Brotherhood of Blades (2014)

Brotherhood of Blades is a gripping tale about three friends who are Imperial Assassins.  The story is very well done and it shows how no hero is without sin, especially when dealing with the political intrigue and paranoia of the Ming Dynasty. The movie rarely slows down and handles both the action and political conspiracy very well.

I had the same feeling after watching Brotherhood of Blades  as I did the first time I watched Tsui Hark’s New Dragon Inn back in the 90s. The acting is well done and I really enjoyed Chang Chen and Wang Qianyuan’s performance. The costumes are phenomenal and won Best Costume Design in the 51st Golden Horse Awards. The film is very enjoyable to watch and I recommend watching it on BluRay.

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Chang Chen (behind the other two), Ethan Li (forefront), and Wang Qianyuan

Lu Yang, Director, script
Chen Shu, script
Sang Lin, Action Director

Chang Chen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Red Cliff, The Assassin) as Shen Lian
Cecilia Liu as Zhou Miao Tong
Wang Qianyuan (The Legend of Lu Xiaofeng 2006 tv series, The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2008 tv series, The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 2009 tv series) as Lu Jian Xing
Ethan Li (The Book and the Sword 2009 tv series) as Jin Yi Chuan
Nie Yuan (The Lost Bladesman, Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain 2006 tv series, Three Kingdoms 2010 tv series) as Zhao Jingzhong
Chin Shi-chieh (The Flying Tigers and the Kung Fu Kids, Reign of Assassins, The Guillotines) as Wei Zhongxian
Ye Qing as Zhang Yan
Zhou Yiwei (The Guillotines) as Zhou Yi Wei
Zhu Dan as Wei Ting
Zhao Lixin (Legend of Miyue) as Han Kuang
Ye Xiang Ming as Emperor Chongzhen

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