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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 ... 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:

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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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Followed by Can ku da ci sha (1978) See more »

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Total classic !
9 June 2009 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

I like kung-fu films starring Chen Kuan Tai, but this one is special even for him. In my opinion, this is the baddest kung-fu movie ever made because of the weapon that's used and how its victims dies one after another under its nefarious power. This first and (imo) best of the Flying Guillotine sagas, has actual plot and a story for a change, and good acting and quality cinematography.

The idea is shocking, and the way its ruthlessly used is even more so, but that's what makes this film extra special good. Basically, 12 assassin ninjas who are trained to use the flying guillotine goes out killing unsuspecting victims one by one from a distance they never suspect attacks to come from. And of course all the people standing around them pee in their pants to see the head get sliced off their body.

Along with Executioner from Shaolin, this is one of the best movie Chen Kuan Tai starred in, and one of the best kung-fu action movie made in the '70s.

Watch this along with its equally high quality sequel - Flying Guillotines II (1978) where it picks up where this story left off.

Highly recommended.


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