The Guillotines

Synopsis: During the Manchurian-ruled Qing Dynasty, Emperor Yong Zheng established a secret assassination squad known as the Guillotines to eliminate all who opposed him. Once heavily favored by the Emperor, the Guillotines are deemed expendable once Emperor Qian Long ascends to the throne and adopts Western ideas and technology. To consolidate his power under a new regime, the Emperor continues to use the Guillotines to persecute the conquered Han Chinese in a reign of terror and oppression.
Genre: Action, Drama
Director(s): Wai-Keung Lau
Production: Well Go USA
  5 nominations.
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112 min

To rid Qing of its final threat

When death is distant

we know no fear

Without blood on our swords

we know only fear

Only when our hands are bloodied

and we conquer our fear

can we hope to fight our enemies!

The Herders will gather in Beijing

to present a special gift to Qianlong

We've been betrayed

Leng, Field Commander

Chen Tai, Vanguard

Su, Intelligence, Defense

Buka, Vanguard

Shisan, Defense

Musen, Defense


I've seen you before

Why don't you just kill me?

The Guillotines were a covert operation

created at the start of Qing Dynasty

to quash the resistance

Guillotines were all of Manchurian descent

They posed as the Emperor's groundskeepers

taking care of the Imperial court's


with mysterious identities

To ensure their loyalty

they were forbidden to learn to read and write

control by trigger

before the advent of firearms

Who defied orders and put the team at risk?

Tell me!

I just reacted to the situation

You will not take part in tomorrow's mission




I'm responsible for their mistakes

Musen is always the last to leave training

As a female Guillotine...

The late emperor issued an edict

before I was born

Boy or girl

your command was to be passed on

to your offspring



Leng stays


Take it easy

No one will reproach you once you're the Chief

That's right

When your father passes

everyone will obey you

When the late emperor sent you here

did you ever imagine reaching these heights?

I'm nothing

without the Guillotines

If only you are my son

Watch over Musen tomorrow

Yes, sir

I waited for you my whole life

Just get to it

What do you have to tell me?

I've seen you before

How old are you?

Are you Manchu

or worse?

Do you think you have me trapped?

Do you really think I could

be captured so easily?

And you?

Who do you think you are?

A false prophet of the lowest caste!

I've had a recurring dream

In the dream, a man kills me

until last night

I finally saw it

It was you

No, no, no

Even if I don't kill you now

tomorrow, you'll be executed

in the market

The time's not right

So I won't die tomorrow...

except if you are the executioner

I can be

You can't

Guillotines can't be seen in broad daylight

What if you die tomorrow

will my fate change?

The rebel Wolf

and his cohorts

have been convicted

of treason

Sentenced to death

by decapitation

Execute the Herders!

As caution to others!

Kill all the Herders!

Long live the Great Qing!

Han man?

How much?

Five taels

You're Han slaves without souls

I'll come back to free you!


I'm sorry


Rest in peace


Do it




Emperor Qianlong, born Hongli



If we dispatched the firearms squad

Wolf wouldn't have escaped


my daughter, Musen, is dead to me

Now she's dead

you're free to hunt down Wolf

Yes sir!


your lives belong to the imperial court

and to your fellow Guillotines

I was liked you

Joined the Guillotines as an orphan

The Guillotines is my home

Now I entrust everything to you

If possible

bring back Musen's body

We'll take the female Herder Bailan along

when the chance comes

we'll exchange her for Musen

The emperor assigned an imperial guard

named Haidu to accompany you

Beware of this man

We're spending the night here?

Do you have a problem?


They call themselves Guillotines?

Are they for real?

Didn't we play like this as children?

You compare them with us?

Your Majesty

we've gathered children from the Eight Clans

Their star signs are aligned with Prince Hongli

Hongli, Qianlong

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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