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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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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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Heavy drama, stylish action, but not a remake!
3 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Guillotines was sold as the modern day remake of the classic Master Of The Flying Guillotine!

The original was just fantastic. Action packed with amazing kung fu battles and gritty decapitations from the ultimate weapon.

With Andrew Lau's update, we are given a beautifully made drama, with small stylish fight scenes that focus more (with poor CGI) on how these new versions of the guillotine blades, work!

I think that, once you have accepted that this is in no way a remake of such a classic, and only features a bunch of pretty boys with cool weapons, you can enjoy it more and see it as a historical drama with some fun action sequences.

Worth the watch, just not perfect.


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