Master Of The Flying Guillotine (Two-Disc Anniversary Edition)
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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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Ok, this movie might not be the most realistic, smart, or emotionally deep movie ever made....but I can honestly say that it's one of the most entertaining films ever to be made. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Griffin
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This is widescreen but with letterbox 4:3 ratio. Annoying to watch on a widescreen TV. Luckily my TV has a zoom function that kind-of fixed the otherwise squashed ratio. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clinton
This is my favorite martial arts film of all time. There are so many great things about this movie but they can't be mentioned without spoiling it.Published 5 months ago by Curly Q
I love this movie, but wish the DVD quality was better. Sometimes switches briefly from English dubbing to subtitles then back; I see from an earlier review that parts of the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Russell
Excellent movie with very high video quality. Highly recommended.Published 10 months ago by Earnell S.
JUST VIDEO QUALITY.I WISH THE FILM WAS ON BLU RAY.I BELIEVE ITS THE ORIGINAL NEGATIVES OF THE FILM THAT ARE NOT IN GOOD SHAPE?WORTH THE BUY.OUTSTANDING FILM.Published 11 months ago by Maria A. Garcia