House of Flying Daggers (35mm)
Dir. Zhang Yimou (2004); Hong Kong/China, 119m
Starring: Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Mandarin with English subtitles
FRIDAY, march 15th AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, march 16th AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
SUNDAY, march 17th AT 3:00PM
If translated literally from Mandarin to English, the original title Shí Miàn Mái Fú means “ambushed from ten directions”, which perfectly embodies the carefully choreographed martial arts that builds tension and dimension throughout House of Flying Daggers. Director Zhang Yimou’s storytelling is driven by visual imagery solidified by his early works: Raise the Red Lantern and The Story of Qiu Ju. His utilization of lighting, lush compositions, and obscure angles strengthen the dramatic effects of the film itself. House of Flying Daggers transcends visually, crossing fantastical limitations most director's would likely consider preposterous.