The Jinyi Wei (simplified Chinese: 锦衣卫; literally "Brocade-Clad Guard") was the secret service of the Ming emperors, Imperial highest Central Intelligence Agency. Originally a 500-man organization set up in 1382 by Emperor Hongwu (Zhu Yuanzhang) to be his personal bodyguards, it was soon entrusted and empowered to watch over his officials. By 1385 they numbered 14,000 and were the emperor's eyes and ears(Ming's Chinese nicknamed them were Central officials eagles and military dogs朝廷鹰犬) press people especially in political and military. At their peak (time of Zhengde Emperor), the Jinyi Wei had about 200,000 members. They had the power to bypass judicial precedures and could arrest, imprison and punish without going through due process just only obey by emperor's will.
14 Blades is a 2010 wuxia film directed by Daniel Lee, starring Donnie Yen, Zhao Wei, Sammo Hung, Wu Chun, Kate Tsui, Qi Yuwu and Damian Lau. A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues. After he's framed for treason, a legendary royal guard (Donnie Yen) joins forces with a gang of outlaws to save an empire.
Toys Works 1/6th scale Ming Dynasty Jin Yiwei Imperial Bodyguard 12-inch figure Features: Highly detailed head sculpt bearing Donnie Yen's likeness and comes with rooted hair, approximately 32cm tall Muscular body, Hands x 3 pairs, Broad rim helmet, White shirt, Black top, Black pants, Black leather-like sash, Black leather-like cape, Boots, Gauntlets, Metal blades x 2, Crossbow, Crossbow bolt x 2, Weapons chest (openable, with shooting mechanism), Figure Stand
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