'Brotherhood of Blades 2' confident in quality

By Zhang Rui
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The period wuxia drama "Brotherhood of Blades 2" advanced its release date by three weeks due to its producers' confidence in its quality.

Leading actor Chang Chen and actress Yang Mi interacts on stage at the premiere ceremony in Beijing, July 16, 2017. [Photo / China.org.cn] 

"Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield," directed by Lu Yang and starring Chang Chen, Yang Mi, Zhang Yi, Lei Jiayin, Xin Zhilei and Chin Shi-chieh, is actually a prequel to the critically-acclaimed Ming dynasty period martial arts drama "Brotherhood of Blades" (2014).

It went through more than 1,000 advanced screenings last weekend and received rave reviews as some described it as a Ming Dynasty version of "House of Cards" plus "Jason Bourne."

Its wide release date was also advanced from the original Aug. 11 to July 19, a record change in Chinese film history for a scheduled summer film release, indicating the producers' great confidence during the fiercely competitive summer season as normally many Chinese films would push back the release date to avoid competition with Hollywood or other domestic blockbusters.

Audiences can rest assured of a great script, written by the first installment's writer Chen Shu, mixing genres of wuxia, secret agents, detective, political conspiracy and action elements with elaborate props and martial arts choreography, a China.org.cn film critic said.

Set in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the story follows Shen Lian (Chang Chen), who is a secret policeman of the corrupt imperial government guard and trapped by a conspiracy while on a mission. To prove his innocence, he seeks the truth with a young female artist and activist called Bei Zhai (Yang Mi) and his colleague Pei Lun (Lei Jiayin).

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