I’m one of the biggest Donnie Yen fans out there. If he’s in a movie, I’m almost always guaranteed to love it. I have to admit, though, that that I’m not as huge a fan of his historical movies. An Empress and the Warriors and Painted Skin weren’t really that hot. But he followed it up with one of his best works, Ip Man (which we reviewed here). Still, my favorite works of his are the ones based in modern day, like Kill Zone and Flashpoint.
That being said, his newest film, 14 Blades, which opens next Spring, looks pretty spiffy.
During the Ming Dynasty, the Emperor of China possessed one weapon greater than all others, the Jinyiwei, an elite force of assassins recruited from street orphans. Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades, eight being for torture, five for killing, and the last blade being reserved for suicide when a mission failed. Above the law, with a license to kill, the Jinyiwei 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 and XUANWU, are assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. However unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission Qinglong is betrayed by Xuanwu and barely escapes with his life. Now as the most wanted man in the land Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei.