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…
In der Tat: HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS ist ein hübscher Film. Um jeden Preis möchte dieser den Zuschauer überwältigen: mit seinen farbenprächtigen Bildern, einer zurückhaltenden aber gekonnt eingesetzter Kameraarbeit oder den gut choreographierten Kampfsequenzen. Dieses "Arthouse Martial Arts" ist in diesem Falle aber auch style over substance. Erst gegen Ende nimmt das Drehbuch die lose ausgelegten Fäden über Liebe und das Stellen eigener Bedürfnisse über die einer Gruppe auf. Bis dorthin kann HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS mit seiner Schönheit betören (ja irgendwo auch einlullen) und Kenner des Martial Arts-Films mit seinen Referenzen erfreut. Eines ist klar: der Einfluss der drei klassischen Wuxia-Filme eines King Hus - COME DRINK WITH ME (DAS SCHWERT DER GELBEN TIGERIN), DRAGON GATE INN (DIE HERBERGE…
rich in colour and spectacle, a classic tragic arc is intelligently infused with impossibly lush photography and poetically handled wuxia, zhang delivers her best work in a role that displayed her poise, a soaringly high achievement
film #19 of the how to be a feminist challenge
task #15: a movie you think will make you cry
i'm naming zhang ziyi the queen of the world and martial arts, bless us all with your skills.
i must add that i made myself like this because it's katya's favourite movie, otherwise i don't think i would have enjoyed this much.
This is the first time I've seen the movie straight through, and although the plot makes more sense, it still doesn't seem as strong as the others it's compared to (Hero, Crouching Tiger). In addition, I didn't think the cinematography was as pretty as those either. The bamboo and snow fight scenes were impressive, but for many of the dialogue scenes the setting wasn't as good as I'd exxpect from Zhang.
For a wire-fu film,
There's a lot more romance here
Than you would expect.
One of the Zhang Yimou Masterpiece..
best bit of this is when the old woman and the secret flying dagger dude stand in the pretty forest and explain the plot to each other really clumsily.
"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life"
The story is one we all know, but manages to be entertaining regardless. At times it's a bit melodramatic, and the dialogue is all exposition, but I am just gonna attribute that to the translation.
But woah! The cinematography and colors are top-notch = 5/5
Watched with C, 7/11/16.
currently trying to read all 339 books that are mentioned as well.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!