House of Flying Daggers
In 9th century China, a corrupt government wages war against a rebel army called the Flying Daggers. A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful rebel out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.
A blind showgirl and the undercover agent sent to catch her run away together, pursued by scores of soldiers AND OH MY WORD, WILL YOU LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS, I THINK MY EYES HAVE AN ERECTION. Zhang Yimou's stunning, vivid, extremely green contribution to the wuxia genre is like opium for your optics: beautifully designed and filmed in colours both bold and gentle, vibrant but never garish, its vast widescreen frame filled with an abundance of detail: drums, trees and ribbons all seen as if seen for the first time.
There's also like a story. Zhang Ziyi stars as a blind, dancing prostitute and enthusiastic insurgent - allied to a revolutionary movement called the House of Flying Daggers - who's…
Perhaps my lack of familiarity with Chinese cinema played a part, but I didn't expect to be as enthralled by House of Flying Daggers as I ultimately was. For all its penetrative force and symbolic passion, the colours are the most astonishing element of this sweeping martial arts tale of love and desperation. Magnificently utilised, the colours, most notable during the film’s imaginative action sequences give the film its definitive and unique poetic edge, to the extent that they feel as emotionally devastating as the film’s more human moments.
Gloriously pieced together, House of Flying Daggers tells the story of the declining Tang Dynasty and the rebel groups who seek to rebuild society. After the death of the leader of…
Crouching Tiger has better fights, Hero is beautifully colourful but neither have the emotional impact of Flying Daggers which also is as visually stunning as Hero. Ziyi Zhang is exceptional.
Spectacular visual effects and besides that just a very good movie. Photography as well as the acting is of the highest standards.
Not as emotionally involving as Ang Lee's magnificent Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or as epic as Yimou Xiong's Hero, House of Flying Daggers is still a slice of beautifully shot escapism.
The film boasts some spectacularly choreographed fight sequences, the highlight for me being the prolonged treetop attack where soldiers slide up and down bamboo shoots swooping at their targets like birds of prey.
Unfortunately House suffers from being overly sentimental and there is a slight overuse of slow motion that tends to jar the films flow somewhat, but compared to most modern Hollywood action fare, I can quite easily let it's imperfections slide and enjoy the rich tapestry of Eastern aesthetics on show here.
Just like Hero, this film is simply one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.
Entire scenes in green, yellow and white are just jaw dropping.
Add to this incredible fighting scenes, awesome swords, terrific score and a great love story and what you get is the awesome House of Flying Daggers.
Also like Hero, this film plot, which might seem simple at first, evolves into a complex story full of twists and betrayels.
The story is about a police officer who pretends to truly help the supposed blind daughter of the dead master of the Flying Daggers, a dangerous group that is fighting against…
Highly entertaining. Beautifully shot. A powerful tale of love and loyalty. You come for the roundhouse kicks, you stay for the target-seeking flying knives. Poetry in motion, this colourful and emotional tale of intrigue and ninja skills is not to be missed.
House of Flying Daggers's completely a beautiful masterpiece!
Everything is amazing in this film, the acting, scenarios, soundtrack, story... everything!
I never get tired of this film, especially because Takeshi Kaneshiro.
Promising first-act relationship-building devolves into a hilarious, twisty faux-epic. The action is incredible (some of the best action sequences ever put to film--the bamboo sequence in particular is stunning), and the laughs are consistent enough to outweigh most of the film's flaws. But on the negative side, the misogyny is pretty awful and, unfortunately, prominent.
A real silly kung fu movie with great action scenes. Drags a bit too long and has some troubling story elements, but is a lot of fun on the whole.
One of the most beautiful films ever made, along with Life of Pi and Tree of Life. Every scene has a color palette, and every action is perfectly choreographed. This might give the sense of being stilted or robotic, but it rather felt like a ballet.
Of the flying martial arts genre, this is my favorite. Not only is it gorgeous, it is deeply emotional in a bittersweet way. The first two times I watched it, I didn't really pay much attention to the plot, so captivated I was by the images. This time, I wanted to remember the story, and I found it simple but powerfully romantic. The best version of Romeo and Juliet I've seen.
The House of…
Entertaining. Visually beautiful.