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The one-armed boxer is stalked by a vengeful flying guillotine expert, after his disciples were killed in the first 'One-Armed Boxer' film. But as the flying guillotine master is blind, he starts his quest by becoming a serial killer of one-armed men. Meanwhile, the one-armed boxer is running a martial arts school, where he teaches his pupils to control their breath so they can run up walls and along ceilings. And there's an Indian fakir whose arms can extend until they're ten feet long. As you may have gathered, a rational plot summary is pretty pointless - but rest assured there are epic martial arts battles and ludicrously inspired moments galore. Written by
Michael Brooke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Master of the Flying Guillotine is a flawed film, even by 70s kung-fu film standards, but somehow it's just perfect. It's like it's phoned in from some grainy dream world of 70s pop cultural debris. Jimmy Wang Yu is obviously no real martial artist (on top of tucking one arm into his shirt to appear one-armed), but he can inexpicably walk on walls and ceilings, and appears to have mastered the flailing-arm style, and that's good enough for me. He often expresses a strange fondness for jumping. "I'll now teach you the skill of jumping," he informs his students. "Nice jumping," he later notes while watching a tournament mid-way through the film. That's about the extent of his character's personality, but who cares.
There's a racist blackface Indian yoga character with stretchy arms (the sleeves stretch too), an old man who twirls his head around and uses his eyebrows for echolocation, a Thai kickboxer who's lured out into the open like a pokemon by snake-charmer flute music, and a character named "Wins Without a Knife" whose secret weapon is... wait for it... a knife! Also, gotta love how they totally ruined that slavishly decorated coffin shop at the end. Some serious pre-John Woo environmental destruction. The film's full of krautrock, too, so it might just change the way you look at music.
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