VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Xiu chun dao

V' 15

Xiu chun dao

Brotherhood Of Blades

Lu Yang
China, 2014
Fiction, 111min, OmeU

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Xiu chun dao

Lu Yang
China, 2014
Fiction, 111min, OmeU

Cast: 
Chang Chen
Shen Lian
Liu Shishi
Zhou Miao Tong
Wang Qianyuan
Lu Jian Xing
Ethan Li
Jin Yi Chuan
Nie Yuan
Zhao Jing Zhong
Chin Shi-chieh
Wei Zhong Xian
Ye Qing
Zhang Yan
Cast: 
Martial Arts
Gao Ruigang
Lei Zhiqang
Screenplay: 
Chen Shu
Lu Yang
Sound: 
Emma Long
Xiong Yi
Camera: 
Han Qiming
Editor: 
Zhu Liyun
Tu Yiran
Composer: 
Nathan Wang
Decoration: 
Zhao Yu
Costume: 
Liang Tingting

Production: 
Beijing Dachu Changge Film and TV Culture Co.
Central Newsreel and Documentary Film Studio
China Film Co.
Combo Drive Pictures Co.
World Sales: 
IM Global
Format: 
DCP
Color

In 1627, towards the end of the Ming-dynasty, the young emperor decides to end the influence of all-powerful eunuch Wei and purge his supporters. Caught in the midst of the intrigue are the three lowly cash-strapped warriors from the Imperial Assassins, the secret police, who are given to find and kill Wei. This is director Lu Yang’s third film and his first martial-arts movie. But he knows the genre territory and delivers the cinematic goods with the precision and discipline of a King Hu or Lau Kar-Leung. As a co-writer he adds some narrative twists and turns that will provide genuine surprises to even the most long standing martial-arts movie buff. With writer Chen Shu they have created a first-rate screenplay which keeps the audience on edge. This is achieved without over-plotting or over-use of CGI, but with solid character-based scripting. (John Snadden)