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Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

Du bi quan wang da po xue di zi (original title)
After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.

Director:

Jimmy Wang Yu

Writer:

Jimmy Wang Yu

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Wang Yu ... Liu Ti Lung, The One-Armed Boxer (as Yu Wang)
Kang Chin ... Fung Sheng Wu Chi
Chun-Erh Lung Chun-Erh Lung ... Wu Shao-tieh (as Kun Yee Lung)
Chia-Yung Liu ... Chang Chia Yu (as Kar Wing Lau)
Lung Wei Wang ... Win-Without-a-Knife Yakuma (as Lung Wang)
Chien-Po Tsen Chien-Po Tsen ... Nai Men
Fei Lung ... Win-Without-a-Knife Yakuma Jiro
Hou-Chiang Chi Hou-Chiang Chi
Ming Fei Wang Ming Fei Wang
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi-Ping Chang
Chung-Kuei Chang Chung-Kuei Chang
Yi-Kuei Chang
Chin-Hai Chen Chin-Hai Chen
Shen-Lin Chen
Tak Chi Chen Tak Chi Chen
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Storyline

The one-armed boxer is stalked by a vengeful flying guillotine expert, after his disciples were killed in the first 'One-Armed Boxer' film. But as the flying guillotine master is blind, he starts his quest by becoming a serial killer of one-armed men. Meanwhile, the one-armed boxer is running a martial arts school, where he teaches his pupils to control their breath so they can run up walls and along ceilings. And there's an Indian fakir whose arms can extend until they're ten feet long. As you may have gathered, a rational plot summary is pretty pointless - but rest assured there are epic martial arts battles and ludicrously inspired moments galore. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

It's A Mean Machine - Cuts Your Head Off Clean! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The rapper Jumpsteady titled his 2005 album "Master of the Flying Guillotine." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 25 mins) While struggling with the One-Armed Boxer in the chicken coop, Fu Sing Wu Chi's guillotine falls off its chain. However, in the next shot it appears in, it seems to have been repaired. See more »

Quotes

One Armed Bum: [smashes flies on table with his hand] One, two, three, four, five, six, seven... I killed seven with one blow! A new record! Hahahahahahahaaa! Hey waiter, bring me some more wine and food, would ya? Hahahaha!
Waiter: [after eating, Bum realizes he has no money to pay, gets up and tries to leave] What's this? You leaving? Without paying your bill?
One Armed Bum: And, and what if I haven't paid? Do you know who I am, huh?
Waiter: [laughs incredulously] Who are ya?
One Armed Bum: [slaps waiter's hand] Godammit! You don't know who I am? You never ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

For its UK cinema release BBFC cuts were made to remove closeups of groin kicks and eye gougings, and to remove all footage of sectioned chain staff. Video and DVD releases feature a shorter print which omits around 12 minutes of footage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Mitternacht
(Suspense theme)
Performed by Kraftwerk
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The most entertaining martial arts movie ever!
18 June 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

This one has to be seen to be believed! Jimmy Wang Yu, star of the Aussie cult classic 'The Man From Hong Kong', writes, directs and stars in this movie, which is one of the most entertaining martial arts movies ever made! The movie opens with wily old blind man Fung Shen Wu Chi (Kang Kam) receiving a message via carrier pigeon from his favourite nephews Tiger and Dragon telling him that they have been killed by the one armed boxer (Wang Yu). Now how they could write this message AFTER they had been killed is still a mystery to me, but this is the kinda movie where you just don't ask questions! So the old man goes off to avenge their deaths, armed with his secret weapon, a flying guillotine. This is a kinda hat box on a rope which he swings. It lands on people's heads and he decapitates them! He also likes to throw explosives at his enemies just to keep them on their toes. Anyway, he travels to a fighting tournament hoping that they one armed boxer will show. Of course he does and we eventually get an exciting climactic battle between the Master Of The Flying Guillotine and the One Armed Boxer. But before that we see a lot of the competitors having individual fights, the most memorable being the "swami master" from India. He's played by a Hong Kong actor in black face, and every time he comes on screen there's sitar music playing just so we know who he is I suppose. The swami has a special talent - he can make his arms extend. This makes for some supremely silly moments which are just hilarious. In fact the whole movie is hilarious. I loved every minute of it! If you like Kung Fu you MUST see this! Highly recommended fun!


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Country:

Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Master of the Flying Guillotine See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,836, 27 May 2002

Gross USA:

$21,779

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,779
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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