Donnie Yen is the lethal weapon in 14 Blades
, the stylish wuxia film from acclaimed action movie master Daniel Lee (Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon
) about Jinyiwei, the feared secret agents of the imperial court in ancient China who were famously clad in brocade costumes. There's probably no better choice than Yen for the headlining role of a hunted Jinyiwei commander, as the film offers plenty of opportunities for the martial arts superstar to flex his muscles. Further boosting the film's appeal are his attractive co-stars including Mainland actress Vicki Zhao (Red Cliff
), Taiwan pop idol Wu Chun of Fahrenheit (Butterfly Lovers
), Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer Kate Tsui (Eye in the Sky
), and Singaporean actor Qi Yuwu (Painted Skin
). Kung fu legend Sammo Hung, Shaw Brothers star Chen Kuan Tai, and veteran Hong Kong actors Wu Ma, Law Ka Ying, and Damian Lau round out the star-studded cast. Nominated for Best Action Choreography and Best Sound Design at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards, 14 Blades
was the top-grossing Chinese blockbuster during the 2010 Chinese New Year holidays.
In the final years of Ming dynasty, the Jinyiwei has come under the control of power-hungry eunuch Jia Jingzhong. Secretly conspiring with an exiled prince (Sammu Hung) to rebel against the emperor, the corrupt eunuch frames the Jinyiwei captain Qinglong (Donnie Yen) for treason and orders his death. With his fellow Jinyiwei agents, and the deadly assassin Tuotuo (Kate Tsui) after him, the beleaguered fugitive fights his way out and is joined on his run by Qiao Hua (Vicki Zhao), the daughter of a security agency leader. Together, they set out to stop Jia's conspiracy with help from a powerful bandit king (Wu Chun).