17 Oct '14, 8am

MOVIE REVIEW | This wuxia film, a nominee at November's Golden Horse Awards, is top-notch:

MOVIE REVIEW | This wuxia film, a nominee at November's Golden Horse Awards, is top-notch:

‘Brotherhood of Blades’, written and directed by Beijing Film Academy graduate Lu Yang, is an ambitious wuxia (Chinese swordfighting) epic juggling many narrative threads and characters. It is a huge departure from his first two feature films, ‘My Spectacular Theatre’ and ‘A Motor Home Adventure’, both indie drama films that are largely unseen outside of the film festival circuit. It would not be farfetched to say that ‘Brotherhood of Blades’ is the most exciting wuxia film entry since the John Woo-produced ‘Reign of Assassins’ (2010). If Lee Ang’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (2000) is a romantic homage to the poetic beauty of wuxia , ‘Brotherhood of Blades’ is a revisionist genre reboot to show the gritty and dark side of the world of swordsmen and pugilists. Set in the 17th century during the late Ming Dynasty in China, when there were corruption and power struggles...

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