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Summary: The year is 859 AD, and China's once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging throughout the land, and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies that are forming in protest. The largest and most prestigious of these rebel groups is the House of Flying Daggers, which is growing ever more powerful under a mysterious new leader. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Beautiful cinematography and fantastic stories like that of House of Flying Daggers have become a mainstay in Hong Kong Action/Dramas. What sets HoFD apart is its outstanding use of color in both costume design and set design. It's a sight worth seeing. Really good!
While the sets and colors are astounding, the plot is a real mess. The fights are entertaining, but are few and far between, the bulk of the movie being spent on a dull romance triangle between three emotionless and boring characters. Also, literally every single person in the entire movie is living a double or even triple life, but I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them.
The use of color is pretty good, but that's the only compliment I've got. I don't like the combat; though I realize its aim is theatrical, it's just too preposterous to take seriously. The movie is neither technically notable (even if it would like to think so itself) or good storytelling. There's a period of about five minutes where a hundred new plot twists are thrown at you, and you're supposed to be shocked at the completely different direction the story is taking. Nah, it's just dumb.