In addition to their "Sing Sing" nights becoming the latest the flavor of the month for Capitol Hill dance parties, Chop Suey is now dabbling in cult cinema, thanks to the delightful cinephiles at Scarecrow Video.
To me, the highlight of the two is Guillotine, which gives a whole new meaning the term “action-packed.” The film is from 1975 and is directed by Yu Wang, the kung fu auteur responsible for the ultra-cool One-Armed Swordsman films. Though the plot to Guillotine is insignificant, I’ll tell you anyway: A blind, long-bearded, government-sponsored assassin who decapitates victims with a birdcage-shaped contraption on a chain, seeks revenge on a one-armed boxing master who killed two of his pupils. The assassin makes his way to a fight-to-the-death kung fu tournament and starts killing off all the one-armed men (and then some) he finds. Production value here is zero, entertainment level is immeasurable.
Though I haven’t seen Riki-Oh, the IMDb description tells me I’ll be there tonight:
“Hard man Ricky is incarcerated in a futuristic prison where ultra-violence is his only means of survival in the corrupt, sadistic system. He must battle his way quite literally 'through' the feared 'gang of four', and undergo multiple tortures before facing the governor in one of the goriest climaxes ever seen.”
If that doesn’t make your night, the $1 PBR’s will.