing, Peng Guo, Yuchun Li, Yu Wang, Li Meng, Sofia Gonzalez, Shi-Jye Jin, Wai-keung Lau, Kenzie Pallone, Stephy Tang, Zhang Wen, Shawn Yue
Studio Well Go USA
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Very good storyline, typical chinese movie where the the hero dies.
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Once you start this movie, you'll most likely sit through the duration, however be warned you'll be left with a feeling of what could've been...
MusicLover
So then you think, maybe the film will redeem itself with a bloody redemption fight between the converted bad guy and his former evil bosses.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 28, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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 By Carlito Melendres on November 1, 2013
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IT WAS A VERY WELL NICE MOVIE AND VERY WELL DIRECTED BY A VERY GOOD DIRECTOR. SHOULD SELL MORE LIKE THIS
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Burns on August 16, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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 By Joseph Davis on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DAVID A CARSE on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dantoweed on 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 By Karina on August 8, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kim on August 21, 2013
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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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