Notable Cast: Xiaoming Huang, Ethan Juan, Zhang Wen, Shawn Yue, Yuchun Li, Boran Jing, Jimmy Wang Yu
While Shaw Brothers films have yet to get full remake treatments (those are coming from what I've heard recently), there have been quite a few that have their concepts taken for modern films. One of those films happens to be "The Guillotines." Taking a few cues conceptually from "The Flying Guillotines" and "The Flying Guillotines II," this modern telling of the elite group of assassins comes off as quite the surprise. Particularly since I fully expected the film to be action oriented and focus on itself around that. It's not. In fact, it's far more of a morally embossed historical drama then anything else and despite some enjoyable moments, tends to be a missed opportunity overall.
When an uprising of common folk lead by the charismatic Wolf (Xiaoming Huang) threatens the Qing dynasty and their focus to unite China, the Emperor brings out his dynamic assassination team The Guillotines to handle the situation. With the help of his personal guard and the leader of the Guillotines Leng (Ethan Juan), their job is to capture Wolf at any cost necessary. But with a a master like Wolf and a government who wants to rewrite history, Leng and his Guillotines have to tread carefully or they might end up at the wrong end of the execution list...
|"Where we're going we don't need...swords."|
|The dynamic wolf!|
Written By Matt Reifschneider