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Brotherhood of Blades (2014)

Xiu chun dao (original title)
Not Rated | | Action | 7 August 2014 (China)
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This is a movie set in the late Ming Dynasty. The 3 main characters are all elite guards for the palace. One of their fellow guardsmen goes bad. His former companions must now forget their ... See full summary »

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Yang Lu

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Shu Chen, Yang Lu
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chen Chang ... Shen Lian
Shih-Chieh King ... Wei Zhongxian
Dong-xue Li ... Jin Yichuan
Shi Shi Liu ... Zhou Miaotong (as Shishi Liu)
Yuan Nie ... Zhao Jingzhong
Qianyuan Wang ... Lu Jianxing
Xiaobo Yang ... Chen Jiamo
Qing Ye ... Zhang Yan
Lixin Zhao ... Han Kuang
Yiwei Zhou ... Ding Xiu (as Yi Wei Zhou)
Dan Zhu ... Wei Ting (as Zhu Dan)
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This is a movie set in the late Ming Dynasty. The 3 main characters are all elite guards for the palace. One of their fellow guardsmen goes bad. His former companions must now forget their bond and apprehend him. But are they being lured into a larger conspiracy against their emperor? Written by Jeff Latawiec

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | Mongolian

Release Date:

7 August 2014 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Brotherhood of Blades See more »

Filming Locations:

Inner Mongolia, China

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Intrigues
14 May 2016 | by lyx-1See all my reviews

This is one of the best Chinese period movie by far. The tale has enough plot twists to hold the audience's interest, the action is not too CGI wirefu, the persistent theme of brotherhood in Woo's movie is well-executed, the acting is low key and believable. Can't understand the low ratings, except perhaps there's disappointment in anticipating more choreographed action.

The tale of corruption, ruthlessness and court intrigues sets the backdrop for the historic fall of the Ming Dynasty to the Manchurian Qing Dynasty. The chaos, killings, double betrayals, etc. characterize the perils of a realm in decay, and the ascend of an external threat. The movie is stronger for not shying away from the portrayal and in offering an uncomfortable end.

For once, the plot, characters and the historic backdrop actually held my interest more than the swordplay. For this I awarded a higher rating to mitigate the down votes from those expecting a wuxia blood splattered wirefu action and were disappointed to see mediocre bladework.


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