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The Flying Guillotine (1975)

Xue di zi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | October 1981 (USA)
An assassin, trained in the use of a throwing weapon that can behead its victims from a distance, questions the morality of his missions and becomes a fugitive hunted by his former comrades.

Director:

Meng Hua Ho

Writer:

Kuang Ni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kuan Tai Chen ... Ma Teng
Feng Ku ... Xin Kang
Hung Wei ... Ah Kun / Xu Shuangkun
Wu Chi Liu ... Yu Ping
Ti Ai ... Wanzhu
Wei Tu Lin ... Luo Peng
Yue Wong ... Xie Tianfu
Yang Chiang ... Emperor Yung Cheng
Norman Chu ... Zhou Zhizhong (as Shao Chiang Hsu)
Ricky Hui ... Cheng Ziping (as Kuan-Ying Hsu)
Sau Kei Lee ... Minister Chen Lieh
Lung Lei Lung Lei ... Cha Zhiliang
Peng-Fei Li ... Yan Lebu
Wen-Wei Lin ... Wang Xiaoliang
Chi Chin Wu Chi Chin Wu ... Chen Xinyi
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Storyline

Chen Kuan-tai battles assassins that use a deadly, beheading weapon to kill dissidents. Based on true events, the film's weapon was completely fabricated because in real life, no one ever survived to tell what the weapon actually looked like. Written by Celestial Pictures

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flying Guillotine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally released and reissued in the 1980's (in the U.K. at least) in 3D. See more »

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Referenced in The Heroic Trio (1993) See more »

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Not As Good As I Thought It Would Be
22 June 2001 | by premiumcreamSee all my reviews

This film is unlike any Shaw Bros. movie I have ever seen. It is about a man who invents a new weapon. It's a flying hat type thing that cuts people's heads off. The man presents it to the evil emperor and the Emperor hires him to teach a squad of soldiers how to use the weapon. A series of events happens and finally after about 35 minutes a main character is established. He runs away from the training camp and the inventor is instructed by the Emperor to hunt him down. This is a long movie by Shaw standards, almost 2 hours long. Also it features the worst fight choreography I've ever seen. It's a pretty original concept, but it should've been executed better. Overall I give it a 5/10.


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