House of Flying Daggers
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Chinese director Zhang Yimou fuses a martial arts action-drama with a tragic romance in this elegant period piece. In the year 859 A.D., as the Tang dynasty is beset by rebellion, Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) are a pair of lawmen who have been given the task of ferreting out the leaders of a revolutionary faction known as the Flying Daggers. Working on a tip that members of the group are working out of a brothel called the Peony Pavilion, Jin arrives there in disguise and is introduced to a beautiful blind dancer named Mei (Zhang Ziyi). After watching Mei's performance… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A dazzler -- and almost as exciting as its title promises."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"As stunning as it is, it also serves notice that House of Flying Daggers will have none of the complexities of Hero."
‑ , Detroit Free Press
"Though occasionally overwrought, peerless sequences, such as the sublime flight through a bamboo forest, ensure House Of Flying Daggers is a work of real beauty."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"A gorgeous film in all respects, both accessible and artistically satisfying. Excellent."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Though it is by no means explicitly political, the film expresses a tragic exasperation with the tendency of politics to subsume the rights and lives of individuals."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"One of the most visually astonishing martial-arts fantasies ever made."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Zhang proves that Hero was no accident with House of Flying Daggers, another Chinese period piece resplendent with a dazzling palette and soaring, ambitious fight sequences."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Gorgeous, but also very violent."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Moments of astonishing greatness followed by yawn-inducing romance."
‑ Oz,
"Wonderfully conveys how the act of loving another can be a game, a sacrifice, a ruse, a weapon, a betrayal, and, most of all, a political act."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"About as viscerally and visually exciting as film can get, and yet it is also fully, ripely romantic in a way that few modern films would dare."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"An intoxicating cocktail of splendid visuals, spectacular action, state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery and some old-fashioned swashbuckling worthy of Hollywood's Golden Age."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The studied, artistic affectations may prevent this Mandarin-language art house effort from being as kinetically potent as the films it emulates, but it more than compensates by offering up deeply felt emotions played out on a grand scale more than adequa"
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"See it in a theater on the biggest screen you can find"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"[Zhang] adopts a stylized but more naturalistic look for the visually sumptuous wuxia spectacle House of Flying Daggers."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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