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The Flying Guillotine (1975)

Xue di zi (original title)
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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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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Killer Shaw slicer
20 September 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Was this the film that started the whole decapitating fad?

A very atypical Shaw Bros story here that doesn't involve your typical training to enter Shaolin temple or revenge motif. Instead, you're not sure who to root for or jeer at. My favorite scenes include anyone with the flying guillotine. Just seeing those bodies headless and limbs flailing (the red paint smears were a great gory touch!). By the end, there's double crossing and power corrupts. Really great use of Shaw Studios sets and the colors and costumes looked great on this Celestial DVD release. Also, stick with it and you get a great finish to boot. So, while not a classic Shaw Bros film, this one is a "cut" above the rest.


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