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Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi (original title)
After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.

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Complete credited cast:
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Kang Chin ...
Chung-Erh Lung ...
Wu Shao-tieh (as Kun Yee Lung)
Chia Yung Liu ...
Chang Chia Yu (as Kar Wing Lau)
Lung Wei Wang ...
Win-Without-a-Knife Yakuma (as Lung Wang)
Chien-Po Tsen ...
Nai Men
Fei Lung ...
Win-Without-a-Knife Yakuma Jiro
Hou-Chiang Chi
Pai Cheng Hau ...
Master Wu
Ming Fei Wang
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Tak Chi Chen
Tien Wu Chu
Alan Chung San Chui ...
(as Chung Hei Chui)
Wei-Hsiung Ho
Han Hsieh ...
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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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Armed with the Most Gruesome Weapon ever Conceived... He Challenged the Warriors from Beyond Time! See more »

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Action | Fantasy

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Trivia

Most or all music featuring in the film was used without permission of copyright holders (when the film was first released). See more »

Goofs

While struggling with the One-Armed Boxer in the chicken coop, Fu Sing Wu Chi's guillotine falls off its chain. However, in the next shot it appears in, it seems to have been repaired. See more »

Quotes

Liu Ti Lung, The One-Armed Boxer: If you have patience, you can learn to do all things
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Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Rubycon, Part I
(The One-Armed Boxer's theme)
Performed by Tangerine Dream
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Better than Citizen Kane
21 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

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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