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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.
Fatal Flying Guillotines will always hold a place in my heart on account of it being the first old school kung fu film I ever bought. It proved to be something of a gateway film for me, since I now have a hundred odd assorted old school, new wave and generalised Hong Kong action on DVD. Thus I have a bit of a sentimental attachment to this film, although it isn't that great really. The plot has a young Carter Wong first trying to save his mother from illness, then going up against the evil flying guillotine master. Carter Wong is on pretty decent form fighting wise and the choreography is OK, but unspectacular. The group fight scenes are less effective than the one on one fights, but some of the one on one fights are pretty nifty, especially when the deadly guillotine master is involved. He uses a pair of them, and some kind of internal gyroscope allows them to fly around, which is fun. The decapitation effects are pretty laughable and the other bits of bloodshed aren't up to much either, but they are sort of dumb fun to see. The film definitely lacks the gravitas of the Shaw Brother's take on this legendary weapon or the crazy genius of Master Of The Flying Guillotine but its quite enjoyable, with a cool villain. I think Chen Sing is the bad guy, though neither this site nor my DVD make it clear. In any case he's pretty ace, and kills a lot of people. All in all I wouldn't recommend this to anyone other than dedicated old school kung fu enthusiasts who want to see all the films involving the Flying Guillotine. Or folks who like their martial arts served with a side of fantastical silliness. Either way I suspect this is quite hard to get hold of. I have a copy from the mysterious label Vengeance Video who I believe were part of DVD.com, but inputing DVD.com never uncovered anything about Vengeance Video. They would release films with picture and sound quality ranging from quite good in this films case, to sometimes so dreadful it was hard to believe they even bothered. In terms of looks and sound this film was one of their best. It was even in widescreen. Just a shame it wasn't one of the best of the films they released (that would have been something like The Invincible Armour). Anyhoo, this is mostly one for completists.
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