House of Flying Daggers

House of Flying Daggers

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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'sSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Classic FM Magazine - Anna Britten
This has more cut-and-thrust than a bagful of samurai swords.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969356128
catalogNumber:
93561
Rank:
39833

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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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