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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…
It's my birthday today. I am 20 years old. Which feels weird. But throughout the day, instead of celebrating, I've been writing an essay about Guillermo Del Toro and in particular Pan's Labyrinth. Not the usual activity one would usually indulge in on their birthday but otherwise it's been a peaceful day and that, in spite of my noisy nephew visiting - shouting and screaming and beating me up is all I really want in general, and also because a birthday is albeit an almost inane celebration, a nice day.
It's a time when oddly, some people say happy birthday and I say thank you and I open gift wrapped presents from my mother (she bought me Under the Skin…
March Across the World Challenge Film #9 - China
For many, not seeing a film like House of Flying Daggers would not be considered strange as I would imagine that even at it's peak of popularity, Chinese wuxia cinema wasn't exactly something embraced by a majority. For me though, after over a decade since its release, the fact that I was finally experiencing this exciting and literally colorful movie seemed hard to believe.
I love wuxia. The style, the surreal action, the melodramatic performances that somehow fit the overall tone perfectly. House of Flying Daggers has it all, and while the lackluster storyline leaves plenty to be desired, the costumes, the set pieces, the vivid usage of color and the…
Wife: Why are you watching House of Flying Daggers again?
Me: It's been awhile since I've seen it. I've watched a lot of martial arts and Hong Kong movies in the last couple of years and I'm curious how it holds up.
Wife: How is it?
Me: Kinda weird. It's so ornate, rococo in costumes and sets and plot and everything. So pretty, but it feels like there's something missing. The plot is so ridiculously convoluted and hard to follow: everyone is lying to everyone else all the time so no one's motivations are ever really clear and even the ostensible conflict of the film, the fight between the rebellious Flying Daggers movement and their Tang Dynasty rulers, is totally…
Without a doubt, some striking visuals and impressive action sequences. But, House of Flying Daggers is let down by its paper-thin plot and even less fleshed out central characters.
The film is also guilty at times of being over-repetitious (think, the soldiers throwing swears while chasing them through the trees) and you are just begging for the plot to be moved forward.
Enjoyable for the action and the ending, but fairly sparse otherwise...
Shi mian mai fu (House of Flying Daggers) was for me nothing special. I know it got out before the movie I'm about to mention, but this movie really reminded me of 300. Two different cultures (Chinese and Greek mythology) , but the same kind of style and use of slow-motion. Where 300 is darker, House of Flying Daggers is more colorful.
The choreography in the movie is really, really good, but of course it falls in the category of being very unrealistic, usually I'm not the guy who is really picky about things being far from realistic or not, but I just didn't get that ''wow''-effect. The story itself isn't anything extraordinary either, was just so and so for…
Great Movie Stars one of my fav actors Zhang Ziyi <3
A lush and beautiful martial arts romance. You'll never look at bamboos the same way again.
[REVIEW] 90/100 - House of Flying Daggers
By the time that the snow begins to fall and the climactic battle begins, the viewer is so fully immersed in Yimou’s visual foreplay that the final 10 minutes is a purely ecstatic feast for the eyes. This phenomenon is certainly due to the accumulative density of both story and style; as the film progresses, it builds to a thematic and cinematic genius that is difficult to deny, easily absolving the certain few awkward moments of melodrama.
wunderschön gefilmter streifen mit tollen martial arts-einlagen und bildern. im vordergrund steht die liebesgeschichte zwischen mei und den anderen beiden pfeifen. wer die schnitte am ende nun bekommt muss jeder selbst sehen.
um mir einen direkten vergleich zu hero zu erlauben, mÃ¼sste ich mir den film noch einma ansehen, aber ich finde der regisseur hat auch bei flying daggers tolle arbeit geleistet und ich fand diesen film kurzweiliger als hero.
In which a forrest of bamboo is shredded in seconds while people fly around yelling.
Also.. the colors and camera work are super cool.
The aim of a director is to capture their vision, and Zhang Yimou does a spectacular job with 'House of Flying Daggers'. Visually, the movie is splendid. The action setpieces are marvelous - there's a forest fight that rivals or even surpasses the one in 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon'. However, the story here is so silly and thin that nearly every scene where the wind isn't getting knocked out of a sucker, the movie loses steam. But there's more than enough fighting to go around.
- still a terrific little martial arts movie, not because of the martial arts, but because it's like some 1940 gangster movie with the classic tragic romance and plot twists, plus martial arts and pretty scenery stuffs.
- lighting is somewhat harsh at times, but esp. in scenes shot in broad daylight without cover of trees and such.
If there's anything to be said for this film, it's certainly visually appealing. Right off the bat I was impressed by the elaborate and beautiful wardrobe. But perhaps most beautiful of all, is a scene where Mei and Jin stumble upon a seemingly endless field of flowers. It's scenes like these that appealed to me more than anything. I really appreciated the use of the natural landscape as a backdrop for much of the film.
There's also a couple fight scenes I quite enjoyed. One of which takes place in a lush bamboo forest. Seriously, who knew bamboo trees lent themselves to such amazing martial arts scenes?
The final battle between Jin and Leo is another favorite scene of…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
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