HoFD is like a 5.5 outta 10… the cinematography is excellent, the costumes are gorgeous… the movie looks great.
But I have to agree that, even for Chinese stories, the crossed-lovers-who-kill-each-other-to-win-the-girl-who-kills-herself story is pretty lame. I’m a big fan of asian cinema, and I can attest that Critical1 is correct, this isn’t that weird for the culture. But that doesn’t make it good.
Shakespeare, for example, is fond of having all his plots tied up with a family… the son wants to kill the uncle who killed his father so he can marry his own mother thereby enabling him to have royal incest with his sister while she plots blah blah blah… I hate those types of stories, too.
I echo the comments above also: I will never understand how she survived so long with that knife in her, nor will I ever understand how it came to be snowing.
Good looking film, but only for the die-hard Hong Kong fans to own, even at $10/dvd.
CTHD is still the best martial arts film, as well as one of the finest films, that I’ve ever seen.