House of Flying Daggers (2004)

“If you kill him, I’ll kill you with this dagger.” – Mei

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – In feudal China, a policeman helps a young woman escape from prison in order to return to the group of rebels that are trying to take over the current government.

My Take on it – As a big fan of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), I have been looking forward to seeing this film for years since I heard that it utilizes many of the same cinematographic techniques.

The film is presented in a great way especially since it is able to mix together so many genres together in order to give us a visual feast to take in.

This story is peppered with lots of twists and turns along the way that add so much to the story since we never know what to expect is coming next.

The choreographic style of the film is exquisite to look at since it makes all of the combat scenes seem more like they are dancing and gliding fluidly instead of showing harsh combat scenes.

The cinematography is also great because t is able to capture the lush landscape of the time and place depicted along with the ability to show us the viewpoint of the slings and arrows as they hone in on their targets.

I’m so glad that I finally got around to watching such a visual feast of a film.

Bottom Line – Great film that is able to mix various genres together on order to give us such a treat to watch it all unfold. The story is filled with lots of twists and turns that help keep things so intriguing because you truly never know what to expect next. The choreography of the fight scenes is done in a superb way because like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), it all seems more like fluid dance moves as opposed to brutal combat ones.  The cinematography is also superb because it allows us to see the lush landscapes of area where this story takes place yet also allows us to see the viewpoint of many of the slings and arrows as they are barrelling towards their target. So glad I finally got to experience this film. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The climactic fight scene was filmed in the Ukraine. It snowed so early (October) that it caught the filmmakers by surprise, as they had already started filming. They decided to change the script and the movie so that it would appear almost as if this epic battle began during the fall and ended during winter. Yimou Zhang was very happy with how it turned out because it set the perfect tone and obviously highlighted the blood spilled on the snow. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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