Movie Review – Brotherhood of Blades (2015)

Brotherhood of Blades
Directed by Yang Lu
Courtesy of Well Go USA
Release Date: February 10, 2015


When I first got the press release for BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES, I knew instantly I wanted to see it based on the title alone. I mean, how can you not be interested in a film with a title like that? It just screams “Watch me!” I’m glad I gave it a look because this film is an epic historical drama with an intriguing storyline and excellent fight scenes. If you’re a fan of of movies like CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, then you will want to check this one out soon.

If you are not familiar with BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:

Lu, Shen Lian, and Yichuan. Three sworn brothers, and deadly Jinyiwei – Secret Police of the Imperial Guard. The new Emperor’s first mission – find and annihilate the corrupt fugitive Eunuch Wei and his followers. But one mistake reveals the truth – the three men are pawns in a deadly game, unleashing a chain of secrets, conspiracies, and lethal consequences.

I knew I was going to like this film from the start. It contains a gripping story with believable characters and intense action. But it is also a compelling period piece that shows the value of honor and how family is not defined by blood. In short, the film is epic in scope and vision, as well as execution.

BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES is shot well and looks great onscreen. The cinematography is a big part of what makes this movie so excellent from a visual standpoint. It also helps convey the importance of key scenes and adds to the intensity of the battles.

The acting is superb as well. The actors who portray the Jinyiwei each do an outstanding job and bring their characters to life with vivid detail. Their emotional performances lend a huge amount of credibility to the onscreen drama and set the tone for the film as a whole. I particularly enjoyed Chen Chang’s portrayal of Shen Lian, the main character. Chang is a great fighter, but he’s also a true actor, which makes the movie even better.

The battle sequences in BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES are also amazing. There’s martial-arts action, but it’s not the wire-work-filled displays that modern day audiences are used to; this is not a bad thing, as I love those kinds of movies as well. But the lack of over-exaggerated fight scenes makes this movie even more believable.

BROTHERHOOD OF BLADES is a huge win for me and I highly recommend it. The film is available now in a variety of formats. Be sure and check it out on Blu-ray, so you can enjoy the superior picture quality and HD sound. You won’t regret it.


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