House of Flying Daggers : Movie Review

House of Flying Daggers (2004) - Movie PosterA poet of the small gesture, Zhang Yimou moves on from his slice-of-life dramas Not One Less and Happy Times to the more broad, operatic strokes of Hero and The House of Flying Daggers. The resulting House is an astonishing work of cinematic beauty; filled with strong primary colors and evocative storybook forests of green bamboo or autumn leaves. The sound design is remarkable, staging a series of ritualistic combat scenes between policemen and assassins that are stunning in their brevity focusing the attention on the swish of cloth, the murmur of breath, or the rush of a cool breeze.

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Author : Jeremiah Kipp