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The Drunken Monk Bellows Belligerantly About MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE!!

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

So Mr. Beaks just moved to LA.

If you don’t know who Beaks is, then run a search on the site (make sure you put “Mr. Beaks” in quotes in the search field) and bask in the glory of one of my favorite writers anywhere on the Web on the subject of film. He used to be our guy in NYC, but now circumstance has driven him west, and he got into town just in time to celebrate my birthday with some other friends. We all went to see WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? at the El Capitan in Hollywood. Since then, I’ve seen him a few other times, including a late show last week of MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, which we went to see with the one and only Neil Cumpston (whose BLADE 2 review here on AICN was some sort of masterpiece).

If you get a chance to see the film in the months ahead (check HERE to see if it’s going to be playing in your neighborhood anytime soon), prepare yourself. It’s a good ol’ fashioned double dose of ass-kickin’ martial arts madness that must be seen to be believed.

I loved seeing this film in a theater packed with people. They all got it, and they all seemed to have a great time. There was a lot of laughter, but it’s that sort of giddy disbelief, not derisive laughter because the film is bad. It’s not. It’s dated and crazy and tries some lunatic moves here and there, but it doesn’t matter. There’s energy to spare in the film, and you can’t help but realize just how many other films and video games have been obviously influenced by this one in the years since its initial release.

If you are lucky enough to see the film in the theater, take your friends. Make a night out of it. You’ll be happy you did. In the meantime, here’s the Drunken Monk with his take on things:

Came back from Cinema Village a little while ago, caught *Master of the Flying Guillotine*. *OMG!!!* That movie was great. Been a while since I've seen one of those 70's Kung Fu flicks. It was fucking hilarious, the tournament sequence with that crazy guy with the fan... The guy that obviously was the basis for Dhalsim from Street Fighter (Yes he did *FUCKING* stretch his arms and wack people around!), the guy that reminded me of the Lightning dude in *Big Trouble in Little China*...

Screw it, everyone from that tournament scene kicked ass... Even the guy who practiced "/Monkey-Boxing/".

Even with all of that... the *Master of the Flying Guillotine* was still the man... He fucking had a theme song, how come bad guys don't have theme songs anymore? Everytime he stepped out like the complete and total *BADASS* he was you got this random ass theme music, but it was damn cool cause that blind dude was the man. The *One-Armed Boxer* was pretty cool I guess too, but i mean shit I guess it's cause I wasn't chinese so none of the guys charisma went into the translation... You just don't understand, the *Master of the Flying Guillotine* is the man.

Alright since I know none of you guys are going to actually watch this I'll try to explain the empty ass story for you. The whole thing starts off with this guy seeking revenge on the *One-Armed Boxer* for killing two of his disciples. His weapon of choice is of course the /Flying Guillotine/ which was like a red hat with blades on the outside and inside connected to a metal chain. He'd throw the Flying Guillotine onto someones head, or a bamboo stick or practically anything... He'd pull the chain then the hat would spin, lop the guys head off and return to him with a little souvenir:). Did I mention he's blind? So bassically this guys on a man hunt looking for a One-Armed man, then stuff happens they goto a tournament theres a bunch of ass-kicking, then theres a sort of series of final battles between the Masters henchmen and the One-Armed Boxer, then of course the final battle. It's all good stuff if you like ghetto-ass old Kung Fu movies.

Man the movie just got so much cooler after the *Master of the Flying Guillotine* accidentally killed the wrong One-Armed man... cause after that you just saw how much of a *BADASS* he was, he didn't feel any remorse he just bassically decides to kill every One-Armed man he finds. It was fucking hilarious that's all I got to say.

I wont act like this is some great movie with a story or anything, or that it's a crystal clear presentation in a great theater with kickass sound. It's the same kind of movie that used to come on network TV in the 80's with every movement making the same exact wooshing sound, every so often you can see the films color change but you know what? IT DOESN'T MATTER!!! This movie kicks ass hard and if you think you like old-school Kung Fu don't miss this:)...

-- DrunkenMoNk

The official site says it's coming to Austin August 2nd to the Landmark Dobie, so I guess you got a long ways ahead of you to seeing it again:)...

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  • June 4, 2002, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I've actually seen this movie! (oh yeah - SECOND!)

    by jrcash

    I saw this when I was about ten years old. The part with the blind guy and the hero was awesome. This movie, along with the immortal Ninja 3:The Domination, are the only reasons why I still give otherwise dumb kung-fu movies a chance. I can't believe you all get to see it on a big screen. But I saw this movie when I was little and have NEVER forgotten it, even though I only saw it once. That's how good it is!

  • June 4, 2002, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I too have seen this movie...

    by ThePope

    ...and it fucking rules! The Master is one hard mother, and his theme music is perfect. I especially liked the Indian version of Stretch Armstrong. It's good to see it back on the big screen, can't wait until it comes to Austin.

  • June 4, 2002, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Alas, I think this movie is already available to buy thanks to A

    by EL Duderino

    If you want something else to rant about... SEE DRUNKEN WU-TANG!!! INVINCIBLE SUPER CHAN!!!(wrong order?) RIKI OH: THE STORY OF RICKY!!! THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN!!! (The first 20 min at least)

  • June 4, 2002, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I do indeed like ghetto-ass old kung-fu movies.

    by Sod Off Baldric

    And I really hope to see this one as it sounds like it kicks much ass (as the kids say).

  • June 4, 2002, 11:58 a.m. CST

    This movie is da bomb, yo!

    by IAmLegolas

    Hope this comes out on DVD so I can ditch my archived copy of it. Caught a showing at the Fairfax Laemmle's with a crowd. Weeee!! Couple things I noticed... lots of added scenes including a discussion between the emperor guy and his daughter, the tournament scene was extended by about 3 fights, some extra scenes with the Master, a scene where The One Armed Boxer reflects on the strenght of bamboo. Also I guess the soundtrack IS original to the movie, I previously thought the mechanical synth heavy soundtrack was Kraftwerk or something. Hope it comes out on CD.

  • June 4, 2002, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I own this DVD - I bought it from

    by Wankeroo

    The only available DVD's of this movie aren't widescreen. I hope a widescreen version will be released soon! Another cool movie that reminds me of the Fatal Guillotines is White Lotus(or White Lotus Clan?).

  • June 4, 2002, 1:34 p.m. CST

    oops - I own "The Fatal Flying Guillotine"...

    by Wankeroo

    I wathced the trailer from the link above( and realized that I have never seen the "Master Of the Flying Guillotine" before! I'm going to have to keep my eyes out for this on DVD. From what I can tell it looks like 'Master of the flying guillotine' is 2 years older than 'The Fatal Flying Guillotine'.

  • June 4, 2002, 1:47 p.m. CST

    blah... Wang Yu sucks...

    by Devils Halo

    I never liked Master of the Flying Guillotine, Wang Yu was just a slow version dude with a total of two facial expressions. even eliminating frames didn't help him look any faster. If you want a good guillotine flick.. get Flying Guillotine with Chen Kuan Tai. As much as I like the old school flicks, I can't like um when they're corny as hell. And does anyone know when Celestial Pictures will be releassing the newly restored Shaw Bros library? I heard they screened 36th Chamber of Shaolin and i wanted someone to review it. Now there's a good old school kung fu movie... Master Killer at his best.

  • June 4, 2002, 4:31 p.m. CST

    My God, at last someone else has seen this film!

    by deathwish6

    This is a superb sequel to One Armed Boxer. The bloke who says Wang Yu is shit can suck my cock, he's fantastic. Without Chinese Boxer there would be no Big Boss, no Fist of Fury. He's a Kung Fu Auteur genius.

  • June 4, 2002, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Yeah baby! This movie is soooo classic! I'm so stoked this i

    by Tarl_Cabot

    I Love this movie! I can't wait for the DVD. Sweet!

  • June 4, 2002, 9:06 p.m. CST


    by StarUnlit

    You're the man... KRAFTWERK (with Bowie singing in Cantonese) should do the soundtracks to every Kungploitation movie ever!!! Sweet....

  • June 5, 2002, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Just saw this in NYC on 12th st

    by Hunchentoot

    Gadzooks, what a great movie! Decapitatin'-Hat-Fu! Monkey-Fu! One-handed-Fu! (two flavors!) Nightstick-Fu! Hatchet-Fu! Hes-got-four-elbows- on-two-arms-Fu! The print seemed to be edited from two or three different masters, with a few shots in somewhat poor condition. The copyright at the end was 2002; this appears to be some sort of 'extended deluxe edition'. Don't miss this movie under any circumstances! The groovy title sequence demonstrates the perils of attempting optical typography effects on an unfamiliar alphabet...

  • June 5, 2002, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Turkish:I haven't seen MOTFG since around1980 but I remember

    by Tarl_Cabot

    Why not have a look before you trash it? It's a great b movie;it was bold too. Would hollywood ever feature a melodrama with two minorly handicapped badasses as the stars? (One-arm hero vs.Blind villian) Give it a try dude... I once had a great Kung Fu teacher named Jason Lee who told me that TMOTFG was the greatest Kung Fu movie ever.I took him at his word because I've yet to see one as outrageously entertaining.