Movies that are slightly off.
Master of the Flying Guillotine
A one-armed martial arts master is 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 lay 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.
I got to experience this crazy and insanely entertaining martial arts film for my first time on the big screen in New York, with the star/writer/director Jimmy Wang Yu himself just three theater rows ahead of my father and I in the crowd. A fun Q&A, pictures, handshakes and autographs took place with this ultimate badass as well. It was quite an awesome event/day.
Super 16 Autobahn Rubycon
Just last week I heard some joker (actually my boss and pal and founder of the company I work for) crediting William Friedkin with discovering Tangerine Dream for soundtrack music. Everyone should know it was actually Jimmy Wang Yu.
And that tournament scene is not too long, it's everything. Love this trash.
My pet peeve of seeing footage from previous films was probably present here, but I have not seen the previous films--and was unaware there was one--so I was unaffected by it. In retrospect, I should have guessed, but this film is so bananas, I was too busy gawking to think about it. If you want some great fight sequences, clever ones at that, and some interesting, over-the-top characters/martial artists, step right up. My favorite is the Indian assassin (probably played by a Chinese man in some unfortunate racial cross-casting) with the extending arms, a la Dhalsim (probably, in retrospect, the Street Fighter series was completely racist? I'm not going back to find out... wait "yoga flame"? Yeah, probably completely racist.…
Instead of Rock/Paper/Scissors I will now institute Guillotine/Bamboo/Coffin as my go-to game
Things I loved about this: The music, which I've been informed is made up of tracks from bands like Neu and Kraftwerk. I need to listen to more of these bands immediately. The guillotine, which carries with it a sound effect that is not unlike that discordant sound that runs throughout Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin Feminin, which makes me think that movie could have used a scene with Jean-Pierre Leaud gets his head pulled off by a flying guillotine. And the guy with the extending arms.
Rating might go down if/when I see it again, not as the after-midnight last half of a kung fu triple bill, then again it might go up.
the one & only classic Master of the Flying Guillotine is exactly what i want in a martial arts film. badass right out the gate with a simple revenge story and almost non-stop incredible, off the wall fighting. watch this INCREDIBLE opening credits sequence with totally unlicensed music by NEU here :
RIGHT? RIGHT! the whole movie is like that. non-stop bonkers style awesomeness. this is a film where a blind guy with a long white beard and giant eyebrows walks into a room and declares he's going to kill every one armed man he finds. this is that kind of movie and it rules.
dat use of Tangerine Dream
Haven't seen this in years and decided it was time for a revisit. While the film does have its issues and drags a bit in the beginning of the second act (that's somewhat balanced due to the extensive fight sequences) the opening scene and the finale make this one worth the time for martial arts fans. The master of the flying guillotine might be one of my favorite villains in a kung fu film even if he has almost no character arc.
the precursor to every fighting game and anime you have ever seen
Also called One Armed Boxer 2. The transfer isn't great, but the film itself is a lot of fun. The fights are inventive and engaging, never slowing down the film or becoming repetitive. I'm not sure what the score was like originally, but the score used for the copy on Hulu is highly remenescent of Barry de Vorzon's work on The Warriors.
This was every bit as nuts, and a lot more fun than I'd expected.
Seriously, how can you stuff a twenty minute tournament sequence with almost non-stop combat into a film and have it work so well?
The master of the flying guillotine is probably one of the best villains in movie history!
Didn't expect Dhalsim.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Maybe it was the bad English dubbing, but I was lead to believe that the titular guillotine master was the (anti-)hero of the film, rather than the one armed boxer, who ends up on top by the end.
Either way, it was a fun and often ridiculous kung fu film, despite featuring an incredibly racist "Indian" character.
I'm still steamed I didn't win the Iron Fist, tbh
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