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The Guillotines (2012)

Xue di zi (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 14 June 2013 (USA)
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An elite crime-fighting unit in the court of the Chinese emperor relies on flying swords to defeat their enemies.

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(as Andrew Lau)

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Bai Lan (as Vivien Li)
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During the Manchurian-ruled Qing Dynasty, Emperor Yong Zheng established a secret assassination squad known as the Guillotines to eliminate all who opposed him. Once heavily favored by the Emperor, the Guillotines are deemed expendable once Emperor Qian Long ascends to the throne and adopts Western ideas and technology. To consolidate his power under a new regime, the Emperor continues to use the Guillotines to persecute the conquered Han Chinese in a reign of terror and oppression. Written by Anynomous

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Rated R for strong violent content | See all certifications »
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Guilhotina  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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In one scene where soldiers are firing muskets, bullets can be seen flying through the air, with and without a 'tracer' effect. As well as the fact that tracer bullets were not invented until the 20th Century, a bullet cannot be perceived in flight if fired from a gun at lethal velocity. See more »

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Daofeng pian leng
Performed by Yuchun Li
Composed by Jay Chou
Lyrics by Vincent Fang
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The movie gives you new light about the world
14 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

I am not really sure why this movie is only rated at 3.9 over 10 points right now, but to myself, this movie opens up new light about what the country wants, may not be for the particular good of the people, but for sure, it will be for the good of the country itself.

And this applies for the king, the emperor, the ruler, or the people at power, or the companies at power, or the companies that make a lot of money and thus can be powerful (think junk food companies, for example).

So this movie does open up new lights for me, to be not so gullible.

The part about the guy hoping to have a small peaceful community, that seems familiar, although I can't recall at the moment which other movie has this. But I certain don't feel it is copy-cat, but is quite original and occurs naturally in the movie.

I would say, don't be swayed by the low score of the movie, but still give it a try and see for yourself.


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