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Film Review-House of Flying Daggers

House of Flying Daggers, A film review by Pennie Dobkin November 5, 200

“House of Flying Daggers,” is a film distributed by Sony and Elite Enterprises. This is a love story wrapped up inside an action film. The story takes place in 859A.D. during the Tang Dynasty. Although once considered enlightened, it is now in decline and considered corrupt. A rebel group called, “The House of Flying Daggers.” Is a secret organization that has the support of the people. Posing a constant threat the deputies felt they had overcome HFD group by killing it’s leader. But somehow a new, stronger leader has emerged and the group is even more powerful. A deputy, Captain Leo, sends Captain Jin to the Peony Pavillion, a brothel, to find a member of HFD that is working there as a dancer. Mei (Ziyi Zhang) is utterly one the most beautiful actresses ever to appear on the screen. She dances for him and finishes with a dance called, “The Echo Game.” It is in this dance that she reveals her martial skills. A battle ensues, Leo triumphs and arrests Mei. From that point a convoluted love story evolves, filmed with great beauty andsensitivity. It is very much in the same genre as “Kill Bill,” and
“Laura Croft”.

It is directed by Zhang Yimou who was the co-writer and producer also. He was born in China in 1950udied film making at the Bejing Academy. He took on a major role in China’s Fifth Generation Filmmakers, the first group to graduate following the turbulent cultural revolution. Although he has been recognized with awards throughout the world, he is most known throughout the United States for his past recognition, his Academy Award Nominations in Best Foreign Language Film for “Raise the Red Lantern,” in 1990 and “Hero,” in 2002.

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Hi,

It appears that you enjoy Asian movies as I do so I wanted to post a film that I saw that was an Academy awards winning film in 2000. The movie is "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" An Ang Lee Film, a Sony Picture classic and Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia Presented in Association with Good Machine International.This picture is also about master Asian Warriors. Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocrat (AHANG ZIYI)prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents, and her deeply romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice they come face to face with their worst enemy - and the inescapable,enduring power of love.
This movie was set against the 19th century Chin's breathtaking landscape,CROUCHING TIGER,HIDDEN DRAGON ,is the action -packed box office smash from acclaimed director Ang Lee, featuring stunning martial arts choreography by Yuen Wo Ping who choreographed THE MATRIX.
I haven't seen HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS but I think that it has some the same action as this movie. I would enjoy seeing your movie to compare the Choreography in each one. I would think that there would be more of the A LIKES than that of a difference between the two movies.
I would also say that if one is interested in horticulture one would really enjoy that seen in CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON.