Flying guillotine

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Flying guillotine
Simplified Chinese 血滴子
Traditional Chinese 血滴子
Literal meaning blood dripper

The flying guillotine is a legendary Chinese ranged weapon used during the reign of the Yongzheng Emperor in the Qing Dynasty.

Schematic of the flying guillotine as shown in the 1978 Hong Kong film Flying Guillotine 2.

In media[edit]

Various forms of media often associate the weapon with Tibetan assassins sent to China to kill legendary fighters.

The "improved" guillotine (left) as shown in the 1976 Hong Kong film Master of the Flying Guillotine.

The 1976 Hong Kong film Master of the Flying Guillotine serves as an unofficial sequel to another film Flying Guillotine (1974), produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio and directed by Ho Meng-hwa. In 1978, the Shaw Brothers Studio produced two more movies, The Flying Guillotine 2 and Vengeful Beauty. Other films in which flying guillotines are shown include The Fatal Flying Guillotine (1977), Octopussy (1983), The Heroic Trio (1992), Iron Monkey 2 (1996), Seven Swords (2005), The Machine Girl (2008) and The Guillotines (2012).

The underside of the guillotine as shown in the 1974 Hong Kong film Flying Guillotine.

The flying guillotine is featured in television programmes such as Hung Hei-Gun: Decisive Battle With Praying Mantis Fists (1994), the National Geographic Channel Asia documentary Kung-Fu Killers,[1] and a 2011 episode of Mythbusters.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Geographic Channel Asia 'Kung Fu Killers'". Retrieved 2011-12-18. 

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