Review: Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

I just found my favourite movie murder weapon: The Flying Guillotine. Do they sell those on ebay?

dvd“MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE” (Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi)
1976
Action
Hong Kong/Taiwan

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu
Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Kam Kang, Lau Ka Wing
Distributor: Pathfinder
Runtime: 93 mins
DVD REGION ALL

“I will kill the one-armed man and avenge you both.”

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There’s a time of political unrest in the year of 1730. People are ganging up against eachothers, and rebels against their Manchurian oppressors. A blind assassin comes down from the mountains to avenge his friends who got killed by the “One-armed Boxer”, a teacher at a kung-fu school. The assassin is a master of the murderous weapon called the “Flying Guillotine”. A big tournament is held, and all kinds of martial arts fighters gather in a fight of life and death. Also the blind assassin and the one-armed boxer.

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A cult classic. One of the few Hong Kong movies independent of the Shaw Brothers. This is a mash-up of two characters with their own movies (The One Armed Boxer, 1972 & The Flying Guillotine, 1975). This is one hell of a martial arts movie. It’s jam packed with well choreographed fighting scenes, and a bunch of cool characters. This is pure fun from start to the end. It’s definitely a must-see for fans of Asian martial arts movies. And again…what a freakin’ cool weapon the “flying guillotine” is. Holy decapitation!!!

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The release is as good as could be at the time of release. Some scenes are really bad, but the state of the negative wasn’t good. Hoping a serious company can brush it up for blu-ray soon. It’s got two discs, one in Mandarin, and one in English. There’s a packed booklet, audio commentaries, interviews and trailers. A dedicated release.

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