The year is 859 AD and China’s Tang Dynasty is in decline. Anarchic armies have formed in protest and are locked in battle with the corrupt government. The most revered and powerful army is ‘The House of Flying Daggers’.
Following the mega-hit Hero, Zhang Yimou delivers yet another enormous and absolutely awe-inspiring production—a stunningly-made wuxia both magnificent in its visual splendor and a startling achievement in craft. A spectacle, and moreover, a passionate love story, starring Andy Lau and Zhang Ziyi.
There is the fantastic and imaginative dramaturgy of colors, sounds, forms and movements I valuate so much in Zhang Yimou's films. The echo game and its transition into a sword fight sequence are stunning, also regarded as a study in choreographing sounds.
100% pure amazing. The fight scenes are well choreographed and the sets & costumes are beautifully designed - today's martial-arts dramas like this continue to have good reputation and never fails to entertain audiences worldwide or create that beauty. I really love the "Echo Game" scene, which stunned me the most.
Does anybody choreograph and frame action sequences better than Zhang? Flying Daggers is a further example of his stylishly indulgent approach to martial arts, wuxia films. The use of CGI does come dangerously close to distracting and the final few moments focuses too much attention on the triangular romance but overall, this is first rate eye candy.
Every young geek I met in college told me how The Matrix stole so much stuff from Eastern pop culture, but watching House of Flying Daggers, it's clear that it struck a nerve on the other side of the world. The wireworks are emphasized more than ever, as is bullet-time with knifes and questions of truth.
[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...