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......" if I die under a skirt, I can still flirt as a ghost "......
on 4 April 2010
House of flying daggers is a Chinese film about a member of an anti establishment group. She is caught by the local police force and then used at bait to help track the whereabouts of the group's chief headquarters. Complications arise during the journey which results in a deadly love triangle.........
This film is almost poetry in motion and has the effects of a Beijing Opera show mixed with Chinese herbal medicine. Visually refreshing, and very calming, the premise is simple to follow. This is because it's an old fashioned love story; the complicated part is the mind frame of the lead cast. However the film is ultimately about colour; the main colour is green and large selections of other pastel colours are also utilised.
The main driving force of the film are the many twists and turns and fighting sequences. The real winner is the well choreographed action, with the bamboo (featured heavily) fighting scene being absolutely breathtaking and the highlight of the film. Having said that it is still somewhat of a sparse film, but meant to be this way. Even though not on the same level, it's beauty can be compared to that of Hero.
The acting is impressive and further proves the rise of quality oriental cinema. We have become accustomed to the face of Ziyi Zhang (Rush Hour II, Hero) but the real standout is the performance of Takeshi Kaneshiro as Jin. His intensity and deliverance of dialogue is fitting to the role and carries most parts of the movie.
The ending is ambiguous and raises more questions than answers and this may perplex some viewers. However, we must bear in mind that it is meant to be artistic, with its fair share of abstract messages. Not as good as Hero but in the same league as Curse of the Golden Flower, House of Flying Daggers is a solid addition to a trilogy made by an ever creative director.