The film is a little strange at the start and a little off putting when you see all the 'kid' warriors, however it picks up pace and i found it to be rather entertaining.
I read the reviews after watching the film, as i find the other way round spoils it. I found the 1 star reviews harsh and a little bit ill concieved. Why are you comparing this to crouching tiger, just because of the female lead??? It is an entirely different film, and is based on a mangaesque comic, which admittedly has been adapted quite a bit. I found there is no great need for charcter development in these sort of films, just feels a little uneccessary when the main theme is slaughter.
You moan about the lead role being weak considering her training but in flying daggers they are running through the trees for goodness sake, realism on one level but not on another =S
To be honest i wrote this review because i read the bad reviews and thought they were rather unfair and written by morons who obviousley completely miss the point of the film, which is to enjoy it, rather than picking up on blood stains absent from a sword after a reverse facial slash.
Just watch it, see what you think. not everyones cup of tea, but for crying out loud why compare every asian sword fighting film to house of flying daggers, have you that limited vision ??????????????