The Wu-Tang Clan constantly exhorted their listeners to “Protect Your Neck” and this is one of the many reasons why (even though technically it is not a remake of the 1975 cult classic). Hong Kong and Chinese production group We Pictures (or is it Cinema Popular) spent $15 million to bring this period martial arts action film The Guillotines (formerly known as The Flying Guillotines) to life. One of the first bits of film synopsis that was released stated that this was “Arguably history’s first SWAT team“. Alrighy then. The Guillotines is out August 13, 2013 on Region A Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA.
It is the deadliest weapon made by man. The mere mention of its name fills hearts with terror. Long shrouded in mystery, it launches from a distance and locks onto the target’s head, the internal blades decapitating the victim with the yank of a chain. A weapon of choice for elite fighters, the flying guillotine leaves victims begging for mercy. A secret brotherhood of assassins – known only as The Guillotines – were once favored by the Emperor, but are now a force of terror and oppression under a new regime. Exiled to a remote village and hunted by a squad of fighters with firearms that challenge their cold steel, The Guillotines must now outwit and outfight enemies from both sides. From the director of the smash hit Infernal Affairs and Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen comes a brutal tale of honor, revenge, and the ultimate weapon.
Proutcast”s Box Art Rating: ★★★★☆ The artwork is good. Once again, you gotta love the use of an original poster. It would have been funny if the original promo art was actually used. Then I couldn’t complain at all about U.S. cover art being redone. Also, user Kung Fu Wizard makes a great point about the weird use of the “Transformers” font in the logo. We shall deduct 1/2 a star.
The Guillotines has a run time of approximately 113 minutes and is not rated.
Staring Zhang Wen & Xiaoming Huang, Directed By Andrew Lau