Yeah dubbing absolutely kills these movies - hero, crouching tiger hidden dragon and this one. It takes a great movie - 4/5 or 5/5 and rips 2 stars from it. This is a 4/5 but with horrible dubbing its a 2/5 and that's bad. The actors voice, even in a foreign language is part of the whole package and subtitles are infinitely preferable. So much is lost! 2/5 really
This movie is dubbed in english, so it looked absolutely ridiculous. What a waste of time this was. I've never seen the film, so I can't judge it, but I can judge the fact that dubbed films look so bad, much prefer subtitles!
I love a chinese martial arts movie- very beautiful scenery,hero and heroine and actually a good story but the fighting is over the top and fabulous!!
Enjoyed this very much, altho the voice overs were a bit annoying. Scenery was spectatular, fight scenes very well choreographed. Would have rather it be in chinese with english subtitles tho.
Had no idea what it would be like, but did enjoy it.
Excellent use of colour to tell the story. I enjoyed all the action scenes, both fighting and dancing.
A solid movie, cinematography is amazing. it just lacks a decent story.
Superb cinematography, with all the director's characteristic eye for colour and landscape. It is slow-paced in places, so definitely not one for those with short attention-spans, but I never found myself bored or checking my watch. Fine acting too, in the style one would expect from the film's cultural background.
But. The DVD shipped by Quickflix is terrible! By default it plays with jarring English dubbing, apparently produced with someone with no ear for fitting the tone of the voice acting to the action or the period in which the film is set. OK, so I went into the menu, and selected Chinese-language with subtitles, because my Mandarin isn't always good enough to follow the dialogue. The only subtitles on the disk are obviously intended for people who are hearing-impaired. The DVD subtitles the *music*, as in "Ominous Oriental music begins playing", and non-dialogue noises, as in "Jin grunts". Very distracting.
In summary, good film, terrible DVD edition.
The DVD I received was voice edited and it is highly noticeable! I saw this movie at the cinemas and it is fantastic but I could only watch 2 minutes of the version I received.
Some majestic sets, costumes and good martial arts moves. However, the love scenes were painful and the ending should be called 'a death of a thousand daggers'. Dragged on way too long, with empty ending... I was just praying that someone would finally, finally die in the end!
This was labelled as a G rating on the disk. Luckily I didn't let my kids watch it without me. It was definately NOT G rated. too much blood flying around! Definately a different type of movie to what I'm used to! Clever martial arts scenes and gorgeous scenery but quite average acting and quite boring in parts. definately NOT one for the kids! I didn't really like it much.
Surprisingly disappointing. The two lead actors are stunning, as is the cinematography. The voice overs are truly annoying and the story suddenly falls in a heap. In the end I didn't care who lived
Good: Sumptuous colour and style. Let me reiterate. Sumptuous colour and style, matched by the cinematography.
Bad: Dreadfully cheap voices in the dubbing. I would rather the real voices and subtitles.
This looks to me very like a modern interpretation of an ancient tale, a newer version of a Chinese story akin to (but not the same as) Beowulf or La Mort d'Arthur in other cultures, or some similar tragic fable. I find a clue to this view in the climactic battle which runs from Summer/Autumn through the depths of Winter, with late scenes showing the combatants swords heavily notched throughout their length and each deeply wounded, with a classical sense of fate in the prognoses by the main characters.
Ultimately, this is an ancient morality tale on ancient mores and the visuals befit that style. Do not look for resolution of the background story. Worth watching though, unless your attention span runs no further than an old James Bond movie.
I might be wrong of course. :-)
You have to like this genre to really appreciate. My type of movie, but recognise would not appeal to all. Cinematography was fantastic, landscapes brillant and even the storyline was good. Recommended viewing but note you have to enjoy this genre.
Don't you love it, all those sophisticated, educated, trendy people rating this movie 3 plus stars because they are diverse, culturally aware, sensitive folk... Get a reality check!
Beautifully executed, with stunning action scenes and a decent storyline, I really enjoyed this movie. Oh yeah, and Ziyi Zhang was perfect (as usual)
The best film I have seen in a long time.Any one fond of this genre this film is well worth a look.
Anohter action packed,stunning looking martial arts movie with a fantastic DTS sound track to top things off.
Great Shots, Terrific music and action
The movie is set in 859AD during the Tang Dynasty, and the army is trying to find the rebel female headquarters of the House Of Flying Daggers. This Movie has very beautiful scenery, cinematograpy, dancing and music. Most of the movie is taken up with great sword fighting sequences. I would describes this movie as a love story with a sad ending. This DVD provides the choice of Chinese or English spoken dialogue and English subtitles.
Loved it! Special effects are outstanding.
Very enjoyable action/drama. Great scenery & cinematography.
beautiful love story not to mention the colours and the action
A very entertaining film.I enjoyed it immensely. It certainly didn's send me to sleep.
Operatically bad. Sets, costumes and settings were wonderful, but the catastrophically slow and endless string of deceptions, betrayals and treacheries had me nodding off more than any film I have ever seen.
Didn't really know what to expect from this, although I was thinking along the lines of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It wasn't as good as that, but it was still good. Spectacular aerobatics, etc, as would be expected in a film such as this.
don't bother...I did not wach it until the end!
Very good effects, and beautiful scenery, but a little too slow for me at times.
Some people are suggesting that you watch with Chinese audio/english subtitles - I chose to do this hoping it would seem more authentic...and I guess it did, but the subtitles have this annoying hint of westernism or americanism to them that just really annoyed me. Other than this, the movie would be excellent.
Very Colorful - great action
This movie was so much more than I expected and enjoyed it - the cinematography was brilliant!
All of it has been done before. Boringly disappointing.
Great special effects and some beautiful cinematography.
Beautiful film but would watch with english subtitles as english voices annoying
Beautiful film but would recommend watching with the english subtitles as the english voice overs a bit annoying
Not what I expected - more a love story than an action movie.
This movie was magical! The tragic story set in beautiful backdrop was mesmerising..The actors were really good...prepare your tissues!
The cinematography and special effects (good work Animal Logic) were outstanding and the performances were relatively good. But the story was a huge let down. The end of it was just RIDICULOUS. It's like they completely lost their way. Sooo disappointing after Hero.
I liked it, even though the ending dragged out a bit! Not so sure about the love scenes!!
Oh dear.... The martial arts scenes and cinematography are AMAZING but the love triangle between the three main characters just detracts from what the viewer was really expecting - flying daggers! The Hollywood style dubbing also ruins this beautiful piece. For martial arts lovers - try Hero instead.
A wonderful feast of colours and stunning scenery set the perfect backdrop to this well produced and evenly paced movie.
This movie was so gorgeous to look at I didn't really care whether there was a plot or not. Each frame was a work of art. Mind you, the sexy long-haired male leads are worth a look too !!
Loved the movie -- looked and sounded excellent. My one gripe was that the only English subtitles available were clearly intended for the hard of hearing, describing every sound, as well as the music. This became a mildly annoying distraction. No doubt the movie had normal subtitles when it was released in cinemas, so there's no reason not to have them on the DVD.
The English dialogue track is the default, but the original Mandarin dialogue track is also on the disc - you select it using the Languages submenu.