This film was released on August 22, 2014. 14 Blades takes place at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and concerns special secret agent Qinglong (Donnie Yen) who was selected as a child for training. While sent on a mission for the Emperor, Qinglong is betrayed by his fellow agents. His mission changes when he meets Qiao Hua (Wei Zhao) and her father who runs an armed security escort company facing bankruptcy.
The 14 blades referred to in the title are swords meant to represent honor and used to dispense justice. The acting was very good as well as the directing. The story line, whether historically accurate or not, was action packed with lots of blood (no gore or beheadings shown). The only thing that tended to distract from the story was the individual fight scenes which resorted to using the “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” flying fight technique.
The film flowed along very nicely and there was hardly a dull moment in it. The film was in Chinese with English subtitles, which I could deal with. Except for the mixing of regular fighting styles and flying styles, this was a good film. I give it 4 stars out of 5.
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