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28 October 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »
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In this swordfighting comedy, a young noblewoman falls in love with a prince of the Imperial House. By accident... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Francis Ng ... Blindie / 'Chicken Feathers'

Andy On ... Second Prince Tian Yang
Lei Liu ... Tian Sheng, First prince
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cecilia Cheung ... Black Phoenix / White Dragon Jr.
Xiao Lung Ding ... Palace Guard #1

Avi K. Garg ... Deer Claw / Various Characters (voice: English version)
Shiu Hung Hui ... Deer Tai
Zhangjin Shi ... Eagle
Nei Suet ... White Dragon
Patrick Tang ... Gene
Kitty Yuen ... Tweetie

Directed by
Wilson Yip 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yiu Fai Lo 
Wilson Yip 

Produced by
Tiffany Chen .... administrative producer
Ivy Kong .... producer (as Y.Y. Kong)
Joe Ma .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tommy Wai 
 
Film Editing by
Ka-Fai Cheung 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Wong 
 
Editorial Department
Kar-tung Chu .... digital editor
Wai-Yip Ho .... digital editor
Kai-wing Yeung .... digital editor
 
Other crew
Charles Heung .... presenter
 

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Also Known As:
"Fei hap siu baak lung" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Argentina:93 min
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Movie Connections:
Remake of Fei xia xiao bai long (1968)See more »

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18 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyed this better than "House of Flying Daggers", 30 January 2005
Author: Ruby Liang (ruby_fff) from sf, usa

I chanced upon this film quite accidentally. It was double-billed with "Springtime in a Small Town" and lucky for me, simply enjoyed it wholeheartedly.

This is a 'martial arts' film, told like a folklore, in period costumes and sets (prince and palaces), yet with modern touches noted in the dialog exchanges. Among the scenes of sword fights, kung fu artists jumping, flying around in woods and forests, rooftops and walls, there are constant witty banters and the use of pun on colloquial idioms and visual references. If you know Cantonese, you're bound to be readily giggling with delight the way the fun-poking lines being tossed around by the actors and actresses. There is an endearing casual rhythm to how the words are thrown out, matching the action or movement at hand. An example of a modern touch (probably recognized by anyone who's familiar with using computers and the Internet): the sign of 'downloading' on screen is being 'borrowed' (where the subtitle is) to denote transference of mastery power from one character to another (our heroine of the story played by Cecilia Cheung, to be specific). Hm, ain't it cool!

I like "White Dragon" more than "House of Flying Daggers" - both had scenes of action sequences among trees and bamboo, a blind hero (in 'Dragon')/heroine (in 'House'), noble intentions - somehow the storyline is more substantial, lively and playful, and endearing in "White Dragon." There's no dispute as to how stylish the way "House of Flying Daggers" was cinematic ally presented, how lavish the costumes in colors and fluid in movements, yet like "Hero," there's a certain aloofness to director Zhang Yimou's two recent highly artistic filmic efforts (sort of precious but touch me not). While director Wilson Yip gave us a story that we can simply get down and literally rollick with the characters, laugh and cheer with them to the basic values of good triumphs over evil, and love can win and unite hearts.

With "House" - we are kept at a distance, just watching in awe how beautiful Zhang Ziyi is and the sceneries and props. With "Dragon" - we get to jump in and be next to Cecilia Cheung's "Litte White Dragon," her spunk, swiftness and warm smiles, and Francis Ng's "A floor of Chicken Feathers," the personable blind assassin with heart, gentleness and quiet moves. The way the film is directed appeals to both young and old. Another modern approach example: the scene in the shop, the words uttered (subtitle translations) reminded me of moments in 'teenage' films like Tina Fey's "Mean Girls." Some might find the humor 'silly', while some may take it as comic relief with ease.

"(Little) White Dragon" (2004) is available on DVD - yes, NTSC ALL region, widescreen, DTS sound, 93 mins., subtitles English and Chinese. For more info, try a search on "White Dragon" "Wilson Yip 2004" or can check out Asian DVD stores online. If you want entertaining action and drama, fun and wit, charming romance, non-heavy-handed treatment, give this film a chance. A literal translation of the film's Chinese title can be: "Little White Dragon: Tempestuous Sea of Emotions."

Other Zhang Yimou films worth seeing are: "Happy Times" (2001), "Not One Less"(1999), "Ju Dou" (1990), "Red Sorghum" (1987).

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