These are films reviewed on the cult movie podcast Junk Food Dinner ( www.junkfooddinner.com/ ).
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.
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.…
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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.
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.
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.
After a Kung Fu master known as the One-Armed Boxer kills two assassins (events that occurred in the previous film - The One-Armed Boxer), the assassins' old, blind master vows revenge. He descends upon the village with his amazing, brutally deadly weapon, the Flying Guillotine. With his weapon, he snatches the head off of anyone he hears described as being one-armed, which seems to be an unusually large portion of the population.
In the meantime, the Eagle Claw Kung Fu School is putting on a tournament, welcoming fighters from all over China and, reluctantly, elsewhere. Each fighter is an expert in wildly different styles, from Muay Thai Kickboxing, to Monkey Kung Fu, to an incredible limb-stretching style from an Indian…
This film answers the question "what if someone made a live action film based on how I used to play with action figures when I was ten?" The answer: A cinematic masterpiece. 6/5 stars, an extra star for its awesome soundtrack.
I didn't blink an eye at the spotty image quality -- the version Fandor's streaming made like grindhouse Traffic with the unintentional blue tint on some shots / scenes, in addition to unfortunate scratches & frame jumps -- or the missed punches or even that one guy forced to pretend he was one-armed and no-headed as his head and arm were clearly bulging from his gi, but the swastika on the master's tunic never failed to distract me. (NB: I'm the kind of jerk that didn't realize the master wasn't the protagonist until 45 minutes into the film.) (You'd think the wanton decapitation of the bum would've immediately clued me in, but no.) (I also didn't realize this was a sequel…
Seriously though how has the assassin in this movie not been in a single Mortal Kombat yet?
No subtitles, OCCASIONALLY dubbed. That flying guillotine is pretty gruesome.
I was impressed that good-guy "The One-Armed Boxer" defeated the eponymous bad guy with strategy rather than untouchable kung fu superiority.
MotFG contains characters who might be the inspirations for Dhalsim and Chun Li of Street Fighter 2.
Pai Mei of Kill Bill fame looks an awful lot like the Master.
The good guys were all Chinese. Most of the bad guys were random foreigners: Thai, Japanese, Indian. Writer/director/star Jimmy Wang Yu might be a tad racist.
After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.
Good soundtrack and stunts, but the camera masking is pretty more and the sound effects a little ridiculous.
Scavenger hunt: A movie referenced in a Tarantino flick (visually or verbally).
So nuts. I wish I grew up watching this WTF galore kung-fu flick.
Badly edited nonsense, but fun nonsense with a lot of strange fighters on display. Who knew that Krautrock would pair so well with a kung fu film?
OK, how the hell does a kung fu movie wind up with music from Neu, Kraftwerk, and Tangerine Dream and I only find out about it today?? Has a really great unrelenting pace, some good fights, pretty inventive (like kung fu fight in a burning house that is fairly brutal).
All the films I could find that QT uses as reference points in his films.
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