We made 90 pork and beef gyoza, created Chinese rice and noodle dishes, feasted on coconut tapioca pudding and gorged on banana fritters. All things Chinese were on the menu; including laughing Buddha beers, peach and lychee beers, green tea cocktails and of course, Chinese fortune cookies.
For the Year of the Sheep we burned red and gold candles, hung up red paper lanterns and donned the chopsticks to feast the night away, rounding it all out with a viewing of House of Flying Daggers for some authentic martial arts action.
The weather was balmy and perfect for outdoor sunset watching. You just have to love a celebration that embraces so much red, so much great food and an excuse to get your martial arts action on. A fabulous gathering that's for sure!
Release Date: 2004
Running Time: 118 mins
A magical glimpse of history and a spectacular visual feast from director Yimou Zhang. This film delivers a delightful mix of drama, fantasy-action, adventure and romance, making it a must see for fans of martial arts movies, especially if you like a decent story line along side your action.
Set during the reign of the Tang Dynasty in China, an underground rebel organization called 'The House of the Flying Daggers' has formed to oppose the corrupt government. Two government officials are assigned the task of capturing an exotic blind member of The Daggers, and through gaining her trust, discover the whereabouts of The Daggers secret lair.
The cast are all ridiculously good looking in this; Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau and Ziyi Zhang have all been endowed with insanely unfair genetics, all managing to look like their about to step onto the next Benetton shoot even when they are being tortured or stabbed.
Lots of plot twists and intrigue to be had here, but it is the amazing colour explosions, exquisite costumes and eye popping landscapes that really make this film a winner.
FINAL SAY: To be free like the wind.
3 Chili Peppers