The Guillotines (2012)


Li Yuchun as Musen

The Guillotines is a retelling of the classic movie weapon ‘The Flying Guillotine’. Directed by Andrew Lau (Storm Riders, A Man Called Hero, The Duel) gives us his rendition of the fearsome Assassins of the Emperor.  The film is okay as long as you employ suspension of disbelief on how this CGI updated gear/nano tech like weapon works.  It flies through the air as if it was using ‘Fly By Wire’ interface. If you can get passed that then it is enjoyable enough.  The costumes and locations are impressive and they certainly had a good production budget, however I feel this would have been much more amazing if the script had been more fluid and the acting just a little better.  However as an action film it is entertaining.


Huang Xiaoming (Ip Man 2, The White-Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom) as Tianlang (Wolf) the main antagonist, leader of the Herder Rebellion.

Ethan Juan (Wu Xia, The Assassin) as Leng, Field Commander of the Guillotines and sworn brother to Haidu and the Emperor.

Shawn Yue (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen ZhenReign of Assassins) as Haidu, an Imperial Guard and sworn brother of Leng and the Emperor.

Li Yuchun (Bodyguards and AssassinsFlying Swords of Dragon Gate) as Musen, Daughter of the Guillotines Cheif Commander and Defense Member.

Jing Boran (Beginning of the Great Revival) as Houjia Shisan the Guillotines Defense member.

Wen Zhang (The Sorcerer and the White Snake) as Qianlong Emperor

Purba Rygal (The Guillotines is his only Martial Arts film) as Chen Tai, Guillotine Vanguard

Jimmy Wang (Golden Swallow, One-Armed Swordsman, One-armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine) asGua-Erija Gong-E the Chief Commander of the Guillotines.

Li Meng (The Guillotines is her only Martial Arts film) as Bai Lan a member of the Herder Rebellion captured by the Guillotines.

Gao Tian (Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen,The Four, Part 2) as Hutu, the Guillotines strategist.

Zhou Yiwei (Brotherhood of Blades) as Buka the Guillotines Vanguard.

Guo Peng (The Warlords) as Su, the Guillotines Intelligence and Defense member.

Lee Tat-Chiu (Bodyguards and Assassins, The Storm Riders) Action Director

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Mythbusters Flying Guillotine

Films that use the Flying Guillotine

  • Flying Guillotine (1974)
  • Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976) (a.k.a. The One Armed Boxer vs. the Flying Guillotine)
  • The Flying Guillotine  2 (1978)
  • The Vengeful Beauty (1978)
  • The Heroic Trio (1993)
  • Iron Monkey 2 (1996)
  • Seven Swords (2005)



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