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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…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
Best Film I saw at the 2004 London Film Festival.
In medieval China, the corrupt warlords are perpetually harassed by the rebel group called the House of Flying Daggers. Two local guardsmen hatch a plot to find the secret base of the group, starting with a blind dancer at the local House of Ill Repute.
Could even Bruce Lee have imagined movies of the much-maligned martial arts genre presented with multi-million-dollar budgets, spectacular sets, beautiful costumes and outdoor environments, and the latest in CGI and special effects? It's an amazing-looking films of any genre - from the vista of a field with millions of flower petals floating in air to the intricate designs in a buildings walls and floor, there are astounding sights continually filling every corner of the…
TIFF 04. I don't get the love for this or Hero. They're both fine but I could just as easily do without.
This is one of the most stupid movies I've ever seen. It's fairly well made, but the story is insulting. A "great love" story that turns on an opaque, brute fact love. However, as this is how love often is, it passes for plausible, but once the film takes it for something better founded it loses all credibility. And it loses it hard.
I couldn't understand SHIT
Really cool scene with the beans on the drums. Best parts are precis-ed in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey.
I have seen this film but it was too long ago so I do not consider it a rewatch. I did not regret that I decided to see it though, it was wonderful. I finished lat year with a bad film, therefore I was very glad that I start this year with a great one. The ending just broke my heart. I do not have so much to say because this film needs to be felt, not described. The cast were great, Zhang Ziyi is wonderful The film as a whole was wonderfully beautiful, I recommend it.
It's a great old tail, were every singel shot are as powerfull on it's own as a famous painting.
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…
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