House of Flying DaggersDirector: Zhang Yimou
Chinese director Zhang Yimou fuses a martial arts action-drama with a tragic romance in this elegant period piece. In the year 859 A.D., as the Tang dynasty is beset by rebellion, Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) are a pair of lawmen who have been given the task of ferreting out the leaders of a revolutionary faction known as the Flying Daggers. Working on a tip that members of the group are working out of a brothel called the Peony Pavilion, Jin arrives there in disguise and is introduced to a beautiful blind dancer named Mei (Zhang Ziyi). After watching Mei's performance following several drinks, Jin drunkenly attempts to have his way with her, and Leo is forced to intervene. After gaining Mei's trust in a game of skill, Leo arrests her and informs her that she'll be tortured if she doesn't tell all she knows about the Flying Daggers. Jin responds by helping Mei break out of prison, but he has an ulterior motive -- by following her, Leo and Jin are certain she'll lead them to the Flying Daggers. However, as he helps the blind girl find her way back home, Jin finds himself falling in love with Mei, and isn't certain if he's willing to betray her again.
The film is so good to look at and listen to that, as with some operas, the story is almost beside the point, serving primarily to get us from one spectacular scene to another.
It's as thrilling and lushly beautiful a movie as has been released all year, matched only by Zhang's epic "Hero." And I think this film is the more powerful.
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- Sony Pictures
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Andy Lau Tak-wah||Leo|
|Zhang Yimou||Director,Original Story,Producer|
|Wang Bin||Original Story|
|Wang Bing||Original Story|
|Tony Ching||Action Director|
|Li Feng||Original Story|
|Tao Jing||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Huo Tingxiao||Set Decoration/Design|
|Shigeru Umebayashi||Score Composer|
|Emi Wada||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Zhang Weiping||Executive Producer|
|Zhang Zhenyan||Associate Producer|
|Han Zhong||Art Director|
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I'm not particularly fond of martial arts films. However since I saw this in theaters i was taken. The beautiful cinamatography is just breath takingly beautiful!! The story is excellent and both my husband and I have watched it several times. I would recomend this to anyone without hesitation! The love story moves me to tears everytime and the fight sceens keep me on the edge of my seat. The wire work is simply amazing!! I would recomend anything John Woo directs! This is a must have for any home movie collection!
I have watched this movie 3 times and each time is leaves me breathless and sad at the same instant. The martial arts scenes are nothing short of spectacular but the main theme of love and the chemistry between Takeshi Kaneshiro and Ziyi Zhang is something you see between Bogart and Bergman in Casablanca. Finally Yimou has outdone himself. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves ancient china movies but always found them lacking in beauty and sensuality. The sad part is that this film was recommended for a Golden Globe both for Ziyi and Yimou and the picture itself but won nothing. I also recommend the CD which has such haunting and beautiful music that i find myself humming the score all the time.