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Brotherhood of Blades (DVD) (Korea Version) DVD Region 3

Chang Chen (Actor) | Li Dong Xue (Actor) | Wang Qian Yuan (Actor) | Cecilia Liu (Actor)
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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 (DVD) (Korea Version) 繡春刀 (DVD) (韓國版) 绣春刀 (DVD) (韩国版) 繡春刀 (DVD) (韓国版) 수춘도 (DVD) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Chang Chen (Actor) | Li Dong Xue (Actor) | Wang Qian Yuan (Actor) | Cecilia Liu (Actor) | King Shih Chieh (Actor) | Nie Yuan (Actor) | Zhu Dan (Actor) | Zhou Yi Wei (Actor) 張震 (Actor) | 李東學 (Actor) | 王千源 (Actor) | 劉詩詩 (Actor) | 金 士傑 (Actor) | 聶遠 (Actor) | 朱丹 (Actor) | 周一圍 (Actor) 张震 (Actor) | 李东学 (Actor) | 王千源 (Actor) | 刘诗诗 (Actor) | 金 士杰 (Actor) | 聂远 (Actor) | 朱丹 (Actor) | 周一围 (Actor) 張震(チャン・チェン) (Actor) | リー・トンシュエ (Actor) | ワン・チエンユエン (Actor) | 劉詩詩(リウ・シーシー) (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) | Li Dong Xue (Actor) | 왕첸웬 (Actor) | 류시시 (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
Release Date: 2016-04-27
Subtitles: Korean
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Publisher: Video Travel
Other Information: 1-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049572133

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수춘도 (DVD) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35:1 ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN
*Sound Mix: 중국어 Dolby Digital 5.1
*Director: 루양


작품설명

* 제19회 부산국제영화제 화제작 < 수춘도 >!
* <와호장룡>,<일대종사> 장첸 주연!
* 명나라 말, 황제의 직속부대인 금의위 삼총사의 의리와 사랑을 다룬 웰메이드 무협 액션!


줄거리

황실 최고의 암살단 금의위, 의리로 맺은 세 의형제!
단 한번의 실수로 피바람이 시작된다!

명나라 말, 황제는 대항하는 환관 세력 ‘엄당’을 제압하기 위해 직할 부대인 금의위에게 엄당을 속출하여 암살하라 명한다. 금의위 중 최고의 실력을 자랑하는 세 의형제가 있었으니 백호로 승진하고자 하는 ‘노검성’, 기녀와 사랑에 빠진 ‘심련’ 그리고 어두운 과거의 비밀을 가진 ‘근일천’이다. 피보다 진한 의리로 서로를 의지하는 삼형제는 어느 날 환관 세력의 우두머리인 위충현을 죽이라는 어명을 받게 되고, 불탄 위충현의 시신을 왕에게 바쳐 승승장구한다. 하지만 그 사건엔 피치 못할 실수와 어두운 거래가 숨겨져 있었고 음모의 화살은 삼형제에게 향한다. 노검성, 심련, 근일천 삼형제는 서로를 위한 이길 수 없는 싸움을 시작하려 하는데…
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Professional Review of "Brotherhood of Blades (DVD) (Korea 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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