House of the Flying Daggers

January 06, 05 by kenrich

I would recommend seeing “House of the Flying Daggers”, although it is not quite as good as “Hero”. The story centers around a small regional army patrol chasing after a renegate group called “House of the Flying Daggers”. The group is wanted by the government because they have been stealing from the rich and giving the money to the poor (a la “Robin Hood”). The story takes place during the decline of the Tang Dynasty in China circa 859 BC.

The story is very well written but you don’t have the sense that you are watching a grand epic (like in “Hero”). One of the reasons for this is that there is no huge battle scene in the movie. The biggest battle is about 30 people against 2. Despite this, there is some great cinematography and the sets and costumes are great.

Zhang Ziyi is excellent as a member of the “House of Flying Daggers” who infiltrates a dance troupe. The fight sequences evoke memories of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and focus almost exclusively on sword play. This is a very good movie which doesn’t give you too much gratuitous violence and sex. I give this movie 8 out of 10 stars.

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