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14 Blades (2010)

Jin yi wei (original title)
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A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

Director:

Daniel Lee

Writers:

Daniel Lee (screenplay), Abe Kwong (screenplay) (as Kwong Man Wai) | 4 more credits »
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Qinglong
Wei Zhao ... Qiao Hua
Chun Wu ... Judge
Sammo Kam-Bo Hung ... Prince (as Sammo Hung)
Kate Tsui ... Tuo Tuo
Yuwu Qi ... Xuan Wu
Damian Lau ... Zhao Shenyan
Wu Ma ... Qiao Yung
Kar-Ying Law ... Jia Jingzhong
Kuan Tai Chen ... Fa Huang
Zhi-Hui Chen Zhi-Hui Chen ... Bai Hu
Xiangdong Xu Xiangdong Xu ... Xiahou (as Xiang Dong Xu)
Hark-On Fung ... Counselor
Loi Kwan Kam Loi Kwan Kam ... Zhu Que
Liu Zhuo-Ling Liu Zhuo-Ling ... Servant
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Storyline

A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and bloody images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | China | Singapore

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

22 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

14 Blades See more »

Filming Locations:

Ningxia, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,786,517
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

At one point, what is unquestionably a bundle of dynamite is used, although dynamite was patented in 1867 - 223 years after the end of the Ming Dynasty during which this movie takes place. See more »

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References Blade II (2002) See more »

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14 Blades - Implication for Modern day Customer service & Romance
8 January 2012 | by helena_yiuSee all my reviews

"14 Blades" represents the best M.A. movie I have even watched. Thanks to Daniel Lee who wrote this gorgeous piece of art work which portrays some positive human qualities lacking in so many M.A. movies. Qing Long (played by Donnie Yen) possesses some noble qualities of integrity, loyalty, commitment & courage, though a bit ruthless & cunning at times. Qiao Hua (played by Vicky Zhao) is faithful, gentle & optimistic. Another thing I like about this movie is that there are relatively few violent or bloody scenes.

Not a professional action scenes reviewer, I'd rather concentrate on talking about the movie's "Romance". On the surface, Qing Long seems to be using Qiao Hua for completing his own mission, but the trust between them makes their romantic connection very convincing. Qiao Hua, though a bit naive & ignorant of certain personality darkness of her hero, is actually fully committed to him for completing his course of action, thus demonstrating full customer service (we have to bear in mind that Qing Long is a big customer of Qiao Hua's father). Implication for modern day romance is:- Be fully devoted to your lover (rather than being over calculating) when you still have a chance & accept life as it is when you have none.

Qiao Hua shows a cheerful personality & maintains her serenity throughout the whole story, without the slightest resentment towards Tuo Tuo, who brings an end to her romantic journey. This makes her adjust better to the lonely life afterwards. Though the ending is a bit sad, it demonstrates how single women can still lead a meaningful life with the pure memory of delightful experience. This kind of attitude may sound a bit "classical" but forms a great example for people in turmoil situations.

I sincerely hope that Daniel Lee can produce more wonderful M.A. movies in the future, but with a happy ending next time. Donnie Yen & Vicky Zhao do create a perfect match on the screen ("Painted Skin" is a good example). Really looking forward to seeing them again soon in another great movie. Just to copy from Qiao Hua, "When there is hope, life is still inspiring!"


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