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Palace Carnage (1978)

Can ku da ci sha (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure | 19 January 1978 (Hong Kong)
The emperor's reign of terror expands. Heroic outlaw Ma Teng joins a squad of female rebels, whose leader is torn between family loyalties.


Kang Cheng, Shan Hua


Kang Cheng (screenplay), Yung-Chang Li (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Feng Ku ... Emperor Yung Cheng
Chung Wang ... Pai Tai-kung
Hung Wei ... Kang Chen-feng
Locke Hua Liu ... Chiang Chang-feng (as Liu Lu-hua)
Nancy Yen ... Lu Szu-niang (as Nan Hsi Yen)
Mei Sheng Fan ... Yi Sheng-lei
Chung Tien Shih ... Kan Feng-chih
Szu Shih ... Na Lan
Lung Ti ... Ma Teng
Lieh Lo ... Suen Pao-ying
Szu-Chia Chen ... Ma Yu-ping
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fei Ai
Chi-Ping Chang
Chih-Hung Chang Chih-Hung Chang
Hsi Chang


The heroic Ma Teng has developed a counter to the Flying Guillotines attack, and when word reaches The Emperor, who is more bloodthirsty than ever, he creates a new deadlier version and trains a squad of female assassins to use it. Now Ma must help the gang of rebels trying to overthrow the evil tyrant and create a new counter-weapon to defeat the improved Guillotine.

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Action | Adventure


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The updated Guillotine developed is more lethal than the previous Guillotine. See more »


Although the emperor is always shown wearing a hat, his hair style keeps changing from one scene to another. His side-burns are full, or shaved (bald wig applied), then back again, throughout the film. See more »


Followed by The Vengeful Beauty (1978) See more »

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Worthy sequel to the original
20 June 2009 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

There're four movies with Flying Guillotine as part of its title. This one closely follows the plot of the first Flying Guillotines (1975) where the main character Ma Teng was played by Chen Kuan Tai. Chen did a masterful job of portraying this character, and in this sequel, Lung Ti plays the part with equal authority. Beautiful Taiwanese actor Szu Shih plays the female lead in this movie.

The plot picks up where the original Flying Guillotines left off. Ma Teng and his family has now established their life in the country, but they can never let their guards down because the emperor's assassins are after them. Emperor Yung Cheng is still the tyrant he was in the first movie, and demands that a modifications be made to the flying guillotine to counter Ma Teng's iron umbrella defense. Now a two stage flying guillotine is invented as a result. Na Lan (Szu Shih) is hired by the emperor to train a squad of women assassins to wield the flying guillotine, but she is righteous at heart, and sides with Ma Teng. A plot is hatched to assassinate the emperor, and together they go to the palace.

In my opinion, this and the first Flying Guillotines are the two with first class quality which makes them classics amongst the kung-fu movies from Shaw Brothers. The other two, The Fatal Flying Guillotines, and Master of the Flying Guillotine is of lower quality production, and are not in the same league as these.

Beautiful kung-fu action along with good story, good acting and great cinematography makes this one of the best movie to come out of Shaw Brothers. This is a really exciting movie and all the right talents have gathered to create one of the masterpieces of kung-fu movies.

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19 January 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

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A Guilhotina Voadora 2 See more »

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Hong Kong, China

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