Friday, February 05, 2010
House Of Flying Daggers (2004)
On the down side, the love scenes are very heavy handed-intense, but strangely lacking in passion. Also the ending is depressing as hell. Not sad or melancholy yet ultimately cathartic, like Hero or Crouching Tiger--just depressing. Much like a Shakespearian tragedy. Adding to this is the fact that the romantic rivalry that leads to this depressing isn't introduced until very late in the movie, leaving the final duel without a solid foundation and leaving me with a feeling of detachment instead of the empathy I suspect was intended.
But overall it's a worthwhile movie to kill a couple of hours with, and serves as a reasonable introduction to the wuxia genre. It has an added advantage of being a movie you can watch as a couple, even if your other half doesn't share your love of movies featuring wiry asian guys kicking the snot out of each other while yelling "Aaaaeeeeiiii!" a lot...