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Xue di zi (1975)

Chen Kuan-tai battles assassins that use a deadly, beheading weapon to kill dissidents. Based on true events, the film's weapon was completely fabricated because in real life, no one ever ... See full summary »

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Kuan Tai Chen ...
Feng Ku ...
Xin Kang
Hung Wei ...
Ah Kun / Xu Shuangkun
Wu Chi Liu ...
Yu Ping
Ti Ai ...
Wanzhu
Wei Tu Lin ...
Luo Peng
Yue Wong ...
Xie Tianfu
Yang Chiang ...
Norman Chu ...
Zhou Zhizhong
Ricky Hui ...
Cheng Ziping
Sau Kei Lee ...
Minister Chen Lieh
Lung Lei ...
Cha Zhiliang
Peng-Fei Li ...
Yan Lebu
Wen-Wei Lin ...
Wang Xiaoliang
Chi Chin Wu ...
Chen Xinyi
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Chen Kuan-tai battles assassins that use a deadly, beheading weapon to kill dissidents. Based on true events, the film's weapon was completely fabricated because in real life, no one ever survived to tell what the weapon actually looked like. Written by Celestial Pictures

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Total classic !
9 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like kung-fu films starring Chen Kuan Tai, but this one is special even for him. In my opinion, this is the baddest kung-fu movie ever made because of the weapon that's used and how its victims dies one after another under its nefarious power. This first and (imo) best of the Flying Guillotine sagas, has actual plot and a story for a change, and good acting and quality cinematography.

The idea is shocking, and the way its ruthlessly used is even more so, but that's what makes this film extra special good. Basically, 12 assassin ninjas who are trained to use the flying guillotine goes out killing unsuspecting victims one by one from a distance they never suspect attacks to come from. And of course all the people standing around them pee in their pants to see the head get sliced off their body.

Along with Executioner from Shaolin, this is one of the best movie Chen Kuan Tai starred in, and one of the best kung-fu action movie made in the '70s.

Watch this along with its equally high quality sequel - Flying Guillotines II (1978) where it picks up where this story left off.

Highly recommended.


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