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House of Flying Daggers(十面埋伏)

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China, Hong Kong · 2004
Rated PG-13 · 1h 59m
Director Zhang Yimou
Starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Song Dandan
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

In this astonishingly beautiful film, a blind dancer finds herself torn between love and her duty to the House of Flying Daggers—a revolutionary gang—as she fights acrobatic warriors in dazzlingly choreographed treetop battles. This film manages to be both one of the best love stories and action movies of the 2000’s.

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Variety by Derek Elley

The tangled tale of love and disguise is awesome in its action sequences but doesn't touch the heart to the same degree.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

All told, while the goods that Daggers offers are choice, the movie ultimately demonstrates that too much can be, well, more than enough.


The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Choreographed to the last beat, the action scenes have a depth that the film's thinly sketched characters never quite develop.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

If only this epic had enough substantial melodramatic hooks to hang this woman's beauty on; emotional traction is most often buried under acres of carefully coordinated vistas and CGI-hued flora.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

An outrageously gorgeous spectacle of balletic aggression. At the same time, it offers something we rarely encounter in a whirling martial-arts extravaganza: a romantic passion that's woven into the very fabric of the action.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Forget "Hero" -- that cult hit was just Zhang Yimou's warm-up for this martial-arts fireball that throws in a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises.


Film Threat by Phil Hall

Quite simply, House of Flying Daggers is a film that sets several new standards for production and entertainment values. It is a wild riot of color, music, passion, action, mystery, pure old-fashioned thrills and even dancing.

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