Thursday, April 9, 2009

House of Flying Daggers

Zhang Yimou, 2004, China (8.1*)
Following his tremendous success with Hero, top-grossing film in Chinese history, Zhang Yimou continued with martial arts adventures with this story of a group of women who oppose the Tang Dynasty's male leaders continually involving the kingdom in wars. Believing if they overthrow the men and allow the women to take over, they can stop the wars and bring peace to the kingdom.

Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, The Road Home) is a member of the subversive revolutionary group known as House of Flying Daggers for their penchant of committing assassinations with daggers, made so that they can be thrown in curves, like a boomerang - so hiding behind a tree is useless. This is more exciting filmmaking from Yimou, who seems to have hit his stride in this genre: the historical, costume, epic action adventure, and the more intrigue the better. Along with Zhang, this stars Takeshi Kaneshiro and Andy Lau. Time Magazine and others called this the "best picture of the year".

2 comments:

Ninja Sword April 15, 2009 at 12:36 PM  

When is this movie, House Of flying Daggers, and is it available in English dubbing or with English subtitles. And is it possible to throw a dagger like boomerang in reality?

Jose Sinclair April 15, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

Hi... it's a Sony DVD, in original Mandarin, w subtitles in 3 languages, or English dubbing..

I think you can throw something in a curve if its properly shaped - not only is a boomerang a good example, this was developed in separate areas of the world independent of each other, not copied that is - so I would think you can create daggers like this also.

In Mad Max 2 (aka Road Warrior), the Feral Kid character had a steel boomerang with a sharp edge that he'd catch with a metal glove - awesome weapon! and a great character, he just grunted and squealed and lived like a desert hare..

Check out this action film, you'll enjoy it a lot.. Female assassin revolutionaries! where else but China?

..the Jman..

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