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Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi
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February 1977 (USA) See more »
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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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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
Feng Wang .... production manager (as Fung Wang)
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
Gregory Hatanaka .... distribution consultant
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:Tous publics | Portugal:M/18 | UK:X (cut) (1977) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
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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 »
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 »
One Armed Bum:[smashes flies on table with his hand] One, two, three, four, five, six, seven... I killed seven with one blow! A new record! Hahahahahahahaaa! Hey waiter, bring me some more wine and food, would ya? Hahahaha!
Waiter:[after eating, Bum realizes he has no money to pay, gets up and tries to leave] What's this? You leaving? Without paying your bill?
One Armed Bum:And, and what if I haven't paid? Do you know who I am, huh?
Waiter:[laughs incredulously] Who are ya?
One Armed Bum:[slaps waiter's hand] Godammit! You don't know who I am? You never heard of me? Well, listen: Listen all of you! I happen to be the "One Armed Boxer!" See that? I killed seven! That should be enough for you! Yeah, I killed seven with one blow! Did you ever hear of anyone doing that?
[small crowd gathers]
Waiter:Alright, where are the seven men you killed then?
One Armed Bum:Well, they weren't exactly men... they were flies!
[everyone laughs]
Fung Sheng Wu Chi:[Fung Sheng Wu Chi throws flying guillotine at One Armed Bum, decapitating him. Everyone panics and runs. Fung Sheng approaches waiter] Was he the One Armed Boxer?
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Not a film ever likely to make its way into the A.F.I. top 100 this is a quintessential martial arts movie from 1970's Hong Kong in the post Bruce Lee years.The plot which could hardly be called derivative is about a maniac who is seeking revenge for the loss of a loved one at the hands of a one-armed man.No Richard Kimble he,this genius decides the best way to achieve justice is to kill every one-armed man in China by use of a guillotine attached to the end of a rope.As anyone would!He meets his match at the hands of the movie's director and star Jimmy Wang Yu who played the same part in the earlier "THE ONE ARMED BOXER" which explained how our hero became deficient in the upper limb department.Before these two screaming,screeching antagonists meet at the climax in a fight that lasts about 45 minutes we are treated to a ludicrously prolonged tournament sequence where each contestant is more bizarre than the one before and includes a Hindu who can stretch his arms out yards like a cartoon superhero.This guy is no masterpiece of special effects and seems to have stilts up his sleeves."FLYING GUILLOTINE" is typical of a Wang Yu movie;he was H.K's numero uno Kung Fu star before Bruce Lee came along and disguised his unspectacular fighting style with outlandish plots and gimmicks that usually saw him take on legions of opponents at a time whilst losing body parts at a rate of knots.If you have a stomach for this sort of thing and I am delighted to say that I have;this is as good a way as any of spending 80 minutes of your allotted life span.

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