Movies that are slightly off.
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…
To this day carries the reputation of a CROUCHING TIGER coattail rider, but while it never reaches those emotional heights it's so much more traditionally Shaw, despite its formal modernity and technical advances an immaculate reproduction/homage to King Hu and Li Han-Hsiang. The bamboo forest fight is as good as contemporary wuxia gets.
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…
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…
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…
Molto godibili le scene action anche se un po' troppo esagerate, ma la storia d'amore è troppo banale...dai
Nicely coloured Chinese sword-fighting movie, but the poorly animated flying daggers and the spatters of blood are really distracting.
The colors are fantastic, but the character drama didn't quite work for me. There are some wonderful sequences, but leaning on cg dates it a bit.
A beautiful looking film inspired by Iron Monkey and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Just like those films the stylization never overpowered the story and characters. While the characters in Flying Daggers aren't as fleshed out as in other movies like this I was still enthralled by the romance between the characters mixed with chorographical fights. Mei is a blind assassin for the mysterious clan that title is named after and is looking to assassinate the prime leaders of the governor during the Tang dynasty ruling in China. Mei is captured and soon to be killed, but she is recused by bow and arrow master Wind. The two flee into the woods with the soldiers in toe. But actually, Wind is…
Melodrama in abundance in this classically made Martial Arts romance story.
Following a battle between a faction of assassins that aim to spread wealth amongst the poor and the oppressive police forces (none of this is actually shown). A blind warrior is captured and tricked into leading a double agent to the hiding place of the assassins to kill their newly appointed leader.
The film has a few twists and turns that you can see early on, the problem is the big conflict of the film is used only to frame this trialled and tested story of forbidden romance, it works well for the climax but you feel a bit shafted of a far bigger and more Illusive storyline.
every time every damn time i love this so much!!!!!!
A plot about love and deception, it's all been done before, but the beauty of the film is what truly makes it. It really is a stunning film, the costumes, the sets, the constant flow of blowing trees of different colours, I especially loved the showgirl building, wonderfully painted.
The obvious exposition was obvious, over-acting was common and predictable plot doesn't let this film be a perfect film. However I can't say I was bored, and I enjoyed the many twists even when I could guess the next twist after like the first two.
None the less a stunning film, kept me entertained, and yeah the stories been done before but that doesn't bother me hugely, as long as when a story is repeated it has its own unique version, and this was definetely the way it was shot.
I have never seen any martial arts films before and this month I watched Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon also but House of Flying Daggers was a real cinematic spectacle. I am also now a little bit in love with Ziyi Zhang, so cool that this film centred around a girl who as exceptional at martial arts I v much appreciated that. The dance scene was amazing, she is utterly beautiful, the cinematography blew me away, specifically in the scene with all the bamboo and I was completely swept up in the grand romance of it all. The final scene was perfectly played out.
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