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House of Flying Daggers (Bilingual) [Import]

Ziyi Zhang , Takeshi Kaneshiro , Yimou Zhang    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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No one uses color like Chinese director Zhang Yimou--movies like Raise the Red Lantern or Hero, though different in tone and subject matter, are drenched in rich, luscious shades of red, blue, yellow, and green. House of Flying Daggers is no exception; if they weren't choreographed with such vigorous imagination, the spectacular action sequences would seem little more than an excuse for vivid hues rippling across the screen. Government officers Leo and Jin (Asian superstars Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) set out to destroy an underground rebellion called the House of Flying Daggers (named for their weapon of choice, a curved blade that swoops through the air like a boomerang). Their only chance to find the rebels is a blind women named Mei (Ziyi Zhang, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) who has some lethal kung fu moves of her own. In the guise of an aspiring rebel, Jin escorts Mei through gorgeous forests and fields that become bloody battlegrounds as soldiers try to kill them both. While arrows and spears of bamboo fly through the air, Mei, Jin, and Leo turn against each other in surprising ways, driven by passion and honor. Zhang's previous action/art film, Hero, sometimes sacrificed momentum for sheer visual beauty; House of Flying Daggers finds a more muscular balance of aesthetic splendor and dazzling swordplay. --Bret Fetzer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I think Yimou Zhang has made the two most visually beautiful films I have seen in the recent years, with "Ying xiong" ("Hero") and "Shi mian mai fu" ("House of Flying Daggers" but literally translated as "Ambush From Ten Sides"). The common denominator is not the martial arts action couple with the Hong Kong wire work but Zhang's use of rich colors. I know that Akira Kurosawa pained a field of grass gold for a scene that ended up being deleted in "Ran," and for all I know Zhang painted all those bamboo trees green in this 2004 film. But Zhang has been paying attention to color for as long as I have been watching his films, which goes all the way back to 1991's "Da hong deng long gao gao gua" ("Raise the Red Lantern"). The man is an expert at creating scenes of spectacular visual beauty on a motion picture screen and this time he is really into blue and green big time.

This is a movie where you do not really care about the plot beyond its ability to move us from one beautiful set piece to the next. Mei (Zhang Ziyi) is the blind daughter of the former leader of the Flying Daggers, a secret group that is combating the corrupt Tang Dynasty of the 9th century in China. The name comes from the fact that they throw daggers, and there are some daggers that are followed by the camera in this film the same way George Lucas followed the X-fighters in the trench during the attack on the Death Star. Mei is a dancer at the Peony Palace, and Captain Leo (Andy Lau), a local cop, sends his young colleague Captain Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) to investigate the mysterious blind dancer who is suspected of having ties to the Flying Daggers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable film Aug. 26 2009
Format:DVD
A thoroughly enjoyable film, and definitely a high class piece of work. Along the lines of Crouching Tiger, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Banquet (Legend of the Black Scorpion), Warriors Of Heaven And Earth, The Promise, Hero etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fly like a butterfly March 30 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Here's one word that sums up this film: Beauty. The plot of "House of Flying Daggers" (original title: "Shi mian mai fu") is lacking, but in a way it's made up for with the intoxicating sets, costumes, and exquisite love story. Zhang Yimou backs away from the grandeur of "Hero" in favor of a more intimate story.

It's 859 A.D., near the end of the corrupt Tang Dynasty. A guerilla rebellion called House of the Flying Daggers (who are able to throw knives at great distances) has sprung up against the government. Despite the loss of their leader, the rebels are thriving. Deputy Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) decides to go undercover to infiltrate the House, and he tries to get the trust of blind courtesan Mei (Zhang Ziyi), daughter of the House's dead leader.

But soon he begins to fall in love with Mei, which jeopardizes his loyalties while Mei herself is experiencing confusion. But government officials want Mei dead because of her sympathies -- and even worse, they don't realize that Jin is undercover. To make things worse, Jin is not the only rival for Mei's love -- his best friend is as well.

Director Zhang Yimou apparently said that "Hero" was the warm-up to "House of Flying Daggers." It does seem more polished and fully realized, without the "Rashomon" storytelling. Instead of a war movie, it's a mixture of fairy-tale romance and beauty, and spies and guerilla warfare. The final half-hour is the stumbling block, where some plot threads come unravelled. Things get pretty confusing, and.

Zhang doesn't drop the ball as far as stylism goes -- color and exquisite details are in every frame. They have an almost intoxicating effect, and so do the action sequences.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry in motion... Jan. 9 2007
By M. B. Alcat TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"House of Flying Daggers" brings you a wonderful tale you can delight in, and the opportunity to watch a movie where the use of color is so impressive that it is almost surreal, poetry in motion. Notwithstanding that, I think that you probably won't like this film unless you are prepared to suspend your disbelief at least for 119 minutes, the duration of this movie. Personally, I did exactly that, and I don't regret it at all :)

The story is set in 859 AD, when a corrupt dynasty held power in China. There is an organization called "House of Flying Daggers" that is trying to change things, but the government won't allow that. Two officers, Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Leo (Andy Lau) are ordered to stop the rebels, and so they devise a plan to infiltrate the "House of Flying Daggers". They capture Mei (Zhang Ziyi), the blind daughter of the previous leader of the revolt, who had been posing as a courtesan. Jin rescues Mei from the jail, and tries to convince her that he would like to join the rebels, when in truth his objective is to destroy the "House of Flying Daggers". But even if everything started as a plan, will Jin be able to remember Leo's advice, "Don't fall in love for real"?.

I want to point out that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The story was great, with enough twists to keep you entertained, and plenty of outstanding fighting scenes. Chinese director Zhang Yimou made such a great use of the elements at his disposition (great actors + inspiration + music + choreography + use of colors) that many sequences seem directly out of a dream, and the spectator feels as if he were bearing witness to a real story that happened a long time ago. In a word, the results are impressive... Watch "House of Flying Daggers", and decide whether you share my opinion :)

Belen Alcat
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4.0 out of 5 stars great!
The package came in good condition. The company delivered it on time and in great condition. THanks very much for everything. I will for sure buy from you again!
Published on Nov. 16 2011 by Shakeel Chaudhry
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film, but not for die hard animal lovers
We really enjoyed this film, except for two scenes that didn't sit well with us as animal lovers and PETA supporters. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant film
I loved this film. Brilliant cinematography. It's stunning, Explosive and Spectacular. A brilliant martial art film and the visual effects are really good. Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2010 by Ben Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars The House of Flying Daggers (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
Great movie, visuals were amazing! Typical Japanese movie plot with lots of twists. Also recommend "Hero" very similar type movie, tons of twists, but the scenery...just wow.
Published on Oct. 30 2009 by Barbara Lundrigan
1.0 out of 5 stars Good movie; bad price
This Blu-ray movie can be bought at amazon.com for 14.99 so why is it 32.00 at amazon.ca?????

Wake up amazon.ca and lower your prices! Even 19.99 would be reasonable!!!
Published on Dec 13 2007 by Carey D. Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Flies like a butterfly
Here's one word that sums up this film: Beauty. The plot of "House of Flying Daggers" (original title: "Shi mian mai fu") is lacking, but in a way it's made up for with the... Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Love Story Amidst Clandestine War
Better than "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" this story gradually reveals an unexpected love triangle which contains amazing martial arts choreography woven into a stunning visual... Read more
Published on July 16 2006 by Erika Borsos
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We got the DVD, and have seen the movie more than 8 times since we bought it. It's an excellent movie. Read more
Published on April 17 2006 by choruslinea1qms
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music and good movie
I enjoyed the music in the movie more than the movie itself. The theme music is truely outstanding. I bought the sound truck CD instead of the DVD movie! Read more
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