Movie review: Brotherhood of Blades

Movie review: Brotherhood of Blades

BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES (PG13)

106 minutes

****

Wuxia movie heroes are typically driven by codes of honour and justice, which can make them a little one-dimensional. The protagonists here, however, are anti-heroes, a trio of underground Ming dynasty palace assassins driven by money and status.

No one is obviously good or bad, which makes the characters so much more believable and the story suspenseful as it keeps you guessing their fates to the end.

Immediately after a new emperor takes over the Ming dynasty court, he orders the downfall of eunuch Wei and his supporters, a group which wielded much power under the previous ruler.

Three palace assassins (from far left, Li Dongxue, Wang Qianyuan and Chang Chen) are tasked to kill them.

Good old-fashioned swordplay takes centre stage here - and, more importantly, the requisite cheesy romance in wuxia movies is kept to a minimum.


This article was first published on Oct 31, 2014.
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