Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with ... See full summary »
In Taipei, the crippled scientist Hashimoto uses his invention of "Menger Sponge" to capture the energy of the spirit of a child in an old building. He invites the specialist in reading ... See full summary »
During Second Sino-Japanese War, China suffered from cholera outbreak because Japanese uses it as an biological weapon. Four Chinese agents captures a Japanese scientist and his bodyguard ... See full summary »
Defense attorney Tim gets a case: Disabled piano teacher Jane has accused celebrity doctor Zhou of sexual assault, and who wouldn't believe the sweet and angelic Jane over the professional and seemingly cold Dr. Zhou?
When Aryong, the daughter of a triad boss from Hong Kong is accused of killing the boss of a competing triad, she is goes into hiding in Korea. Upon arriving, she is guided by a nimble but loyal Gi-chul and his motley crew, who are assigned to protect her until her return.
Qin Fen, a funny, honest, single inventor, met a girl called Smiley, who was in agony of her boyfriend's betrayal. They traveled to Hokkaido, tried to help Smiley cure her pain in heart, ... See full summary »
Wu is a poor local boy, who runs a bed and breakfast in Penghu. Yeh Fenfen is a rich Chinese girl, who comes from China's Shanxi Province to see the islet that she inherited from her ... See full summary »
A beautiful real-estate agent (Peiru) gets drunk at a karaoke bar and throws up on a principled, lonely cop (Zhendong). Zhendong quickly falls for the flirtatious Peiru despite the fact ... See full summary »
Apparently a reworking of John Woo's BULLET IN THE HEAD - not that you'll recognise much of it - BLOOD BROTHERS is a film made with a lot of effort behind it. The sumptuous 1930s settings are brought to life in a similar way to BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and the costumes, sets, and everything else is quite exemplary. Plus, they've brought in actors of the calibre - and popularity - of Daniel Wu, Shu Qi, and Ye Liu to act in the production. It has to be good, right?
Well, no, not really. The problem with BLOOD BROTHERS is that the storyline is extremely simplistic, concerning only half a dozen or so main characters who end up betraying and falling out with one another as the story progresses. It's way too slow-moving and simplistic for the running time, meaning that much of this is rather dull, despite the best efforts of those involved. The acting is fine and there are a couple of exciting scenes, but overall the director is sub-par and the story feels routine and all too familiar.
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