Reviewer: Town Drunk
of Flying Daggers
House of Flying Daggers (or HoFD from now on) is a cinematographically
beautiful trawl of a love story set in a random onomatopoeic
Chinese dynasty some time around the demise of the Samurai.
Our hero(s) are members of the local police who are trying
to track down, and eliminate, the infamous anti-government
dissidents “House of Flying Daggers”.
Their search takes them and us into a story
that involves many ludicrous events, with dialogue as bad
as an early episode Albion Market (even if it is in Chinese
it has no excuse) and more action shots than an Eastern European
porno. From overly gaudy whore houses to the brilliantly coloured
fields and forests the camera slowly drinks it all in…
and I mean slowly, the films pace is laborious and combined
with the lazy string and pipe score, you could almost be lulled
to sleep. Almost that is except for the fighting which is
the fast, hard, excessively over-exaggerated fare that you
would expect from a film of this genre, with spinning bird
kicks and dragon punches galore.
The questions that should be asked by people
reading this review are;
Is it worth sitting through the long silences
and crappy dialogue for the action? Yes – the action is great.
Is HoFD as good as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon?
Is it as good as Hero? Dunno I don’t like
Jet Lee so never saw it.
Is it worth spending money to see at the cinema?
Yes, I couldn’t imagine how awful the silences would be if
you didn’t even have the wonderful scenery to look at.. and
the dialogue is funnier than you are probably thinking by now so
it is worth sharing it with a friend.
Can you give me an example of this so called
funny dialogue? Yes. “I like fighting blind girls”.
Mark Out of
SEE IT AT
CINEMA? better that than at home alone, you need someone
to fight on the way out
GET IT ON DVD? if you
have a 50” wide screen tv? Yes. If not? maybe
WATCH IT ON TV? See above