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Brotherhood of Blades (Blu-ray)(Japan Version)
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Director Lu Yang tells a sweeping saga of brotherhood and loyalty in a turbulent period with Brotherhood of Blades. Set in the final years of the Ming Dynasty, Brotherhood of Blades stars Chang Chen (The Grandmaster), Wang Qianyun (The Crossing) and Ethan Li (Sacrifice) as three members of the secret military police tasked by the emperor to hunt down the powerful eunuch who runs another branch of the secret imperial police. However, the three men's loyalties are sorely tested when one of them makes a choice that would embroil them into a dangerous conspiracy. Nominated for five Golden Horse Awards – including Best Actor – Brotherhood of Blades is one of the most critically acclaimed Chinese films of 2014.
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Product Title: Brotherhood of Blades (Blu-ray)(Japan Version) 繡春刀 (日本版) 绣春刀 (日本版) ブレイド・マスター (Blu-ray) Brotherhood of Blades (Blu-ray)(Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Chang Chen | Li Dong Xue | Wang Qian Yuan | Cecilia Liu 張震 | 李東學 | 王千源 | 劉詩詩 张震 | 李东学 | 王千源 | 刘诗诗 張震(チャン・チェン) | リー・トンシュエ | ワン・チエンユエン | ネイサン・ワン | 劉詩詩(リウ・シーシー) 장첸 | Li Dong Xue | 왕첸웬 | 류시시
Director: Lu Yang 路陽 路阳 Lu Yang Lu Yang
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2016-02-03
Publisher Product Code: TWBD-80730
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Twin
Other Information: Blu-ray
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1047051787

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
チャン・チェン[張震] / リー・トンシュエ / ワン・チエンユエン / ルー・ヤン (監督、脚本) / ネイサン・ワン (音楽)

[特典情報]
封入特典:ポストカード3枚組/映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
本編111分
製作国 : 中国 (China)
公開年 : 2015

[ストーリー]
明朝末期の北京。第16代皇帝・天啓帝が崩御し、これまで権力を欲しいままにしていた宦官の魏忠賢が失脚。第17代皇帝に即位した崇禎帝の護衛を担う特務機関「錦衣衛(きんいえい)」に属し、義兄弟の契りを交わしている沈煉、慮剣星、斬一川は、新たな宦官の趙靖忠から魏忠賢の暗殺を命じられる。魏忠賢の隠れ家へと乗り込み、激闘の末に任務を成し遂げた三人だったが、それ以後、彼らの背後に不穏な動きが現れ、執拗に命を狙われ始める。 /高官にワイロを送り続けているのに、何年も出世が果たせない長兄・盧、自分のせいで遊女にしてしまった女性を愛してしまい、身請け金が必要な次兄・沈、盗賊だった自分の過去を知る男と手を切り、本当の幸せを手に入れたい末っ子・一川。3人の男達、それぞれの心に秘められた過去の因縁、希望、夢。哀しき野望に満ちた戦いがはじまるー・・・/愛する遊女の身請けのため大金を必要とする沈、手柄を立てて一気に出世を果たしたい盧、身元を偽装していることでゆすられている一川。任務を遂行するなか、それぞれが心に秘めた思いのために宮廷の陰謀に否応なく巻き込まれていく──!!

[解説]
『レッドクリフ PartI&PartII』の豪華コラボレーション再び!ソード・アクション超大作!/王朝直属・非情な刺客部隊「錦衣衛」—義兄弟の契りを交わした男3人の哀しき野望に剣が光る・・・!/それは、瞬きすら許されない闘い。

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Professional Review of "Brotherhood of Blades (Blu-ray)(Japan Version)"

February 13, 2015

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

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