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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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About the Actor

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.

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CDSILIA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,204 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Edward L 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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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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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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was not formatted for the US. and could not send it back vender never responded back, amazon game me credit for , I started ordering with the credit was un aware of the credit so I was unable to use all of it and was never credited with the unused balance just a bad deal all around.
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The Guillotines is a pretty decent movie. The special effects were okay in the beginning of the movies. The movie started out with fast pace guillotine action and declined by Chapter 4. This story was more about out with the old and in with the new technology (Guns and Cannon use). Like with most Asian inspired movies, the 'Message' is more important then the fighting action.
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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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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. It is gory for those that don't like blood and guts.
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This is a Martial Arts movie WITHOUT any martial "arts".
When I purchase a bluray, I always ascertain on the rewatchability of the movie. On a scale of
10, this movie scores 1 on rewatchability.
99% of the film focuses on depressing dialogue, and it meanders on and on........
Martial arts fans should steer clear of this drab boring movie.
Whatever fighting scenes there are in this film, one can see in daily life between any 2
drunken ruffians on the streets; just throwing plain wild punches and kicks at each other.
The fight scenes just comprises of people crudely punching the next person, or using swords
to slash the next person, or using rifles to shoot a person. There is NO "arts" or skill at all
displayed in the fighting scenes; just crude, simple punches or kicks shown by the actors.
I am inclined to think, for this film, there is no martial arts instructor, or if there is one, he is
a master charlatan.
Do rent or better still, view this movie free before deciding to buy; I just don't understand
some reviewers claiming this is a "good martial arts film with lots of action"; maybe these
are shills.
PLEASE, PLEASE try to view this movie for free first, before ever regretting after
purchasing it.
There should be no encouragement or incentive for such films to be made in the name
of Martial Arts to deceive the paying consumer.
Otherwise the film makers will be laughing all the way to the bank with your hard
earned movie for this shameful, fiasco of a rubbish movie.
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