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Release Date:
February 1977 (USA) See more »
It's A Mean Machine - Cuts Your Head Off Clean! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"Master of the Flying Guillotine" is sick! This is definitely one for the ages! See more (52 total) »


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Yu Wang ... Liu Ti Lung, The One-Armed Boxer
Kang Chin ... Fung Sheng Wu Chi
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tak Chi Chen
Tien Wu Chu
Alan Chung San Chui (as Chung Hei Chui)
Wai Hung Ho
Han Hsieh ... Referee
Hsing Hsieh
Philip Kwok
Jack Long ... Wang Chiang
Fong Lung ... Wu Chang-sheng (as Li Chien Min)
Mao Shan
Kao Shan Shao
Ting-Ken Shih
Jung Chi Sun
Robert Tai
Kun Chang Teng
Chiang Wang
Tai-Liang Wang ... Monkey Boxer
Wing Sheng Wang ... Yoga Master
Sung Chao Yu

Directed by
Yu Wang  (as Jimmy Wang Yu)
Writing credits
Yu Wang (written by) (as Jimmy Wang Yu)

Produced by
Cheuk Hon Wong .... producer
Original Music by
Frankie Chan  (as Hsun Chi Chen)
Cinematography by
Yao Hu Chiu 
Film Editing by
Ting Hung Kuo 
Production Design by
Kang Hsing Chao 
Costume Design by
Chin Chao  (as Ken Chao)
Makeup Department
Yu Chen Chao .... makeup artist
Yuan Chun Yu .... hair stylist
Production Management
Hsi Fan Chan .... production manager
Fung Wang .... production manager
Sound Department
Su Yen Hsi .... sound effects
Hu Kuang .... sound recordist
Yu Ping Liang .... sound effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Yun Lung Niu .... assistant lighting technician
Huai Chen Pai .... lighting technician
Chang Li Wang .... assistant camera
Other crew
Chia Yung Liu .... fight choreographer (as Ka Wing Lau)
Chia-Liang Liu .... fighting choreographer (as Lau Ka Liang)
Kuang-Chi Lo .... stage supervisor (as Kuang-chi Lo)
Yi Wang .... arts

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Also Known As:
"Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi" - Taiwan (original title)
"The One Armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine" - Hong Kong (English title)
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93 min | USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:U | Portugal:M/18 | UK:X (cut) (1977) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Most or all music featuring in the film was used without permission of copyright holders (when the film was first released).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Referee:Take the loser away...See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"Master of the Flying Guillotine" is sick! This is definitely one for the ages!, 25 December 2005
Author: dee.reid from United States

"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" - IMDb plot summary.

"Master of the Flying Guillotine" is one for the ages, no doubt. Those above words just about sum up everything there is to discover in this film. The plot is absolutely ridiculous and only lasts about five minutes total in the whole film. The rest of the movie is devoted to ludicrous yet well-staged action scenes that are sure to live long in memory after it's gone. "Master of the Flying Guillotine" is the most popular martial arts flick from the post-Bruce Lee age, and it's lingered for years on the late-night grindhouse circuit.

I sat through the first five minutes and I fell out laughing. Mind you, I wasn't laughing because I couldn't believe it all (I couldn't) but because when you realize it, it's the most over-the-top kick to the head you'll ever experience. It's virtually impossible to take anything in the film seriously, but there's no way that should let you not walk away from it without getting something. The plot, as I mentioned before, is non-existent and any attempts in trying to rationalize the action are pretty pointless.

The plot can be summed up like this, in one sentence: After the beginning of the Ching Dynasty, the blind assassin, Fung Sheng Wu Chi (Kam Kang), goes on a murderous rampage, becoming a serial killer who starts offing one-armed fighters left and right, after receiving news (via carrier pigeon) that his two disciples have been murdered by the One-Armed Boxer (lead actor, writer, and director Jimmy Wang Yu) from the first film, and tracks his quarry to a martial arts tournament a la a plot device used in "Enter the Dragon" (1973).

That's about all there is to the plot. The Blind Assassin and his weapon of choice - the Flying Guillotine - a tethered device that looks like a hat is swung in any direction he chooses and hooks itself to a victim's head with the aid of razor-sharp blades on the inside and with one good jerk, he rips their head clean off. I don't think I mentioned that other than the fact he's blind, he is able to throw the flying guillotine with pin-point accuracy.

Other unbelievable instances occur, including an Indian Fakir whose arms can stretch to twice his own body length, and in one sequence, the One-Armed Boxer battles a Muay Thai fighter (Tsim Po Sham) in a hut while his men light fires under it, essentially turning into a frying pan that literally gives both men hot feet. Then there's the equally unbelievable final confrontation between Wang and the Blind Assassin. The action is pretty bloody and intense, and the punching sounds are so exaggerated I honestly couldn't help laughing uncontrollably.

It's wildly insane stuff and it's no wonder Quentin Tarantino idolizes it so much and was able to pay some homage to it with his "Kill Bill" movies.


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