Film Reviews, Short Review

十面埋伏 [House of Flying Daggers] (2004)

2.5/4

Zhang Yimou’s painterly aesthetic ensures his movies are never less than majestic to look at, whatever genre he’s working in, but as a Wuxia film House of Flying Daggers pales in comparison to his preceding work, Hero. Though House of Flying Daggers has two incredibly beautiful action sequences that more than make it worth watching, it should be noted that Hero keeps that same level up for almost the entire running-time. There are some solid performances here, particularly from Zhang Ziyi, as well as an attempt at a plot more integrated into the action, but it relies a little too much on sudden plot-twists rather than character, leading to unconvincing melodrama instead. A decent, if highly-flawed film.

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