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.
Pretty fun film to watch hungover with some friends, definitely recommended in that sense. Visually and stylistically it's a pretty gorgeous film, but the plot was a bit too long and convoluted, and after a while it became a bit too goofy for my liking. Still though, fun film.
Beautiful Chinese art movie about thieves in the old days. This is a romantic action fantasy of the type that the Chinese can make so fantastic and they even get away with a tragic ending. Memorable battles in a snowstorm, bamboo forest and in fields. Visually it is a feast for the eyes and pure cinematic magic to behold. Excellent use of folk music too.
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.
i dont really see what the hype is about for this...it felt like a ripoff of crouching tiger at first like how many pond bathes can ziyi take while a man ensures her he wont look.....im always weak for zhang yimous color use though and i noticed that the film moves from garishly multicolored to autumnal colors to a muted brown then bright green then all white...