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House of Flying Daggers Soundtrack


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Product Details

  • Performer: Shigeru Umebayashi, Kathleen Battle
  • Composer: Shigeru Umebayashi
  • Audio CD (November 30, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • ASIN: B0006HC0R8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening title
2. Beauty Song (Jia Ren Qu)
3. The Echo Game
4. The Peonyhouse
5. Battle in the Forest
6. Taking her hand
7. Leo's Eyes
8. Lovers - Flower Garden
9. No way out
10. Lovers
11. Farewell No. 1
12. Bamboo Forest
13. Ambush in 10 directions (Shi Mian Mai Fu)
14. Leo's Theme
15. Mei and Leo
16. The House of Flying Daggers
17. Lovers (Mei and Jin)
18. Farewell No. 2
19. Until the end
20. Lovers (Title Song)

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Product Description

HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS tells of a passionate emotional journey, in which three people suffer for love - it tears them apart, yet they are willing to sacrifice everything for it. Shigeru UMEBAYASHI (Composer) career as a professional musician began when he led the legendary new-wave rock band EX to stardom in Japan. In the early 1980s, EX was selected to be the supporting band for Eric Clapton's Japan Tour.

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The films of director Zhang Yimou have a panoramic sweep to them that deftly creates a fantastical vision of ancient Chinese culture for the screen. Yimou's eye for color and sense of drama demands a score that conveys the emotion, tradition and action of his movies. Here Shigeru Umebayashi tells each part of the story with a mix of traditional flute, drums, string instruments and, to a lesser degree, orchestra and moody-sounding synthesizers. The lilting melody of "Lovers" is particularly effective, simmering with a passion that leaves no doubt about the tone of the scene; it comes back to dramatic effect at other times in the film as well--the soundtrack closes with a soaring version of it by soprano Kathleen Battle. Similar to but not as heavy as Tan Dun's occasionally overbearing work on Yimou’s film Hero, Umebayashi leans toward the subtle for this love story, and the film is better for it. – Tad Hendrickson

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The music is haunting and beautiful.
S. Chase
I would recommend this album to anyone who loved the movie or to anyone who enjoys oriental or new age music.
Author Ty
I had the opportunity to hear this marvellous music for the first time today in my workplace.
Steven Guy

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Missy Lee on January 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As like Crouching Tiger and Hero, the impressive impact and emotion of the movie is be attributed a large deal to the score, but I think House of Flying Daggers offers the best one yet.

Tan Dun's Crouching Tiger was beautiful, very traditional and emotional, with some epic sounds thrown in for the desert scenes. Hero tried to follow suit, but I think it sounded way too much like Crouching Tiger, and thus became extremely repetitive. House of Flying Daggers on the other hand offered something entirely new. It has a more contemporary sound than the other two, and is one of the least repetitive soundtracks I've heard.

The running theme of 'Lovers' is extremely moving, whether it be in the melancholy Er-hu solo in track 10, the operatic title song by Kathleen Battle (with a beautiful piano opening) or track 8, the soaring 'Lovers - Flower Garden', where the heart of the soundtrack lies (and which is also my favourite track!)

There are also other elements in the score, such as the middle-eastern sounding 'Battle in the Forest'(after a serene intro), the epic orchestra in 'No Way Out', and the rhythmic strings in 'Farewell'.

The HOFD soundtrack is so multifaceted it's hard to get tired of listening to it. A must for your record collection!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Author Ty on June 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This soundtrack is a wonderful mix of classical oriental music and modern film score symphonics, a taste of the far east that's accessible to everyone. The Chinese flute and stringed instruments are blended with modern synthesizers and orchestra instruments to create a moody, elegant and very romantic soundtrack. Most of the pieces are very short, around two minutes long, but there are several longer pieces as well and all of the works seem to flow together so when listening to the entire album you feel a sense of continuity. I would recommend this album to anyone who loved the movie or to anyone who enjoys oriental or new age music.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By trastevere on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
while tan dun's scores for crouching tiger and hero have been highly praised, this work is both more effective and far more individual. full of memorable moments and powerful emotion, it is well worth checking out. watching the film, i found myself thinking it was the most powerful film score by an asian composer since takemitsu's score for ran (itself one of my all time favorite scores for any film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Preiss on December 24, 2005
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This album has everything good music needs. It's driving, subtle, powerful and soft. It is a truly amazing work of art. It gets the emotions of the characters and the events of the story out perfectly. A ballet could be performed to this score.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By regular guy on February 18, 2005
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I really love this soundtrack. After seeing the movie I imediately went looking for the music. My favorite surprise ofcourse was the beautiful soft voice of Zhang Ziyi herself on the second track, "Beauty Song". It's simple melody and sparse traditional instrumentation was perfect for calling all the attention to and accentuating her vocal. As I listened, I kept picturing her beautiful face singing in that scene at the Peony House.

The rest of the CD is awesome. All the moods, and colors of the film come alive in your head as you listen. The entire score is similar in style and arrangements to CTHD but much more romantic and musical to listen to. More contemporary to the point it stands by itself just to listen to rather than just being a movie sountrack.

But this CD, seat back, relax and let your mind wonder.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Breck on May 13, 2005
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The movie, House of Flying Daggers, is a pure gem. I think it is possibly the most underated movie this year and should be seen by everyone. The love story is operatic in its beauty and tragedy, and I was holding tears back through the entire film due to its simple yet dramatic grace and the gentle melodies of the score. However, when the credits appeared and that beautiful voice of Katleen Battle rang through my ears, I could no longer hold in the tears and began to cry profusely.

The movie is true MUST SEE and the Soundtrack should be listened to over and over.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan Heavens on November 12, 2006
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I truly enjoy this CD. The music is enchanting, emotion-evoking, and powerful. I love to listen to it in order to relax before going to bed. I recommend this CD to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Anderson on September 23, 2006
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"House of Flying Daggers" is one of my favorite Asian films from the past five years. One of the main reasons I love the film is the sumptuous classical film score by Shigeru Umebayashi. The classical score reminded me a great deal of the score for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". The operatic ballad by Kathleen Battle is stunning. I don't normally like most opera music but I definitely enjoyed listening to Kathleen Battle. This is a lovely cd to relax to with a hot cup of tea and a good book.
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