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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…
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…
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...
The film looks stunning from beginning to end along with great action and characters, House of Flying Daggers is certainly entertaining. Score, editing, and pacing were sub-par at times throughout the film but I managed. Good beginning, really?! middle, and a stunning end to a film that I just didn't see coming. Pretty good film.
From a purely visual standpoint, I love the look of House of Flying Daggers even more than that of Hero. Where Hero derives its beauty from the contrast of vibrant color to stark, muted landscape, Daggers dials up dominant colors to nearly overwhelming intensity. I'm thinking especially of later scenes in the bamboo forest where the whole frame is bathed in green; from the light, the vegetation, the character's clothes. The CGI is more refined as well, although its use is much less grand. Hero is far-and-away the better film, but the beauty of Daggers will keep me coming back, lackluster plotting be damned.
Incredibly beautiful photography.
Managed to surprise me several times with unexpected plot twists.
Definitely not as good as crouching tiger, but a good story and believable characters help it along the way. Beautifully shot with vivid colors, altho it seems at times that this was done by John Woo with as much unnecessary slow mo as it had... Yeah, it took me out of it at times. But all in all, an enjoyable rewatch.
Colors.. colors... those colors. Visually cool. Style of fight sequences weren't my particularly my taste but still interesting with some really cool moments. Otherwise I wasn't all that thrilled by this.
Echo dance, Echo fight, flying daggers & all fine. But story& screenplay wise numb when compared to other chinese war movies
Just like Zhang Yimou's previous wuxia film, Hero, this one is perfect in every way. Except it doesn't have Tony Leung.
Excellent visuals, pretty well-written scripting and plot.
However, the premise is much too sappy for me. Watching it was not the most enjoyable of experiences. Wasn't a fan of the action either; too fantastical for me.
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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