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’.
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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.
[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...
Although it's a visual beauty, it falls short when it's compared to "Hero" or "Raise the Red Lantern". None the less, visuals and non-aggressive music bring poetic touch into something that comes as a soap opera filled with love triangles and too much twists. Because of the latter, it's hard to take plot seriously or evoke any emotional resonance; but those faults are partially compensated with great fight scenes.