Posted on 1/07/05 09:49 AM
I have owned this movie on DVD for over a year now (Asian release bought off of e-bay before Miramax caught on to what was happening). I have watched it now twice and I can say, while not as good as House of Flying Daggers it still packs an ass whooping, soul searching punch.
Story, In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin's three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory.
In ancient times China was divided into seven kingdoms. Qin, the king of the northern province, is under permanent threat of assassination attempts. His greatest fears are the warriors "Broken Sword", "Flying Snow" and "Sky". One day one of the magistrates of his kingdom enters the palace, claims that he defeated all three of the emperor's adversaries and tells his story; how he beat "Sky" in a duel and used the love between "Broken Sword" and "Flying Snow" to subdue them. (I got this info off of IMDB)
Now, I have yet to watch the uncut version (although I do own it as well) I must say, this was simply breathtaking. Jet Li's best performance to date as the Nameless assassin and Ziyi Zhang as Moon. He beauty is more captivating with each movie I see her in. The fight on the water was shear genious. Hell, almost everything in it was. I must recommend though, watch this one before you check out House of Flying Daggers. The story might be a bit better in this one but the combat in HOFD is IMO way better.