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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
Ming Fei Wang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Ping Chang
Chung-Kuei Chang
Yi Kuei Chang
Chin Hai Chen
Shen-Lin Chen
Tak Chi Chen

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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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Trivia

The droning theme music that plays whenever the main villain is on screen is the track "Super 16" by German band "Neu!". It is a slowed-down version of the song "Super", which is also the music of the opening credits. 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

Chang Chia Yu: Dad, they say the One Armed Boxer is coming here, do you think he might?
Master Wu: He has an invitation... he is very well known... so, I think it would be good... if he could come... just to show himself here.
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Rubycon, Part I
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"Master of the Flying Guillotine: Ultimate Edition" is Better than Ever!!
10 June 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Having commented on the dubbed and edited version three years

ago on IMDb, I'm back again, having recently had the chance to

check out the newly released "Ultimate Edition" version in Los

Angeles. In a word, it is the "Ultimate Edition." Long-lost scenes

(that I had never seen in the dubbed version) are re-inserted, fight

scenes are extended, one tournament fight scene is added (which

was already in the "One Armed Boxer vs. Flying Guillotine"

version), and the film is SUBTITLED and not DUBBED, which is

the biggest change. It's interesting to watch the film in its native

language, and not the awful Australian dubbing (which actually is

one of the things I really like about the original!!), which adds a

whole different color to the film. The added scenes of the One

Armed Boxer in the beginning of the film also add more dimension

to his character, and yes... we find out that "One Armed Boxer" has

a real name!! The story behind the re-release is an original,

complete negative was located in China, and Greg Hatanaka and

Pathfinder Pictures saw fit to give this film a re-release in the

States (thanks, Greg!). To call "MFG:Ultimate" a "restored" version

from a technical standpoint would be incorrect (the print is

somewhat washed out, and damaged in places -- looks like

processing flaws which they will hopefully correct in the DVD

release... hint hint...), but it is a LOT more vibrant than the bootlegs

of the original "MFG" floating around out there, and it's presented in

the correct 2.35 aspect ratio! All in all, a great release of an

entertaining film to watch! It is in limited release, but the upcoming

(hopefully) DVD version should please true fans out there! The

biggest disappointment -- missing great dubbed-in dialogue like:

"D'you know who eye yam? I happen to be the one armed boxer!!"

and "Just you get outta my way now... you old has-been!!

Hahahaha!!!" All gone...


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