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One Armed Boxer Vs. The Flying Guillotine, The
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"I've just got to get me one of them flying guillotines..."
4 stars

Contrary to the impression you probably got from all those goofy old kung fu flicks, there's nothing really exotic or magical about the martial arts. It's all a matter of mastering body mechanics, really. The fun of movies like this (known under several titles; it's on DVD as MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE) lies in how unreal they are--trust me, there is no martial arts style on this planet that can teach you how to (a) walk on walls, (b) stretch out your arms to extreme lengths, or (c) use your ponytail as a lethal weapon. That's what makes this movie, one of the coolest kung fu flicks ever, such a blast.

The flying guillotine of the title is this weird contraption that's basically a frisbee lined with razors and connected to a long chain. It's owned by a blind martial arts master who likes to toss it onto people's heads and decapitate them instantly. He's out to avenge himself on the infamous One-Armed Boxer, who slew several of his proteges; the old man is going about this by wandering the countryside and killing off every one-armed man in sight.

Right in the middle of this revenge drama is an Enter the Dragon-type martial arts tournament, featuring brilliantly choreographed fight scenes that really have to be seen to be appreciated. The fights are silly and unbelievable, closer to ballet than streetfighting--but realism is not what the filmmakers were after. The film's weirdo faux-fu makes up in imagination and gonzo spirit what it lacks in authenticity. It's wonderful escapism, and it hardly matters that you can't take it seriously for a second.

Meanwhile, I'm going to practice holding my breath. That's how the One-Armed Boxer is able to climb up those walls, you see....

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4/21/12 Matthew Thompson Dalldorf Solid sequel, lives up to the first! 4 stars
6/16/04 El Queso Great, freakish kung fu movie with lots of strange violence and odd fighting styles. Cool! 4 stars
7/05/03 Adam It was fan-fuckin-tastic!! 4 stars
6/18/03 Boden Best movie, with traditional Martial Art's 5 stars
6/14/03 goat commander this film is completely excellent. What a cult showing. 5 stars
11/02/02 Buddha Hilariously awful. 3 stars
12/15/98 Binky Wang goes to the well once more, and the result is just as funny as the first. Hilarious. 4 stars
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  02-Feb-1975 (R)


  02-Jul-1975 (MA)

Directed by
  Yu Wang

Written by
  Yu Wang

  Yu Wang
  Tak Chi Chen
  Fu Chiang Chi
  Tien Wu Chu
  Pai Cheng Hau
  Wai Hsiung Ho

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