View Full Version : Which Zhang Yimou wu xia film do you prefer?
The Running Man
11-15-2006, 12:29 AM
Zhang Yimou's new wu xia flick is coming out next month (Curse of a Golden Flower). Just curious what some people think about the previous two he made.
Which film do you prefer?
House of Flying Daggers
11-15-2006, 01:05 AM
Flying Alone for Thousands of Miles is the ultimate wuxia movie. Terracotta Warrior is a close second. And not forgetting The Story of Qigong. ;)
11-15-2006, 01:45 AM
Terracotta Warrior is a close second.
word. i luv that movie too, even if its not without faults... and not exactly wuxia :\
anyhoo, long time fan here- zhang yimou is great, yu rong guang one swift bastard and gong li fascinating and wonderfully annoying.
not to mention the difficult, threadbare time travelling adventure theme works better for TW than it does for the majority of movies with a related theme. besides, terracotta warriors rule ;)
between the 2- "hero" hands down; and its a landslide victory.
main reason: HOFD is nice and some of the imagery and designs of a sequence are unique and exquisitely uber-stylish, but i got fed up with that flick rather quickly.
hero is more complex, has more (outlandish) action and a (much) better repeat value.
11-15-2006, 01:51 AM
Hero>>>>>>>>>>>>House of Flying Daggers (imo at least)
HoFD looks pretty, but it felt very 'forced' to me. felt like Zhang was just trying to cash in on the wuxia genre after hero. fights werent quite as good, and the story doesnt have as much style and effectiveness as Hero. HoFD is still a good film, but Hero tops it in everyway imo.
11-15-2006, 09:55 AM
I prefer Hero just for the Yen/Li fight and the group fight before that but other than those, nothing else was interesting.
Hero for sure, HoFD was boring, to much cgi, maybe had they got some better actors to fit the parts, but it was a one view movie. I'll take Jet, Yen, Maggie Cheung, and Tony Leung anyday.
11-15-2006, 01:07 PM
Hero all the way. I enjoyed HOFD, but Hero is a masterpiece in my opinion
11-15-2006, 01:24 PM
Looks like I'm gonna be the first to go against the popular vote. For me, Hero just dragged a lot more than HoFD when I watched it the cinema, despite Hero being shorter than HoFD. The Yen/Li fight was great though.
11-15-2006, 05:06 PM
I prefer Hero for the acting, story & cinematography. But HOFD has plenty of action if one is in the mood.
11-15-2006, 07:05 PM
HOFD is one of my favs but Hero is better. Have to see about Cursre of the Golden Flower, though that does look like a Gong Li showcase. :eek
11-16-2006, 12:31 AM
11-16-2006, 08:13 PM
My vote goes to Hero
11-23-2006, 11:37 PM
By far and away I prefer Hero over HOFD. I echo Chen's sentiments.
11-28-2006, 03:01 AM
definetly hero..due to its better fight scenes..and awesome imagery..
hofd had some great scenes...but nothing close to hero
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