V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

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V' 13

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The Guillotines

Andrew Lau
Hongkong/China/Taiwan, 2012
112min, OmeU

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Andrew Lau
Hongkong/China/Taiwan, 2012
, 112min, OmeU

Actors: 
Huang Xiaoming
Wolf
Ethan Juen
Leng
Shawn Yue
Haidu
Li Yuchun
Musen
Jing Boran
Houjia Shisen
Wen Zhang
Emperor Qianlong
Andrew Lau
Emperor Yongzheng
Screenplay: 
Aubrey Lam
Joyce Chan
Jojo Hui
Peter Tsi
Guo Junli
Philip Lui
Sound: 
Kinson Tsang
Camera: 
Edmond Fung
Editor: 
Azrael Chung
Composer: 
Chan Kwong-wing
Decoration: 
Kenneth Mak
Costume: 
Dora Ng

Production: 
Media Asia Films, Polyface Entertainment, Stellar Mega Films, We Pictures
World Sales: 
WE Distribution
Format: 
DCP
Color

With Chinese period epics still continuing to fill cinemas, it’s no surprise that old school Shaw Brothers favourites are increasingly being brought back to screens, 1975 classic THE FLYING GUILLOTINE now reappearing as THE GUILLOTINES. The “guillotines” are a secret brotherhood of assassins controlled by the Emperor during the Qing Dynasty, their name also referring to the fearsome decapitation weapon they wield. Charged with bringing down rebel leader and apparent prophet Wolf, guillotine leader Leng and his men are joined on the dangerous quest by his childhood friend, palace official Haidu. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to the guillotines, the new Emperor has decided that their brutal ways are no longer needed, instructing Haidu to ensure that none come back alive. (James Mudge)

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