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House of Flying Daggers (2004)

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Commentary 1: Director Zhang Yimou and actor Ziyi Zhang Rating:8.7/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by vicisaran on April 20th, 2008:Find all reviews by vicisaran
This is a great commentary featuring director Zhang Yimou and star Zhang Ziyi (no relation). It's very informative and insightful. For one thing, in the film Zhang Ziyi plays a sexy bitch that hardly smiles or laughs, but her commentary is filled with cute laughing and giggling as she discusses the production and even teases the director about specific shots that were especially difficult (such as when she had to hold the splits in-between two trees for an entire day). They discuss what filming was like when the nearly all-Chinese production crew shot in Ukraine for over two months. They discuss other actor's performances and reveal how the leading actor got injured in a stunt and had to film the rest of his scenes sitting, lying down, or squatting. They give special insight to the script and specific lines of dialogue and Yimou discusses the themes he wanted to establish through them. They talk about the choreography throughout the film, especially during the opening dance scene and how it was changed from a traditional Chinese dance sequence to more martial arts based. Yimou even points out a glaring continuity error he left in the film and why.
Very light-hearted and illuminating commentary, with hardly any silent "gaps" except for when they're discussing a specific line or scene and go silent for a second so they can hear it. Highly recommended track.
Reviewed by vicisaran on April 20th, 2008:Find all reviews by vicisaran
This is a great commentary featuring director Zhang Yimou and star Zhang Ziyi (no relation). It's very informative and insightful. For one thing, in the film Zhang Ziyi plays a sexy bitch that hardly smiles or laughs, but her commentary is filled with cute laughing and giggling as she discusses the production and even teases the director about specific shots that were especially difficult (such as when she had to hold the splits in-between two trees for an entire day). They discuss what filming was like when the nearly all-Chinese production crew shot in Ukraine for over two months. They discuss other actor's performances and reveal how the leading actor got injured in a stunt and had to film the rest of his scenes sitting, lying down, or squatting. They give special insight to the script and specific lines of dialogue and Yimou discusses the themes he wanted to establish through them. They talk about the choreography throughout the film, especially during the opening dance scene and how it was changed from a traditional Chinese dance sequence to more martial arts based. Yimou even points out a glaring continuity error he left in the film and why.
Very light-hearted and illuminating commentary, with hardly any silent "gaps" except for when they're discussing a specific line or scene and go silent for a second so they can hear it. Highly recommended track.