Xiu chun dao

Brotherhood Of Blades
Lu Yang
China 2014
111 min

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)

  • 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
  • Chen Shu
  • Lu Yang
  • Han Qiming
  • Emma Long
  • Xiong Yi
  • Zhu Liyun
  • Tu Yiran
  • Nathan Wang
  • Zhao Yu
  • Liang Tingting
  • Gao Ruigang
  • Lei Zhiqang
Beijing Dachu Changge Film and TV Culture Co., Central Newsreel and Documentary Film Studio, China Film Co., Combo Drive Pictures Co.

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