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14 Blades (2014)

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Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades. Above the law and with a license to kill, they devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch JIA, the best of the Jinyiwei, QINGLONG is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. Unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission he's betrayed and barely escapes with his life. Now the most wanted man in the land Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei. (C) Radius-TWC
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R (for violence and blody images)
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Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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Cast

Donnie Yen
as General Qinlong
Wei Zhao
as Qiao Hua
Chun Wu
as Judge of the Desert
Kate Tsui
as Tuo Tuo
Yuwu Qi
as Xuan Wu
Ma Wu
as Qiao Yung
Law Kar-Ying
as Jia Jingzhong
Xu Xiang Dong
as Xiahou
Chen Zhi Hui
as Bai Hu
Sammo Hung Kam-Bo
as Prince Qing
Damian Lau
as Zhao Shenyan
An Ruiyun
as Army Officer Yang
Xu Bao-Shan
as Flag Bearer
Tan Jian Chang
as Treasurer
Chen Kuan-tai
as Fa Huang
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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Director, co-writer and production designer Daniel Lee keeps things moving so quickly, there's little time to worry about such basics as where we are or what's actually going on.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

While "14 Blades" grinds on perhaps a half-hour too long, its ambitions and energies show that for a fresh take on the western, go east.

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Come for Ku's joyful choreography, stay for Yen's most memorable post-comeback performance.

Full Review… | August 19, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Stylish package has thesps hitting their marks (and each other), but also keeps the human drama from being swamped by wirework and CGI effects.

Full Review… | July 21, 2014
Variety
Top Critic

Its stylishly retro touch and flashy sets and stunts makes a nice package.

Full Review… | July 21, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Casting Donnie Yen in a martial arts film and burying him in CGI is akin to casting Arnold Schwarzenegger in an action film and arming him with a Nerf gun.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
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Audience Reviews for 14 Blades

Pretty cool martial arts movie. Well, i say pretty cool. They all seem the same to me but i suppose martial arts fans might say that about horror! When some old emporer gets overthrown by a massive wanker, one of his best people is sent out to find out who's still on the emporers side but due to a betrayal, our hero becomes the most wanted man about town. I'm not a big martial arts fan like i used to be years ago so can't judge to harshly but this seems like an average story surrounded by some brilliant fight scenes and its those scenes that make it pretty cool!

Adam M.
Adam M.

Super Reviewer

½

Truly breaktaking martial arts epic film, but it also mixed with a love story. It's about time Donnie Yen made an impact yet again in the fantasy wuxia-pian genre, given the rather recent dismal films with An Empress and the Warriors, and Tsui Hark's Seven Swords. He gives a brilliant performance as the ex-Jinyiwei guard. Writer-director Daniel Lee managed to create a film consisting of a successful amalgamation of wuxia-pian elements, with iconic fight action sequences set in tea houses, desert duels, forest brawls with abandoned temples and exotic cities enhanced by CG to play host to a film complete with double crosses, a prized possession that everyone is after, and had time to sneak in unrequited romance.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

½

Daniel Lee successfully blends together multiple wuxia-type elements to create the action thriller 14 Blades.

The story entails some attention, as it isn't exactly smooth sailing; nevertheless, it is far from troublesome to follow. At just over 1 hour and 50 minutes the early going paces by fairly quickly, as well as the ending. The middle is where it mildly slows down to focus on the characters.

The martial arts choreography is superb, with some tolerable effects to spice up the fights, as they move through ample amounts of settings. The camera work and editing is not the best out there; however it is more than satisfactory.

Donnie Yen shows that he is one of the greats at martial arts, which definitely outshines his acting. Zhao Wei is extremely adorable and Kate Tsui is pleasingly treacherous. Tsui has one of the more memorable characters of the film. Chun Wu is also notable.

14 Blades has a variety of things going for it, which in turn warrants a viewing.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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