House of Flying Daggers

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Shigeru Umebayashi's score for Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers is a study in simplicity, featuring a few understated but hypnotic themes that are repeated with different arrangements of traditional Chinese and Western instruments. Considering that Umebayashi also wrote the music for Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love, it's understandable that this score's romantic moments are among the standouts. The "Lovers" theme has a pure, yearning melody that works as well in a stripped-down arrangement as it does in the more lavish "Lovers Flower Garden" and "Lovers Mei and Jin." Soprano Kathleen Battle's version of the song is more overtly Western-sounding but still retains...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Shigeru Umebayashi's score for Zhang Yimou's House of Flying Daggers is a study in simplicity, featuring a few understated but hypnotic themes that are repeated with different arrangements of traditional Chinese and Western instruments. Considering that Umebayashi also wrote the music for Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love, it's understandable that this score's romantic moments are among the standouts. The "Lovers" theme has a pure, yearning melody that works as well in a stripped-down arrangement as it does in the more lavish "Lovers Flower Garden" and "Lovers Mei and Jin." Soprano Kathleen Battle's version of the song is more overtly Western-sounding but still retains the melody's almost unearthly beauty. The score's bittersweet romance is balanced out by a few percussion-driven tracks that score the film's action sequences, but even pieces like "Battle in the Forest" and "No Way Out" are more melodic than might be expected. Gentle drama and restraint are the watchwords for most of the score, particularly on "Bamboo Forest," "Taking Her Hand," "Ambush in Ten Directions Shi Mian Mai Fu," and "The House of Flying Daggers" itself. The score's subtlety helps give House of Flying Daggers its own identity and, in the long run, makes the music more compelling than more bombastic music would be.
Classic FM Magazine - Anna Britten
This has more cut-and-thrust than a bagful of samurai swords.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969356128
  • Catalog Number: 93561
  • Sales rank: 41,067

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Opening Title (0:58)
  2. 2 Beauty Song (Jia Ren Qu) (2:32)
  3. 3 The Echo Game (1:17)
  4. 4 The Peonyhouse (1:22)
  5. 5 Battle in the Forest (3:26)
  6. 6 Taking Her Hand (1:14)
  7. 7 Leo's Eyes (1:51)
  8. 8 Lovers (Flower Garden) (2:19)
  9. 9 No Way Out (3:59)
  10. 10 Lovers (1:54)
  11. 11 Farewell No. 1 (2:42)
  12. 12 Bamboo Forest (2:36)
  13. 13 Ambush in Ten Directions (Shi Mian Mai Fu) (2:01)
  14. 14 Leo's Theme (2:36)
  15. 15 Mei and Leo (3:06)
  16. 16 The House of Flying Daggers (1:27)
  17. 17 Lovers (Mei and Jin) (4:21)
  18. 18 Farewell No. 2 (2:49)
  19. 19 Until the End (2:55)
  20. 20 Lovers (Title Song) - Kathleen Battle (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aki Takahashi Ocarina
Kathleen Battle Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Bob Zung Saxophone
Jia Peng Fang Erhu
Zhang Xuanlian Yang Chin
Zhou Yu Pipa
Ikuo Kakehashi Percussion
Dai Ya Dizi
Jiang Ting Pipa
Kouichiro Tashiro Guitar
Hitoshi Konno Violin
Arigat Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Xu Bin Pipa
Shu Fang Pipa
Song Hongfei Pipa
Tomoko Kanda Vocals, Voices
Xue Ke Erhu
Deng Le Pipa
Shota Mochizuki Bamboo Flute
Li Qi Pipa
Wang Qi Pipa
Wang Qiao Pipa
Gao Ruiyun Pipa
Wang Shuai Percussion
Bi Xiaodi Piano
Takehiko Yamada Piano
Duan Yan Pipa
Zhang Ziyi Vocals
Zou Yu Pipa
Zhang Xue Yang Chin
Technical Credits
Tadashi Yabe Programming
Kazushige Yamazaki Mastering
Shigeru Umebayashi Composer, Producer, Score
Detchapat Arttasan Art Direction
Sachiko Miyano Orchestration
Tsutomu Satomi Sound Coordinator
Li Yuesong Engineer
Tadashi Yatabe Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful music.

    The movie's action sequences were amazing (namely those of Zhang Ziyi's). The end, seemed to express themes that many Westerners have yet to grasp. Yet the love story that evolves between Jin and Xiao Mei, more than anything, is what the viewer never forgets. This awesome soundtrack, at least for me, is highly successful at keeping that affair's influence and power, aflame in the memory. This is achieved by skilled variations on a theme that recur throughout the main melodies of the soundtrack. And after having watched and understood and appreciated the movie for its artistic achievements, the music becomes utterly moving each time it is heard. It continuously reawakens the power of the love story within the heart. I definitely recommend this soundtrack (as well as the movie) if you are of the intellect to appreciate it with an open mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    House of Flying Daggers

    I've just discovered the movie, and the music. I play it all the time along with "Memoirs of a Geisha". John Williams and Shigeru Umebayashi evoke a time that is past with their ethereal music. The Tang Dynasty comes alive with the bamboo flute and ehru. The love song "Lovers" played throughout the CD and the final version sung by Kathleen Battle makes me cry all the time. I don't understand why the music, especially the title song was not played more commercially or nominated for an award. I feel bad that I had not discovered the CD or the movie until November 2005 (long after the movie and CD were out)but I'm glad that i've found them both now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    House of Flying Daggers

    The music will stay in your memory long after the first note. The "Lovers" theme had me crying every time I listened to it. The blending of full orchestra and chinese flute and ehru was superb. As I listenened to the CD I could picture in my mind every part of the movie. I would recommend this CD for the romantic in every one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overblown

    An unsophisticated soundtrack for an overblown movie that had the audience laughing in derision when I saw it. Also, the scenes of animal cruelty (to horses) were offensive and unnecessary, and this aesthetic pervades both movie and soundtrack.

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    Posted July 11, 2011

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