Review

Second film of Fantastic Fest for Harry is 14 BLADES with Donnie Yen in Full on Jedi mode!

Published at: Sept. 24, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey Folks, Harry here with another quick look at the film I just got out of... Director Daniel Lee's 14 BLADES is one of those mechanical martial arts flicks that is one part James Bond, one part Shaw Brothers classic and one part modern romantic martial arts fantasy. Donnie Yen plays Qing Long, a member of the Jin Yi Wei and is the master of the 14 blades in the title. As is usual, people start dying and everything is one gigantic cluster fuck, and the only thing standing in the way between a civil war and general suck age for the life of the people of China is if Donnie Yen can protect the royal seal and deliver it safely to the Emperor. The film also stars the beautiful and charming Wei Zhao as Qiao Hua as a young woman promised into marriage to someone she isn't looking forward to. She ends up going along on this adventure after an early ambush. Kate Tsui plays the deadly Tuo Tuo and man... This is what Joss Whedon should look at to up the Black Widow's badassery. holy shit that women is a fucking nightmare to fight. I can't remember the name of the actor playing the head of a roving band of bandits called the Sky Eagles, but holy shit he rules! Actually the whole movie does. Wish the cg was a bit better, but it didn't distract terribly. If you love Donnie Yen, you are going to love this a lot. So far Fantastic Fest is batting a 1000! Next is Tony Jaa in Ong Bak 3... Decided to kick my fest off with Korean, Hong Kong and Thai badaasery... If you are also at Fantastic Fest be sure to send your reviews to harry@aintitcool.com.



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  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    wow

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST

    modern romantic martial arts, huh...

    by Tigger Tales

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Now I know you're full of shit.

    by mistergreen

    14 Blade sucked. There was nothing redeeming about the movie expect the fighting at times. The full on CG was awful and the story and emotions was worse.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    I kind of liked Ong Bak 3 btw.

    by mistergreen

    The only thing good about the movie was the fighting but that's all you can ask from Tony Jaa.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A TRAILER OR FOOTAGE

    by BringingSexyBack

    Donnie Yen rules. Just caught Ip Man recently and it had more Yen action than I expected. It's a treat to watch him kick ass.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    "KILL BILL" is QT's Jet Li's "Kiss Of The Dragon"

    by TheJudger

    You know it to be true lots of repeated plot play and scenes. The dojo in KOTD vs the Crazy 8's. The Dragon Kiss vs Five Point Palm. The Daughter shit. Yeap.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Have to agree with BSB . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Where's the beef!?!?!?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Gotta go with mistergreen...

    by Bvc79

    As a huge Donnie Yen/HK cinema fan, I have to say 14 Blade was very underwhelming. It has some very nice fight sequences, but the story, as it's usually the case with Daniel Lee's movies, is not structured properly. Plus, while the veil girl is hot, her CGI enhanced fighting sucked. For awesome HK movies, you'd be better off watching Ip Man 1 and/or 2, Ip Man: The Legend Begins, or the uber-fantastic Gallants.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    too chop-sockey..

    by nolan bautista

    first fight= main character kicks ass to establish himself as the "guy" second/third fight= maybe he gets his ass kicked a liitle bit so the viewers can relate to his vulnerability last fight= he lays down a major ass whoopin' against superior numbers and saves the day/kingdom/honor and maybe gets the girl

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Zhao Wei does it for me

    by gun_will_travel

    In a major way. Even after all these years. Love her in everything she does.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    This is a decent flick, better than alot of other shit

    by UGG

    Ong Bak 3 is abysmal.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    And this was better than True Legend too

    by UGG

    from what I remember, although all the latest Kung Fu flicks have been pretty underwhelming, this was one of the better ones. Ong Bak 3 though is worse than 2.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Zhao Wei

    by wrx

    This is the girl from Shaolin Soccer, isnt it?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    14 Blades isHidden Fortress crossed with Raiders of the Lost Ar

    by SonicRiver

    Can't wait to see this!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    However...

    by PorkChopXpress

    Since this has Sammo Hung and Zhao Wei in it, I give it a better chance of being good than the average Donnie Yen flick.