The intrigue and tragedy are both compelling, but it could stand to move a bit faster.
You rated this 3 stars on 3/5/2011
almost 7 years
good filming and surprising movie, im just not a fan of the style
Beautiful and breathtaking. A touching love story, destined to become a masterpiece.
over 7 years
A film that pays attention to finite arrow stock & mutual sword damage in a fight. Respect
House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. It differs from other wuxia films in that it is more of a love story than a straight martial arts film.
The use of strong colours is again a signature of Zhang Yimou's work. Several scenes in a bamboo forest completely fill the screen with green. Near the end of the film, a fight scene is set in a blizzard. The actors and blood are greatly highlighted on a whiteout background. Another scene uses bright yellow as a colour theme. The costumes, props, and decorations were taken almost entirely from Chinese paintings of the period, adding authenticity to the look of the film.
The film opened in limited release within the United States on December 3, 2004, in New York City and Los Angeles, and opened on additional screens throughout the country two weeks later.
The film is set in 859 AD. The once great Tang Dynasty is now in decline. Numerous rebel groups have formed, the largest of which is the House of Flying Daggers,...