Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A-Z #95: House of Flying Daggers

You can pick up hundreds of DVDs for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. It's never about quantity, it's about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and understanding why I own the films ... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#95 - House of Flying Daggers

Why did I buy it?

I think I watched it at the cinema in Aberystwyth - and that would have to be the Arts Centre. The Commodore only played the Hollywood hits. But, in the hope to have a bit of scope in my collection, some international cinema is never a bad thing.

Why do I still own it?

Asian cinema is so big. On the one hand, you have Spirited Away and the Studio Ghibli and on the other hand you have John Woo, Yimou Zhang and Ang Lee. I would neever claim I truly 'understand' the global-cinematic trends, but when I watch some films, I know what I like. House of Flying Daggers is simply a stunning work of art - filled with culture, beauty and perfectly-shot sequences. I could not recommend it higher. You could freeze a frame from any point in the film and turn it into a painting. I could not recommend the film higher - the only question is whether Blu-Ray is the future for a film with such detail and beauty.
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