7.6/10
3,461
55 user 64 critic

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.

Director:

(as Jimmy Wang Yu)

Writer:

(as Jimmy Wang Yu)

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After his schoolmate and master is killed and he loses an arm, student Tien Lung has to learn the art of one-arm boxing.

Director: Yu Wang
Stars: Yu Wang, Yeh Tien, Hsin Tang
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong
Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao
Xue di zi (1975)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Meng Hua Ho
Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Feng Ku, Hung Wei
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Can que (1978)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok
Du bei dao (1967)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen.

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Yu Wang, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape and... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The monk Hung Wen-Ting fights against the evil priest White Lotus.

Director: Lieh Lo
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Lung Wei Wang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's A Mean Machine - Cuts Your Head Off Clean! See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Master of the Flying Guillotine  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The export trailer for the film uses Ennio Morricone's music cue "The People Revolt", from the film The Battle of Algiers. 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

Referee: Take the loser away...
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Super
(Opening theme)
Performed by Neu!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Masterful martial arts filmmaking
17 January 2004 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

First seen in a Shaw Bros. pic, the re-modeled flying guillotine returns in this superb fighting fantasy that is also titled MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE VERSUS THE ONE-ARMED BOXER.

A non-Shaw, independently-produced production, this delivers everything a martial arts fan could want.

Director Jimmy Wang Wu, who also stars as the One-Armed Boxer, gives the fight sequences enormous energy and invention and layers in a little sadism when necessary.

The electronic, 70's-style score brings a surreal quality to the film.

Kang Kam as the bushy-browed "Master" is superb, making us believe that he is an old man with a lethal handicap.

Numerous other Shaw and Wang Yu regulars pop up, too.

The flying guillotine itself is more functional and exciting to watch than before. The head-ripping it performs is adroitly staged.

Although BEACH OF THE WAR GODS is my favorite pic of Jimmy's, this is, nevertheless, perfect.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?