Master of the Flying Guillotine
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|Master of the Flying Guillotine|
|Master of the Flying Guillotine|
American theatrical release poster
|Mandarin||Dú Bì Quán Wáng Dà Pò Xuě Dī Zǐ|
|Cantonese||Duk6 Bei3 Kyun4 Wong4 Daai6 Po3 Hyut3 Dik1 Zi2|
|Directed by||Jimmy Wang|
|Produced by||Wong Cheuk-hon|
|Written by||Jimmy Wang Yu|
|Starring||Jimmy Wang Yu
|Music by||Frankie Chan|
|Editing by||Kwok Ting-hung|
|Distributed by||Epoch Entertainment (Cinema Epoch) & Pathfinder Pictures|
|Running time||81 minutes|
Master of the Flying Guillotine is a 1976 Taiwanese wuxia film starring Jimmy Wang Yu, who also wrote and directed the film. It is a sequel to Wang's 1971 film One Armed Boxer, and thus the film is also known as One-Armed Boxer 2 and The One Armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine.
The film concerns Wang's one-armed martial arts master being stalked by an imperial assassin, the master of two fighters (the Tibetan lamas) who were killed in the previous film. When the One-Armed Boxer is invited to attend a martial arts tournament, his efforts to lie low are unsuccessful, and the assassin soon tracks him down with the help of his three subordinates competing in the tournament: a Thai boxer, a yoga master, and a kobojutsu user.
The title refers to the assassin's weapon, the "flying guillotine", which resembles a hat with a bladed rim attached to a long chain. Upon enveloping one's head, the blades cleanly decapitate the victim with a quick pull of the chain. A tagline calls it "The Most gruesome weapon ever conceived".
- Jimmy Wang Yu as the One-armed Boxer
- Kam Kong as Fung Sheng Wu Chi
- Doris Lung as Wu's daughter
- Sham Chin-bo as Nai Men, the Thai boxer
- Lung Fei as Yakuma
- Wong Wing-sang as Indian fighter (The film gives him the name Yogi Tro Le Soung)
- Sit Hon as tournament referee
- Lau Kar-wing as fighter with a three-section staff
- Wong Fei-lung as One-armed boxer's student
- Yu Chung-chiu as Wu Chang Sang
- Shan Mao as bamboo cutter
- Wang Tai-lang as Ma Wu Kung, Monkey stylist
- Shih Ting-ken as One-armed boxer's student
- Lung Sai-ga as Wang Jiang
- Philip Kwok as Chang Chia Yu
- Lung Fong as Tiger Fists / nose-picking fight
- Sun Jung-chi as Daredevil Lee San
- Wong Lik as Tornado Knives Lei Kung
- Hsieh Hsing as one-armed fighter
- Ma Chin-ku as fighter walking on poles
- Su Chen-ping as blind monk's disciple
- Hau Pak-wai as fighter with long braid
- Cheung Yee-kwai as blind monk's short disciple
- Tang Tak-cheung as Tung Erh
- Au Lap-bo as one-armed fake boxer
- Yeung Fui-yuk as waiter
- Ho Wai-hung as Mongolian fighter
- Kwan Hung as student
- Woo Chau-ping as coffin maker
- Wong Chi-sang as Wu's student
- Ching Kuo-chung as drummer
- Tai Chi-hsien
- Lau Yau-bun
- Chan Sam-lam
- Tsang Ming-cheong
- Ng Ho
The film had a mostly positive reception, and currently holds a 90% rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Now the film is in full release on TV and DVD: it has even enjoyed a run on Cable Stations and has become a cult classic among the many martial arts films that appeared during the 1970s.
Most of the music in the film is taken from Krautrock bands Neu!, Tangerine Dream, and Kraftwerk. Rights issues with the score later caused the Australian DVD release to entirely replace the soundtrack.
Quentin Tarantino has cited the film as "one of my favorite movies of all time." In his film Kill Bill, he used the villain's theme music briefly when O-Ren Ishii appeared, as well as the film's protagonist's hiding on the ceiling in the same manner as the imperial assassin in this film.
In The Boondocks episode Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy, the Hateocracy member, Lord Rufus Crabmiser, used a flying guillotine disguised as a lobster trap to attack the Freeman family and ultimately kill Bushido Brown.
In 1977 a prequel called Fatal Flying Guillotine was made by Hong Kong director Raymond Liu. It serves as an origin story for the evil Master: as a young man he was once a Buddhist monk who betrayed his friends to steal the Flying Guillotine, then in the possession of the elderly (and insane) Master Wu.
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