While investigating a case, Shen Lian becomes wrapped up in his own conspiracy. In order to prove his innocence, he teams up with Bei Zhai to clear his name before time runs out. Add Synopsis In Portuguese
- Native Title: 绣春刀II：修罗战场
- Also Known As: Brotherhood of Blades: Xiu Luo Battlefield , Chun Xiu Dao Xiu Luo Zhan Chang , Xiu Chun Dao Qian Zhuan , Xiu Chun Dao II: Xiu Luo Zhan Chang , Brotherhood of Blades Prequel , Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield
- Directors: Lu Yang
- Genres: Adventure, Historical, Investigation
Cast & Credits
How to top an already phenomenal first movie.Brotherhood of the Blades 2 is one of those rare second movies that I liked better than the first (which also rocked). In this prequel, the younger Shen Lian stumbles upon a larger political conspiracy in the middle of an assignment to eliminate a controversial artist. The plot falls more along the lines of a mystery with just the right number of plot twists and betrayals. While the action scenes are still bloody, intense and masterfully choreographed, there is a better balance between close up lethal swordplay, suspenseful cat and mouse evasions and gripping high speed chases.
The plot in the prequel is easier to follow and more interesting to me. The cast is stronger and the characters are deeper and have to grapple with more inner conflicts. The three main characters - Shen Lian (Chang Chen), Lu Wen Zhao (Zhang Yi) and Pei Lun (Lie Jia Yin) have agendas, loyalties and morals that are at times in outright conflict, making them alternately allies and adversaries. Yet they are bound by a certain code of conduct and mutual empathy shared by those who are ultimately just expendable chess pieces. Chang Chen's Shen Lian silently brimmed with intensity from barely suppressed defiance, to lethal violence, to cold calculation and to longing and desire in this movie. Lie Jia Yin as Pei Lun was his perfect foil with his nonchalant mocking insolence and casually deadly innuendo. Their chemistry as both friends and foes was spot on - I could not get enough of them. In the first movie, the third male lead, his sappy love interest and the female lead were insipid superfluous characters. This second movie doesn't have any notable weak links in the cast. In fact all of the supporting characters were exceptionally well acted.
Also two thumbs up for the strong, yet paradoxical female lead character - a brave and independent woman with a voice that will not be suppressed but who yet loves not that wisely. Ever at fault with a damsel in distress, Shen Lian's reluctant yet burning infatuation with her had me squealing with delight. I was shocked however to discover Yang Mi's truly awful real voice - it is thin, reedy and at odds with the strong character she portrayed. She pretty much owes all her success to her voice dubbers and undoubtedly this is why she hasn't graduated to the big screen despite her popularity and success. Still there is something inexplicable about her that connects with all her leading men and Chang Chen was no exception here.
Overall a fantastic movie to revisit, one that is hugely satisfying for any Chang Chen and/or Lie Jia Yin fan suffering from withdrawal after 2019's top dramas.
This movie should've last longerThe storyline was just too short. I love both the main characters. The ending was great! A life spared. I would've enjoyed this if they made this into a drama series. The visual effects were good for being 2 hours. The sword fighting was excellent. I need to view more of Chang Shen movies. I watched this before I watched the first one. He has a lot of movies but some have not been released as of yet. Yang Mi I love so there is nothing I could say about her even when I didn't like the "Negotiator".