14 Blades
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Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades. Above the law and with a license to kill, they devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch JIA, the best of the Jinyiwei, QINGLONG is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. Unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission he's betrayed and barely escapes with his life. Now the most wanted man in the land Qinglong must seek out and rally… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director, co-writer and production designer Daniel Lee keeps things moving so quickly, there's little time to worry about such basics as where we are or what's actually going on."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Stylish package has thesps hitting their marks (and each other), but also keeps the human drama from being swamped by wirework and CGI effects."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"But not even the most garbled Tsui Hark joint is as unintelligible as 14 Blades, a film that's lost in its own backyard."
‑ David Ehrlich, The Dissolve
"Striking to look at there are echoes of film noir in the image making with hard contrasts and plenty of deep shadows - and lots of blue"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"While "14 Blades" grinds on perhaps a half-hour too long, its ambitions and energies show that for a fresh take on the western, go east."
‑ Daniel M. Gold, New York Times
"Its stylishly retro touch and flashy sets and stunts makes a nice package."
‑ Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter
"An immensely gifted physical performer, Donnie Yen isn't strong enough an actor to suggest an authentic inner life to his character beyond a vague sense of stone-faced dissatisfaction."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"a breathless dash through the desert, as spectacular as it is slyly sentimental."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Come for Ku's joyful choreography, stay for Yen's most memorable post-comeback performance."
‑ Simon Abrams, Village Voice
"Casting Donnie Yen in a martial arts film and burying him in CGI is akin to casting Arnold Schwarzenegger in an action film and arming him with a Nerf gun."
‑ Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine
"Over the top, over saturated and overly melodramatic, this wuxia action adventure follows an outlawed swordsman in Ancient China who has to save the Emperor, fight off deadly assassins and restore his dignity."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
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