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...
[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... Read more: http://nextprojection.com/2015/11/12/beyond-badass-female-action-heroes-house-flying-daggers/