House Of Flying Daggers

15th January 2005 · Last updated: 5th October 2016


House Of Flying DaggersI didn't know anything about this film, but after seeing it last night, I thought it was truly excellent. Stunning scenery, amazing sword-fight scenes, consistently high quality action.

Over Christmas I watched Kill Bill 1 and 2 on DVD. I felt Part 1 was technically spot on, but something was missing. It just felt like an American director trying his hand at an oriental style (kung fu etc), which of course was true. Very well done, but just short of authentic. Though I know genuine kung fu and action experts were involved, parts even being filmed in Japan and China.

But from the moment Flying Daggers starts, you know this is the real stuff. Thoroughly authentic - it even has subtitles as no-one speaks any English! Every fight scene just felt natural to me.

Hey, if this is the standard of Chinese movies, I'm going to be watching a lot more.

Favourite part: the stunning bamboo trees scene (where the attackers come from above!). Amazing editing and camera angles.

Least favourite part: the end section. It was still excellent, but I found what happened a bit unrealistic. But it's only a film.

Only, what a film!

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  1. Henry Chan:
    It's so interesting to find and read your artile about this movie, because i'm a chinese who like Kill Bill much more than Flying Daggers:)

    Maybe i watched too many chinese movies and u watched too many Hollywood's :P If you like Zhang Yimou(Flying Daggers's director)'s movies, i advise u to watch "Hero", it is similar with this one.

    have fun

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    Posted on 16 January 2005 at 6:28 am