House of Flying Daggers

House of Flying Daggers at Lewannick Community Cinema

Swords buckle and emotions tangle in this second wuxia (swordplay and chivalry) outing from Chinese director Zhang Yimou. A blind revolutionary, Mei, is tricked by two policemen (Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) into leading them to the headquarters of a band of secret assassins. An epic love triangle ensues as duty and passion become locked in mortal combat.

The trio's trek across the ravaged beauty of Tang Dynasty China (actually shot in the Ukraine, bizarrely) sets the scene for some truly incredible action scenes as CGI daggers cut through the air at improbable speeds, cavalry charge through fields of flowers and a bamboo forest erupts into a gloriously intricate vertical battle.

Zhang Yimou uses the landscape as a mirror of his character's predicaments: Green bamboo forests, white snowdrifts, golden leaves and silver birches suggest different emotions such as truth and deception. A dense forest captures the characters' confusion; a snow storm suggests ruthless, icy intentions.

Martial arts have rarely been filmed with so much artistry. In High Definition.

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Admission Adult £4.50. Under 16 £3.00.

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