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Flying Guillotine [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Feng Ku , Kuan Tai Chen    DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Feng Ku, Kuan Tai Chen, Hung Wei
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005F96UGO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,880 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2.7 out of 5 stars
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*** Spoiler Alert**** But not so you won't enjoy the film.

Spring of Shaw Season Review – Film No'3

The Flying Guillotine

What do you know ? Where getting through our Shaw films collection with gusto here at K.I.T.G.

Yes it's another Shaw classic up for review and a in-depth look At this rate where be running out of films , as we don't possess the entire back catalogue of Shaw films. In fact our collection is just a pinprick compared to the available films.

So here we go with The Flying Guillotine , a 1975 film from the Shaw studio. Studio leading man Chen Kuan Tai this time stars as a member of a elite group of hand picked Imperial guards who are chosen for their ability in combat .

When the Emperor's aids fail to arrest various opposer’s to the state one aid is chosen to full fill the Emperors wishes or have his head cut of along with his family if he does not succeed.

The man in Question ,Chief Xin Kang (Ku Feng) goes about it in a strange way ,Xin decides by accident to develop a new weapon which combine throwing knives and a hood.

Xin comes up with the Flying Guillotine , a device so deadly you can not escape it's path , or so it seems ( me I would just move left or right as it approaches ) , linked to a long chain the idea is to throw the Guillotine and as it fly towards it's enemy you can stop it above their head ,it in turn drops on their head and you pull the chain to drop a net hood linked to a series of blades. ,as the blades and hood encompass the victims head you pull the chain slicing the head clean of and pulling the device with head included back to you .

Yes a great way to collect heads .
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's Egg 21 Jan 2014
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Good in parts but an egg which is only good in parts is a rotten egg.

Some good scenes of course, with the team involved not surprising but poorly acted, poorly plotted, generally crude. At its best this school of films should be likened to Morality Plays rather than more recent drama; like the best Westerns but without the sometimes excessive psychologising. here the drama is weak, the characterisation feeble, the unstated political values a shabby caricature without the quality of action which might make this endurable at least if not excusable.A waste of talent and the viewer's time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars old school martial art movie 19 Jun 2012
For me this movie is an old school martial art movie, its exactly what you expect.

If you are a fan of martial arts you will like this DVD.

- good story line - revenge & jealousy
- action scenes are plentiful and bloody
- Great fights
- good acting
- good training scenes with a new weapon

Will watch it again thats for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shaws production 6 Feb 2012
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This is another Shaw Brother historical fiction flick about Manchurian Emperor Yong Zheng's personal army of trained assassins known as the Flying Guillotin Troupe.

Yong Zheng was one of the Ching Dynasty's more capable rulers who restored peace stability and even prosperity to China but who achieved this by ruthlessly executing anyone suspected of spreading sedition or who were responsible for causing political unrest in the country.

To get rid of dissent in the ranks and any dissenting members of his family or ministers, he ordered one of his senior captains to set up a specially trained team of secret royal enforcers or assassins. This team came up with an unusual weapon called the flying guillotin which enabled them to mete out beheadings from 100 paces away.

There are no records of what the flying guillotin looked like but it is surmissed to have been a kind of razor sharp lasso type weapon which a trained assassin could throw from a 100 paces and once the lasso was secured round the victim's neck one pull of the chain would tighten the razor sharp 'noose' and the victim's head severed.

Here we see how the weapon is invented and the training of the first team of assassins. Focus is then on one team member called Ma Teng played by real kungfu action star Chen Kwan Tai(star of "Boxer from ShangTung", "Heroes Two","Challenge of the Masters", "The Blood Brothers","The Teahouse","Executioners from Shaolin","The Master", "Crippled Avengers", "Killer Constable" and the original "Iron Monkey").

Ma Teng is the most adept at using the flying guillotine but is soon disenchanted when he discovers the team is being used for political murders rather than to protect the Emperor against terrorists as he was formerly led to believe.

Things come to a head when Ma Teng's colleague and friend (played by Johnny Wang Yu from "Spiritual Boxer", "Executioners from Shaolin", "Dirty Ho" and "The Lady is Boss")is assassinated on the Emperor's orders after the latter had suffered a nervous breakdown and was heard shouting his objections to helping the Emperor commit murder against innocent people.

Ma Teng secretly leaves his team, marries and settles down as a farmer faraway from the Capital. Meanwhile the Emperor puts a price on his head and sends the Guillotin troupe after him.

As one expects from a Shaw Bro action movie, Ma Teng is forced into a show down with his own team mates to protect his wife and new born son.

Full of flying guillotin decapitations and duels between Ma Teng and his ex-colleagues, there is less hand to hand kungfu combat or not enuff for me anyway hence I've only awarded this classic 4 stars outta 5.

Dvd picture and sound quality excellent, multiaudio with English subtitles, what more can a Shaw movie collector want!
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4.0 out of 5 stars TAKING OF THE HEAD 6 Jan 2014
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie 30 Dec 2011
By Music79 - Published on
This is a good movie about jealousy,ambition,revenge and an ingenious weapon of destruction. Good acting as well. A must have for any Kung fu flick fan!
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Kung-Fu movies 9 Jun 2014
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Great action, great fight scenes, skillful actors. The plots tend to always be the same (avenging a murdered master, rescuing a kidnapped girl, challenging a drug lord, etc….). But I watch them for the great choreographed fight scenes.
4.0 out of 5 stars ok 12 Mar 2014
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I liked this movie, it was ok from where I can see, there was noise all around me, and I couldn't really get into it. I would have to watch it again when I'm alone.
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