Genre: Action/Romance/Martial Arts
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang
RunTime: 2 hrs
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Rating: PG (Edited Version)
Date: 29 July 2004
(Courtesy from Columbia TriStar):
its height, the Tang Dynasty was one of the most enlightened
empires in Chinese history. But in 859AD, the Dynasty is in
decline. The Emperor is incompetent and the government is
corrupt. Unrest is spreading throughout the land and many
rebel armies are forming in protest. The largest, and most
prestigious, is an underground alliance called the 'House
of Flying Daggers'.
House of Flying Daggers operates mysteriously, stealing from
the rich to give to the poor. Thus, they earned the support
and admiration of the people and expanded quickly. Based in
Feng Tian County, close to the Imperial Capital, the House
of Flying Daggers has long been a thorn in the side of their
hated rivals, the local deputies.
the fury of the deputies, even after they fought and killed
the leader of the House of Flying Daggers, the House continues
to thrive. Under the leadership of a mysterious New Leader,
the House of Flying Daggers grows ever more powerful. Feng
Tian County's two local captains, Leo (ANDY LAU) and Jin (TAKESHI
KANESHIRO) are ordered to capture the new leader within ten
Leo suspects that Mei (ZHANG ZIYI), the beautiful new dancer
at the local Peony Pavilion is actually the daughter of the
old leader, and hatches a plan to arrest her and bring her
in for questioning. When Mei refuses to divulge any information
on the House of Flying Daggers, the two captains set up another
plan. This time, Captain Jin will pretend to be a lone warrior
called Wind and rescue Mei from prison, earning her trust
and escorting her to the secret headquarters of the House
of Flying Daggers.
plan works, and on their long journey to the House, Jin and
Mei warm to each other. Before long, Mei has developed feelings
for her enigmatic protector, Wind. For his part, Jin is surprised
to find himself falling for Mei's headstrong charm. Both struggle
to contain their feelings, but under the starry night, their
irrepressible desire is almost beyond their control. Danger
lurks in the forest surrounding them, and the wind is still,
as if sensing the tension in the air.
lies ahead for Jin and Mei, these star-crossed lovers? If
this is true love, then why are there plots in their heads…and
secrets in their hearts?
era of an deteriorating Dynasty, a mysterious rebel army,
two highly-skilled imperial constables, one beautiful but
blind courtesan. Every things perfect, but this stylishly-titled
movie by Chinese Film-Master Zhang Yimou sure fell far below
the expectation of the "wu-xia" (Martial Arts) movie
fans, all thanks to an off-topic script.
movie open with imperial constables, Captain Leo (Andy Lau)
and Captain Jin (Takeshi Keneshiro) investigating on a blind
courtesan, Mei (ZHANG ZIYI). After a lenghty dancing scene,
both constable concluded that Mei is actually the daughter
of the deceased leader of the rebel army, House of Flying
Daggers. In an attempt to wipe-out the stronghold of this
rebel army, Captain Jin disguised as lone warrior, Wind and
rescue Mei from the prison cell in order to earn her trust.
Whereas Captain Leo following their trail closely so as to
relieve them from possible danger.
their lenghty escape to the secret headquarters of the House
of Flying Daggers, the story headed into an romantic extravanganza
between Captain Jin and Mei. The script-writer seem to had
deviated from the movie's stylish title, penning every action
scene to finish off with an unnecessary passionate moments
between Captain Jin and Mei. To add on to the many "turn-off",
comes an "Infernal Affair" plotline, and an anti-climatic
showdown between the imperial army and House of Flying Daggers.
Hong Kong Martial Arts Director, Ching Siu-Tong saved the
day. His geniuses had presented fabulously-dangerous and heart-pounding
martial art sequences, on top of the overly-mentioned Bamboo
forest fighting scene. In addition, Zhang YiMou's mastery
in colours makes the viewing experiences pleasurable in spite
of the shortcoming in it's script.
fine masterpiece of Art? Maybe, but be prepared to be disappointed
by Leosen Teo