14 Blades is a decent enough addition to the wuxia flavour of movies, this time with martial arts superstar Donnie Yen, who is at a much-deserved high point in his career. Whilst perhaps not offering as substantial a movie as the superior Ip Man, or even as thrilling a movie as the cop flick SPL, 14 Blades still has a nice setup in Chinese history, a strong enough story to carry the adventure and a reasonably developed central character for Yen to play. Of course, there's also plenty of fighting too, albeit with a little too much CG interference, and overall this is a fairly welcome addition to the genre. On Blu-ray we get reasonable if flawed video which belays too much edge enhancement, a decent selection of audio tracks (all, unfortunately, marred by the fact that at least some of the cross-language cast had to be dubbed) and a couple of nice extras. This isn't one of the wuxia classics, like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, or even Hero, which Donnie Yen had a cameo in, but 14 Blades is still his entry into the sub-genre, and it is a perfectly enjoyable and entertaining one.
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