Brotherhood Of Blades (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) DVD Region 3
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|Product Title:||Brotherhood Of Blades (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 錦衣衛—繡春刀 (2014) (DVD) (台灣版) 锦衣卫—绣春刀 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) 錦衣衛—繡春刀 (2014) (DVD) (台湾版) Brotherhood Of Blades (2014) (DVD) (Taiwan Version)|
|Also known as:||飛魚服繡春刀 飞鱼服绣春刀|
|Artist Name(s):||Chang Chen (Actor) | Cecilia Liu (Actor) | Li Dong Xue (Actor) | Wang Qian Yuan (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Nie Yuan (Actor) | Zhu Dan (Actor) | Zhou Yi Wei (Actor) 張震 (Actor) | 劉詩詩 (Actor) | 李東學 (Actor) | 王千源 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 聶遠 (Actor) | 朱丹 (Actor) | 周一圍 (Actor) 张震 (Actor) | 刘诗诗 (Actor) | 李东学 (Actor) | 王千源 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | 聂远 (Actor) | 朱丹 (Actor) | 周一围 (Actor) 張震（チャン・チェン） (Actor) | 劉詩詩（リウ・シーシー） (Actor) | リー・トンシュエ (Actor) | ワン・チエンユエン (Actor) | 金仕傑（カム・シーキット） (Actor) | 聶遠（ニエ・ユエン） (Actor) | Zhu Dan (Actor) | 周一圍（ジョウ・イーウェイ） (Actor) 장첸 (Actor) | 류시시 (Actor) | Li Dong Xue (Actor) | 왕첸웬 (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | 섭원 (Actor) | Zhu Dan (Actor) | Zhou Yi Wei (Actor)|
|Director:||Lu Yang 路陽 路阳 Lu Yang Lu Yang|
|Producer:||Terence Chang 張家振 张家振 Terence Chang Terence Chang|
|Place of Origin:||China|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 2.0|
|Disc Format(s):||DVD, DVD-5|
|Region Code:||3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Publisher:||Eagle International Communication CO.,LTD|
|Package Weight:||100 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1050344367|
演藝圈學霸 張震 刀劍武學新力作 獲 金馬獎最佳男主角 提名肯定
李東學 零鋼絲 現學現賣 嶄露真功夫 《解救吾先生》王千源 沾鬍古裝初體驗
四小花旦 劉詩詩 坎坷情路大清到大明 聶遠 俠義英雄成狡詐太監怕兒看
《剩者為王》金士傑 演技大爆發 發癲奸臣 魏忠賢 絲絲入扣
明朝天啟年間，東廠禍亂朝政，崇禎皇帝即位後，為了成為明君，下令緝拿以大太監魏忠賢（金士傑 飾）為首的東廠勢力，世稱“閹黨”，並命東廠提督趙靖忠（聶遠 飾）派遣錦衣衛前往剿滅。
而錦衣衛中屬盧劍星（王千源 飾）、沈煉（張震 飾）和靳一川（李東學 飾）這三個結拜兄弟最為勇猛耿直，但三人卻各自有苦情鬱事，老大盧劍星一心想光耀門楣官升百戶；老二沈煉重情重義卻為情所困，想為教坊司女子周妙彤（劉詩詩 飾）贖身；老三靳一川則想隱瞞過去擺脫師兄丁修（周一圍 飾）的勒索威脅。三人因夙願接下截殺行動，經過一番腥風血雨的廝殺後，終於將魏忠賢焦屍帶回，但沈煉同時隱瞞了一個天大的秘密，原以為一切能夙願以償，卻沒想到隨之而來的是三人生命受到威脅…可這一切卻僅是陰謀的開端，面對危機，沈煉該如何說出真相？而三人的命運又將何去何從？
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This professional review refers to Brotherhood Of Blades (DVD-9) (China Version)
One of the more critically acclaimed Chinese films of 2014 arrives in wuxia Brotherhood of Blades, which received markedly above average reviews for the genre, as well as being nominated for Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Editing and Action Choreography at the Golden Horse Awards, where it also won Best Makeup and Costume Design. The film was directed by Lu Yang (My Spectacular Theatre), who co-scripted with Chen Shu, and though its themes of loyalty and honour are familiar enough, is a considerably more focused and grounded effort than most of its grandiose peers.
The film is set in the turbulent 1620s, towards the end of the Ming Dynasty, beginning with the teenage Chongzhen Emperor taking the throne. Keen to enforce his rule, he decides to have the powerful eunuch Wei (Chin Shi Chieh), head of the secret police, assassinated, and commands three lowly members of a separate branch of the police to do the deed. The three men - veteran Lu Jianxing (Wang Qianyun, The Crossing), the stoic Shen Lian (Chang Chen, The Grandmaster) and the fresh-faced Jin Yichuan (Ethan Li, Sacrifice) - head off to carry out their orders, but things quickly get complicated after one of them makes a desperate choice.
For some reason, Brotherhood of Blades seems to have slipped through the cracks, not getting the same level of attention as other recent period dramas or martial arts films, despite having a solid, if not quite A-list cast. Perhaps this is partly due to the continuing glut of genre offerings over the last few years, and certainly, historical re-imaginings and "what if" stories are common enough, though still, Brotherhood does have something a little deeper and richer to offer. The well written script by Lu Yang and Chen Shu is better and more tightly constructed than most, and takes an interestingly economic angle to its narrative, with money driving its characters and their many motivations, Shen Lian needing cash to free beautiful prostitute Miaotong (Cecilia Liu, Badges of Fury), and Jin Yichuan being in hock to a mysterious blackmailer. With the three protagonists being paid pittances regardless of the danger they regularly face, and with court positions being paid for and bribery being rife, Lu and Chen paint a compelling picture of the time in a manner which makes the film stand out.
This also leads to a more challenging notion of brotherhood than might have been expected, with the various tough choices being made by the protagonists causing shifts in their relationship. While the three are to be fair quite basic genre figures, their bond is both complex and emotionally rewarding, especially given that none of them are portrayed as straightforward heroic figures, with personal conflict and compromise being the order of the day. Lu also wins points for being unafraid to take the film into murky moral territory, and with several surprising deaths along the way to its downbeat conclusion, its drama is powerful and lacking in the usual showy melodrama seen in the form. Strong performances from the leads help in this respect, and Chang Chen and Wang Qianyun impress in particular, adding real depth to what could have been one-note roles.
The film also scores highly through a handsome, though restrained look and costumes, and some excellent action choreography from Sang Lin, who also worked on the likes of John Woo's Red Cliff and the Transporter franchise. Closer to the Shaw Brothers catalogue than other similarly themed contemporary films, there's a pleasing lack of wire work or computer effects, the fight scenes mostly being duels rather than sweeping epic battles. Short, sharp and frequently brutal, the exciting set pieces ensure that the film moves along at a brisk pace and with a sense of economy which fits the narrative well.
Brotherhood of Blades is definitely one of the stronger wuxia or historical martial arts dramas from China of late, and is all the better for Lu Yang's avoidance of excess and the usual big budget bloating. Both thoughtful and muscular, the film benefits from a superior script, interesting characters, and thrilling action, and hopefully it'll find a wider and appreciative audience on DVD.
by James Mudge - EasternKicks.com