Guillotines

Guillotines

DVD - 2013 | Chinese
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A secret brotherhood of assassins, once favored by the Emperor, is 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.

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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2017

A special period piece that dealt with the gulf in needs and wants between the peasants and the ruling emperor. Gorgeous sets and CGI featuring the terrifying weapon of razor sharp circular blades flying through the air at high revs to cut down targets. However, many scenes were too long that added little to enhance viewer emotional experience but rather, slowed the pace of the story ... tolerable, thanks to player's speed control.

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jimcrackmuthah1
Jul 01, 2015

***** Starts as a rather gimmicky, predictable martial arts romp, but quickly develops into a multi-layered story of human sympathy, greed and loyalty. One of the few newer films I can call epic. It is hugely satisfying, both in pure entertainment, and for those who love a challenging & revealing plot. Great skill in film making on every level.

kevfarley Mar 22, 2014

Sometimes confusing plot, but with first rate production values and epic ambition.

Well worth a look for the spectacular presentation,.. and the English dubbing is painless.

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tj_is_cool
Mar 23, 2013

It has beautiful scenery but the horrible plot doomed the movie. The person who came up with the weapon idea must be high on something.

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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2017

These days... People see the Great Qing Empire as backward unable to keep up with the latest advances. Imagine... If we had cannons like the British.
-Does Your Majesty need cannons? Aren't the Guillotines enough?
Armillary sphere, terrestrial globe, air pump, pulley system, steam engine... Do you think they're hard to build? ... Gong-e, take a look. In this library of mine there are hundreds of books chronicling the Qing Dynasty. My legacy will be recorded among them pass on for generations. I will not allow it to be tarnished by this dirty chapter, insure the survival of the dynasty...
-Without the help of the Guillotines? Can we rely on the tricks of Westerners to pacify the Han Chinese?
Didn't you say that a guillotine kills any target within ten paces? The range of a firearm far exceeds ten paces. Cannons can strike targets a thousand paces away Do you see?

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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2017

He lived longer than any other emperor in the history of China. During his reign, he created harmony between Manchurians and Han Chinese in the official history of the Qing Dynasty.
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Do you really think we are born killers... who hate Manchurians? We just want to live like everyone else. Farm Work. Provide for ourselves. It's our dream. If we didn't find this place
we'd still be slaves out there. And that... is the life I promised them. Equality for all. ..
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Why are you smiling?
=A smile can conceal fear. You are my greatest fear.

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jimg2000
Jun 17, 2017

Your Majesty, What will the golden age look like? I've finally understand the mistake Wolf has made that destined him to fail. Because as long as people have food, shelter and peace ... Whether it's the Herders or other rebel groups, people only revolt when they have nowhere else to turn. If they were living in a golden age enjoying the peace and prosperity, they would never revolt. They're rebelling against injustice and inequality. When everyone is equal as people of the Great Qing, there will be no dissent against Your Majesty. That's when the golden age truly begins.
-What makes you think I'll listen to you?
Because Your Majesty is a man of vision.
-Then tell me... will that day come?
Your servant will not live to see that day. The day I joined the Guillotines at His Late Majesty's behest and die as a Guillotine. The Guillotines was killed off to erase a dirty past. And now...
I am the last remaining stain. I hope after Your Majesty end my life will heed my final words today.

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