House of Flying Daggers

House of Flying Daggers

Director: Zhang Yimou Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Ziyi Zhang, Andy Lau Tak-wah


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
UPC: 0043396091788
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:59:00

Special Features

Zhang Yimou and Ziyi Zhang audio commentary; 45-minute making-of featurette; Making-of the visual effects featurette; "Lovers" music video; Storyboard comparisons; Photo galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Takeshi Kaneshiro Jin
Ziyi Zhang Mei
Andy Lau Tak-wah Leo
Song Dandan Yee
Kathleen Battle Singer

Technical Credits
Zhang Yimou Director,Original Story,Producer
Wang Bin Original Story
Wang Bing Original Story
Tony Ching Action Director
Li Feng Original Story
Zhang Jianming Choreography
Tao Jing Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Kong Producer
Cheng Long Editor
Chau Siu-Mui Makeup
Huo Tingxiao Set Decoration/Design
Shigeru Umebayashi Score Composer
Emi Wada Costumes/Costume Designer
Zhang Weiping Executive Producer
Zhao Xiaoding Cinematographer
Yang Xiaohai Makeup
Zhang Zhenyan Associate Producer
Han Zhong Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Mei
3. Beauty Song
4. The Echo Game
5. Assassination Attempt
6. Threat of Torture
7. Rescuing Mei
8. Wind
9. Mounted Assault
10. Cool As Water
11. Secret Meeting
12. Real Flowers
13. "Soldiers Are Approaching."
14. Unseen Benefactor
15. The Nature of Wind
16. Bamboo Forest
17. The Flying Daggers
18. Blindsided
19. The Mole
20. Three Years
21. No Future
22. His Life in Her Hands
23. "If We Meet Again..."
24. Life-Changing Decision
25. All Truths Revealed
26. Blood on Show
27. Destiny by Dagger
28. ."..A Beauty Like This

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House of Flying Daggers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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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.
NEC More than 1 year ago
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!
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