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Monday, August 24, 2009

[11/10] House of Flying Daggers/Shi Mian Mai Fu (2004)

House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Short review: "HoFD" is a wonderfully constructed tale of love and betrayal. Beautifully shot against the backdrop of the Tang Dynasty, "HOFD" reaches dizzying heights of technical brilliance. From the opulently clothed, sharp, and delicately colored palace interiors of the opening, to the misty forests and plains which see most of the action, Zhang has created a series of Chinese paintings, each a masterpiece of color and composition with the balletically weightless protagonists soaring through. Without a doubt one of the most visually-spectacular movies ever made!

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