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The Guillotines (2012) More at IMDbPro »Xue di zi (original title)

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The Guillotines -- From the director of the Infernal Affairs trilogy, The Guillotines is a secret assassination squad sworn to eliminate all who oppose the Emperor.
The Guillotines -- An elite crime-fighting unit in the court of the Chinese emperor relies on flying swords to defeat their enemies.


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14 June 2013 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Xiaoming Huang ... Wolf
Ethan Juan ... Leng
Purba Rgyal ... Chentai
Tian Gao ... Hutu
Yi Wei Zhou ... Buka (as Zhou Yiwei)
Boran Jing ... Shisan
Peng Guo ... Su

Yuchun Li ... Musen

Yu Wang ... Gong-E (as Jimmy Wang Yu)
Li Meng ... Bai Lan (as Vivien Li)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shih-Chieh Chin ... Wan Jiang (as Jin Shijia)
Sofia Gonzalez ... Walla Child (voice)
Wai-Keung Lau ... Yongzheng

Kenzie Pallone ... Walla Child (voice)
Stephy Tang

Zhang Wen ... Qianlong

Shawn Yue ... Haidu

Directed by
Wai-Keung Lau  (as Andrew Lau)
Writing credits
Oi Wah Lam  (as Aubrey Lam) &
Joyce Chan  &
Yuet-Jan Hui  (as Jojo Hui Yuet-Chun) and
Peter Tsi  co-writer &
Junli Guo  co-writer &
Koon-nam Lui  co-writer (as Philip Lui)

Produced by
Peter Chan .... executive producer (as Peter Ho-Sun Chan)
Peter Chan .... producer (as Peter Ho-Sun Chan)
Ellen Chang .... administrative producer (as Ellen Cheung)
Simon Chen .... co-producer
Siu Kin Cheung .... line producer
Guoqing Gu .... executive producer
Lorraine Ho .... administrative producer
Mei Hong .... co-producer
Qin Hong .... executive producer
Yuet-Jan Hui .... producer (as Jojo Hui Yuet-Chun)
Peter Lam .... executive producer
Wai-Keung Lau .... producer (as Andrew Lau)
Yao Lu .... line producer (as York Lu)
Peter Poon .... co-producer (as Peter Eugene Poon)
Teng-Kuei Yang .... executive producer (as Tengkuei Yang)
Jing Zhi-Gang .... co-producer (as Jing Zhigang)
Yang Zhi-Guo .... executive producer (as Yang Zhiguo)
Li Zhou .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kwong Wing Chan (original score)
Cinematography by
Yuen Man Fung (director of photography) (as Edmond Fung)
Film Editing by
Wai Chiu Chung  (as Azrael Chung)
Production Design by
Kenneth Mak 
Art Direction by
Sai-Wan Lau 
Costume Design by
Dora Ng 
Kui Zhao 
Makeup Department
Mark Garbarino .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Hong Tao .... production executive
Ada Foo Yeuk-Jing .... production executive (as Ada Foo)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fei Wong .... first assistant director (as Wong Fei Fei)
Art Department
Songbo Wang .... props
Sound Department
Kinson Tsang .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Geneviève Coulombe .... conversion
Marc-Olivier Parent .... special effects technician: Vision Globale
Visual Effects by
Mathieu Archambault .... compositing supervisor: Vision Globale
Daniel Boivin .... compositor: Vision Globale
Amélie Dubois .... compositor: Vision Globale
Maxime Ferland .... stereo compositor: Vision Globale
Lisa Funkel .... compositor: Vision Globale
Patricia Gaumond .... compositor: Vision Globale
Emanuel LaFrance .... compositor: Vision Globale
Maxime Lemieux .... stereo compositor
Jacques Levesque .... visual effects supervisor: Vision Globale
Jeremie Lodomez .... compositor: Vision Globale
Viviane Lévesque Bouchard .... compositor: Vision Globale
Jean-Philippe Marchand .... visual effects
E.W.Y. Tang .... stereoscopic coordinator
Alexandre Tremblay .... compositor: Vision Globale
Alexandra Vaillancourt .... visual effects line producer: Vision Globale
Emily Vaillancourt .... compositor: Vision Globale
Victor Wong .... visual effects: Nova VFX
Jun-Chi Chan .... assistant action choreographer
Siu-Lung Ha .... assistant action choreographer
Ping Han .... assistant action choreographer
Tat Chiu Lee .... action choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sui Hung Chow .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Stéphane Ma .... assistant colorist

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Xue di zi" - China (original title)
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Rated R for strong violent content
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Passable HK action drama flick, 11 February 2013
Author: helmutty from Singapore

When the trailers were released, it seemed that The Guillotines will be packed with action with the titular weapon. And with Andrew Lau at helm, what could go wrong? The fact that Andrew wants this to be more of a drama about brothers rather than a guilty pleasure is disappointing. But it is not that bad and this still has some value of entertainment.

The story: The movie starts off with a cool action scene with The Guillotines, a group, using the titular weapons against some 'bad guys'. After that, Wolf escapes from being executed. It leads to another action scene with the briefly appeared titular weapons. However that is all you see for the weapons in action. The Guillotines is tasked to find Wolf. Those waiting to see the weapons appearing again will be disappointed. There is plenty of action but the weapons are not featured in other than the first two action scenes. The climax is a huge disappointment. I thought the climax will the next action scene that will feature the weapons. The climax contains lots of explosions and that is about it. No epic fight scene. Acting wise is okay, not distracting.

Overall: It should not be called The Guillotines. It is one of those misleading title. Without the special titular weapon, this is just an ordinary action drama movie which feels over-long at times. It is not bad but it is a disappointment.

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Not much use of the actual weapon... badgerbun
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