It’s been a quiet time for good martial arts movies now that Jackie Chan and Jet Lei are getting kinda old and shit. It’s pretty refreshing to see a nice, standalone martial arts entry like Little Big Soldier (which I’ll be reviewing soon) But we do see a return of that other dude from Hero, Donnie Yen
Chinese Cinema GO!
It all focuses around a dude who carries a box with… you guessed it, 14 blades.
What’s with movies and their loaded plots these days… here’s another entry from wiki… goddamn.
During the late Ming Dynasty, the Chinese imperial court is plagued by corruption as eunuchs usurp state power and the reigning emperoris deemed incompetent. The Jinyi Wei (literally: Brocade-clad Guards) is the government’s secret police, trained in clandestine combat since childhood, they are in charge of conducting missions to ensure peace and stability within the empire. They have the authority to prosecute anyone deemed as an enemy of the state and they devote their lives and lethal prowess to serving the emperor only. When the organization was first founded, the Jinyi Wei took orders directly from the emperor, but now they are under the control of the eunuch faction. The chief eunuch Jia Jingzhong is plotting with an exiled noble, Prince Qing, to rebel against the emperor and seize power. Jia orders Qinglong, the Jinyi Wei chief, to kill the Imperial Councilor Zhao Shenyan and take Zhao’s safebox, which supposedly contains a list of names of traitors.
However, Qinglong discovers later that he had been used, as the safebox contains the Imperial Seal, a symbol of the emperor’s authority, and Jia wants to use it to legitimize Prince Qing’s actions for convenience when the rebellion begins. Qinglong is betrayed by his fellow guards and becomes a fugitive when Jia denounces him as a traitor and issues an order for his arrest. Qinglong escapes and joins the Justice Escort Agency, where he strikes up a romantic relationship with Qiao Hua, the daughter of the agency’s leader. Qinglong is determined to fulfill his loyalty to the emperor and continues to search for evidence of Prince Qing’s rebellion plot and undermining Qing’s plans. He is joined by the Heaven Eagles Gang, a group of bandits led by the Judge of the Sands. Standing in Qinglong’s way are Jia Jingzhong’s lackeys and his former Jinyi Wei fellows, as well as Prince Qing’s goddaughter Tuotuo, a highly-skilled female pugilist.
Yeah, it didn’t make much sense to me either… normaly this is is that part where I get all irritated and talk about the numerous plot holes and the numerous times I said WUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTT. But I can actually let that all go. The costume design rivals those of Oscar nominated movies here in the states. And the fighting is just as good as any kung fu flick… which means it’ll blow your fucking mind (see: scene with coin and bowl) and Tuotuo is hot, fast, and can kill with all the fenese of her male counterparts.