we sat and watched the netflix 'house of flying daggers (shi mian mai fu)' last night. man, i love netflix! the only thing i don't like about it is when i don't yet have a new film to watch and have nothing to do on a particular night. unfortunately, it's cutting into my reading time. right now, i'm not particularly enthralled with either of my books. i'm almost done with 'the life of pi' by yann martel, but couldn't hack being so bored, so picked up 'confessions of an ugly stepsister' by gregory maguire which isn't exactly piquing my interest either.
but i digress.
'daggers' was not so much stunning for it's story or acting, but for the bold visuals. t and i were both reminded of 1950's technicolor cinemascope movies-- bold color juxtapositions and flat lighting. the above scene of the echo game had us both with our jaws on the floor. there is alot of wire-work in this movie, but if you are bothered by that, this scene does it artfully, almost like a ballet.
the love story is okay, with some good twists and turns, but overall i would recommend this film for anyone who loves gorgeous color, great cinematography, tactile costumes, and eye-popping choreography. makes me want to watch 'crouching tiger, hidden dragon' again!