14 Blades (2010) Chinese Movie Information
Title in Chinese – 锦衣卫
Title in Pinyin – Jin Yi Wei
Genre – Historical and Kung Fu
Subject/theme – The struggle of a loyal secret agent of the Emperor during the Ming Dynasty
Language – Mandarin
Region – China
China – 4th February 2010
Hong Kong – 11 February 2010
Movie runtime – 114 minutes
Director – Daniel Lee
Cast & Role Played
Donnie Yen – Qinglong, the head of the Jinyi, the empire’s secret police
Zhao Wei – Qiao Hua, daughter of the head of the Justice Escort Agency
Chun Wu – Judge, the head of a bandit group Eagles Gang
Kate Tsui – Tuo Tuo, god daughter of Prince Qing and a skilled fighter
Law Kar-ying – Chief eunuch
Sammo Hung – Prince Qing, exiled noble and traitor
Damian Lau – Zhao Shenyan, imperial councillor
The Jinyi Wei were the secret police for ancient China’s rulers with enormous power, phenomenal Kung Fu skills and answerable only to the emperor. During the corruption of the later Ming Dynasty, a eunuch attempts to use the Jinyi Wei to plot against the emperor. The head of the Jinyi Wei Qinglong learns of the plot and is forced to flee the capital for his safety after he is framed as a traitor.
Determined to save the emperor, Qinglong joins the Justice Escort Agency and a band of called the Heaven’s Eagles to search for proof of the plot against the emperor and save him.
Editor's Review of 14 Blades – Score 6/10
Solid performances by Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao and (to an extent) Chun WU together with spectacular desert scenery helped make 14 Blades an enjoyable movie to watch.The story though is confusing and lacks proper direction which prevents 14 Blades from being more than just watchable. The story 14 Blades is based on has a lot of potential but the scenes in the movie look like they have been put together without much thought.
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