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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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Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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

Connections

Featured in Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003) See more »

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Killer Shaw slicer
20 September 2004 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

Was this the film that started the whole decapitating fad?

A very atypical Shaw Bros story here that doesn't involve your typical training to enter Shaolin temple or revenge motif. Instead, you're not sure who to root for or jeer at. My favorite scenes include anyone with the flying guillotine. Just seeing those bodies headless and limbs flailing (the red paint smears were a great gory touch!). By the end, there's double crossing and power corrupts. Really great use of Shaw Studios sets and the colors and costumes looked great on this Celestial DVD release. Also, stick with it and you get a great finish to boot. So, while not a classic Shaw Bros film, this one is a "cut" above the rest.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flying Guillotine See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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