Excruciatingly exaggerated, yet not as beautiful a movie as Hero by the same instructor.
House of Flying Daggers, or Shi mian mai fu, is still very much worth seeing. I really love the way Yimou Zhang use the colors in nature to visually hint at where the story is going and the beautiful clothes and house interiors in the movie.
And it's so nice to see a chinese movie with a chinese story made by a chinese crew with chinese actors speaking chinese. It's just a little annoying to miss a little of the movie because you have to read the subtitles to follow the dialog. I sometimes forgot to read because of the beautiful natural scenery.