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By trevelyan, July 16, in Chinese Movies. I just saw the film and loved it. Since I watched it in Chinese though, while I understood most of it, there was definitely an expository exchange in the House of Flying Daggers that I missed explaining the true relationship between Zhang Ziyi and Andy Lau. I'm assuming we should assume that she knew her rescue mission was a set-up all along? Does this imply she dropped the knives intentionally? All in all, this film made me confused and curious and excited -- more than enough to forgive Zhang for Hero. I was touched by the way the film used the birch-tree glades to show the lovers making conscious decisions to sacrifice themselves for love. It made the ending of the film much more introspective than any Wuxia film I've seen before -- and made the highly symbolic conclusion touching in a way that made the melodrama more human.
The movie is full of sumptuous looking action sequences, with some blood, and an unforgettable, gorgeous dance sequence. Love and honor defeat treachery and jealousy, but not without tragic consequences. The movie opens with a reference to corruption in the Tang Dynasty, which is on its last legs. Rebellion has broken out, led by a secret society calling itself the House of Flying Daggers.
In the original star-crossed romantic drama Romeo and Juliet , William Shakespeare wrote, "Here's much to do with hate, but more with love. In Mike Nichols' Closer , a love quadrangle verbally parries in paired-off duels until there's a metaphorical "last man standing. Home Reviews Interviews Features More.