Kung Fu Fridays Presents: Master Of The Flying Guillotine

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The Royal Cinema - Toronto says
Kung Fu Fridays has returned to The Royal! Ten years after the series ended its run, it kicks and punches its way back onto the big screen, harder and faster than ever before! Join us for monthly martial arts screenings that range from classics to Holy Grail obscurities to old school thrills from around Asia. Eagle’s talons slash and tear, flying guillotines zip through the air, evil masters laugh maniacally, and struggling students persevere with pugilistic prowess!

>>> Pre-Show Starts at 7:30PM + Feature Starts at 8PM <<<

ON 35MM!!!

Sometimes, a movie title just hits you in the face and demands to be noticed. Not content to have a subtle or ambiguous name, certain films lay it all out and make you want to know if the whole thing can live up to the promise of the nomenclature. As good a movie, and as great a title, as TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE is, it’s a bit of a lie since (SPOILERS) only one person is killed with a chainsaw. All of this is to say that when a movie has a great title, like the 1976 Kung Fu action picture MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, you just hope the rest of the film can measure up. And yes, friends, yes, it does. If you want there to be a master of a flying guillotine, you have come to the right place. If you want fighting aplenty among characters with equally peculiar skills or physical traits, this is the movie for you. If you want a movie with a good story and interesting dialogue… maybe go elsewhere. But hey, it’s called MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, not KUNG FU FIGHTERS HAVING GRIPPING CONVERSATION.

Written by, directed by, and starring Jimmy Wang Yu, MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE is actually a sequel to Wang’s 1971 film ONE-ARMED BOXER, in which a young fighter’s family is killed and his right arm severed by two evil Tibetan Lamas (I know). He eventually kills the two responsible by learning how to fight with just one arm. In this film, the master of the two killed men, a blind and very old yogi (Kam Kong) decides to get revenge on this one-armed boxer when he receives an invitation to an annual to-the-death-or-incapacitation fighting tournament. He decides to pretend to be a simple Shaolin Monk and strike at his enemy with his secret weapon: a razor-circled bag on a chain which can cut off people’s heads in one quick, horrible motion. – Kyle Anderson, Nerdis
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By: The Royal Cinema - Toronto