Tuesday, August 21, 2012

House Of Flying Daggers (2004)

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

A carefree policeman breaks a beautiful kung fu rebel out of jail. Not much not to like here. It's all good.

Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) plays a blind kung fu expert, Takeshi Kaneshiro as the carefree cop, and Andy Lau (Shaolin) as the intense cop. These 3 super-strong leads mesh well together, each one fascinating and watchable in their own right.

The cinematography is downright stunning, along with the action. Highly stylized, intense beauty of movement, much in the Crouching Tiger way-- if you liked that, you'll love this. Good plot, lots of espionage. And of course flying kung-fu-ers.

Many memorable scenes and images.  If you haven't recently had a fight to the death in a bamboo forest, there's an excellent one here to guide you.   If there was one criticism I could make, it's that they were very liberal with the flying knife physics, but I got over that, gave in to the style, and was enchanted.

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