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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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Not as much fun as Wang Yu film, but moves along quite well.
15 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those few movies that enters cinema legend simply because a better remembered film was made in response to it. Flying guillotine was quite popular in its day, thus Wang Yu's idea of stealing an idea from it. Now it's become difficult find.

Of course I saw this after seeing Wang Yu's later film. Consequently I was actually prepared for a film much less fun than the later film.

well, it is a little less fun - but only a little. Ho Meng-hua has really paced this film well - Whenever we reach a point where the plot appears in danger of slowing down, Ho makes sure something happens to recapture our attention.

The cinematography is quite good, and the editor has used the footage well. But my sense is that the largest contribution was from Ho Meng-hwa.

Of course, it helps a little to have Chen Kuan Tai play the hero. Chen was not only a brilliant traditional kung-fu performer, he could also act quite convincingly.

There are a number of slips in the film, but thanks to its pacing, these are easy to ignore. It's definitely a "grand-guinol" B-movie; but I wouldn't have it any other way.


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