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Xue di zi (1975)

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 Hung Wei ... Ah Kun / Xu Shuangkun
Wu Chi Liu ... Yu Ping
Ti Ai ... Wanzhu
Wei Tu Lin Wei Tu Lin ... Luo Peng
Yue Wong Yue Wong ... Xie Tianfu
Yang Chiang Yang Chiang ... Emperor Yung Cheng
Norman Chu ... Zhou Zhizhong (as Shao Chiang Hsu)
Ricky Hui ... Cheng Ziping (as Kuan-Ying Hsu)
Sau Kei Lee Sau Kei Lee ... Minister Chen Lieh
Lung Lei Lung Lei ... Cha Zhiliang
Peng-Fei Li Peng-Fei Li ... Yan Lebu
Wen-Wei Lin 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 Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) See more »

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Not as much fun as Wang Yu film, but moves along quite well.
15 July 2006 | by winner55See all my reviews

This is one of those few movies that enters cinema legend simply because a better remembered film was made in response to it. Flying guillotine was quite popular in its day, thus Wang Yu's idea of stealing an idea from it. Now it's become difficult find.

Of course I saw this after seeing Wang Yu's later film. Consequently I was actually prepared for a film much less fun than the later film.

well, it is a little less fun - but only a little. Ho Meng-hua has really paced this film well - Whenever we reach a point where the plot appears in danger of slowing down, Ho makes sure something happens to recapture our attention.

The cinematography is quite good, and the editor has used the footage well. But my sense is that the largest contribution was from Ho Meng-hwa.

Of course, it helps a little to have Chen Kuan Tai play the hero. Chen was not only a brilliant traditional kung-fu performer, he could also act quite convincingly.

There are a number of slips in the film, but thanks to its pacing, these are easy to ignore. It's definitely a "grand-guinol" B-movie; but I wouldn't have it any other way.


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