3 main characters are all elite guards for the palace. One of their fellow guardsmen goes bad. His former companions must now forget their bond and apprehend him. But are they being lured into a larger conspiracy against their emperor?
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These Mandarin-language historical actioners made their name with highly choreographed martial arts and moments of visual poetry. The action in "Brotherhood" feels rushed and choppy, and there is no romance to its images. Sadly, Chang Chen made more of an impression with his brief appearance in "The Grandmaster" than he does as the lead here. The most "Blades" has to offer is high production values and a brisk pace.