Zhang Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers

I just got back from watching Zhang Yimou’s latest martial arts film, The House of Flying Daggers. It is a visual tour de force, with countless scenes of heart wrenching beauty. It is a worthy successor to his earlier Hero, another visually striking wu shu film. Go see it, marvel at the beauty and lyrical action of this gorgeous film.

I deeply enjoyed The House of Flying Daggers, more so than Hero. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the first movie, but I thought it was a little too aloof from the characters. I enjoyed the multiple story angles as the Nameless hero recounts his adventures, but the love story struck me as stilted and forced. Not so with The House of Flying Daggers. The love triangle was inextricably linked to the plot. And while Hero was the equal of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in action and visuals but lacking in romance, The House of Flying Daggers is perhaps superior to Ang Lee’s benchmark film.

I will be adding both of Zhang Yimou’s wu shu films to my small collection of DVD’s. They are both excellent films and deserve a place on my shelf next to Crouching Tiger