''The Guillotines'' is a kung fu film released in 2012, loosely based on ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine''. This time there's a whole squad of flying guillotine masters, secretly working for the Qing Empire by killing off dissidents the best way they can. When Tian Lang, The Messiah of La Résistance flees their custody while capturing one of their own, it's up to the Guillotines Squad, led by Nala Leng and followed by Obstructive Bureaucrat Haidu, to track him down to a dirty little village in the barren wasteland, where the truth is waiting for them.
!!This film provides examples of:
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:One of the Guillotines is sentenced to be ripped apart by five cows. Not whipped or anything, they have to be ''pulled'' in the proper direction by farmers. Possibly the most boring display of LaserGuidedKarma ever.]]
--> '''Tian Lang''': For selling that book, the father was sentenced to DeathByAThousandCuts, and his four sons were to be beheaded. Except for the youngest, who was just turned 16, and spared the blade... but how could the boy live on, when all his family was gone? ''And yet, I did''.
* ChekhovsGun: The papercuts decorating the village turn out to be a cipher -- covering the coded letters with them reveals the hidden message.
* DevilInPlainSight: Leng's childhood friend Haidu, now a regular Imperial officer, assigned to observe the Guillotines on their sortie. They don't trust him for a moment. [[spoiler:And they were right.]]
* TheDungAges: The little village, filled with nothing but Han Chinese refugees forced out of their lands by the Manchurian Empire, is ''particularly'' dingy.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:The surviving Guillotines.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tian Lang believes the Qing army's massacre of refugees can only be appeased with his death.]]
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:...sadly it doesn't prevent them from finishing off the Guillotines squad. Leng may have survived, but it's implied he's next.]]
* MundaneUtility: One of the Guillotines kills time by throwing rocks across water, which ''skip about twenty times.''
* OrphanageOfFear: The Guillotines Squad is chosen from orphans and trained to kill all their lives. In a huge subversion, the Guillotines squad turns out to be anything but apathetic in private (they're still killing machines mind you).
* RemakeCameo: More of a Remake Supporting Role for Wang Yu, the chief of the Guillotines squad.
* ShowWithinAShow: The shadow puppet shows about Tian Lang.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The Guillotine squad's token DarkActionGirl Musen.
* SoLastSeason: Invoked as a plot point. The Qing Empire has been planning to phase out the Guillotines and introduce ''firearms.''
* TechnologyPorn: How the flying guillotines work.
* ThrowTheDogABone: One of the Guillotines gets pickpocketed, and responds violently - until he realises the bugger has several children to feed, and takes back just his ID, leaving them the money.