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House of Flying Daggers
- Takeshi Kaneshiro

Overview - Following up his award-winning martial-arts drama HERO, director Zhang Yimou (JU DOU, RAISE THE RED LANTERN) tells an intricately detailed love story in the swordfighting epic HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, set during the final days of the Tang Dynasty.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Following up his award-winning martial-arts drama HERO, director Zhang Yimou (JU DOU, RAISE THE RED LANTERN) tells an intricately detailed love story in the swordfighting epic HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, set during the final days of the Tang Dynasty. A mysterious group called the Flying Daggers is a dangerous threat to the government, so police captain Leo (Andy Lau) sends his right-hand man, Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro), undercover to try to find the rebels' location. Jin, a notorious playboy, pretends he is a roving warrior called "Wind" and befriends Mei (Ziyi Zhang), a blind dancer who is believed to be the daughter of the former leader of the Daggers. As he leads her across the countryside, they are "attacked" by government soldiers--but these battles are staged by Leo in order to convince Mei that Jin is on her side. But when a general orders that Mei must be captured at any cost, the fighting turns real, and Jin must decide between his loyalty to his job and his growing love for Mei. Meanwhile, Mei battles her feelings for Jin as well, trying to hide her true self. Zhang's gorgeous, compelling film is filled with beautiful singing and dancing, marvelous costumes, and wonderful locations; the scene in the Bamboo Forest is unforgettable, as is the Echo Game, which Leo and Mei play in the Peony Pavilion. There are also twists throughout the film and by the time the end comes, audiences will be spinning their heads in awe and amazement at the neverending wonders of this special movie. The film is dedicated to Anita Mui, who was to have a starring role before her unexpected death.

Cast List

Bill Kong - producer, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Yimou Zhang - Chinese Director/Director Of Photography
Zhang Yimou - Chinese Director/Director Of Photography
Feng Lu - Actor, THE DESTROYER
Lu Feng - Actor, THE DESTROYER
Song Dandan - Actor, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Zhang Weiping - Executive Producer, THE ROAD HOME (2001)
Tingxiao Huo - Production Designer, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Huo Tingxiao - Production Designer, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Andy Lau - Hong Kong Actor/ Singing Idol, DRUNKEN MASTER 2, ARMAGEDDON
Andy Lau Tak-Wah - Hong Kong Actor/ Singing Idol, DRUNKEN MASTER 2, ARMAGEDDON
Tak Wa Lau - Hong Kong Actor/ Singing Idol, DRUNKEN MASTER 2, ARMAGEDDON
Dehua Liu - Hong Kong Actor/ Singing Idol, DRUNKEN MASTER 2, ARMAGEDDON
Zhao Xiaoding - Director of Photography, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Shigeru Umebayashi - Composer, ZHOU YU'S TRAIN (2004)
Takeshi Kaneshiro - Actor/"Chungking Express"
Gum Sing-Mo - Actor/"Chungking Express"
Ziyi Zhang - Chinese actor, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, MEMOIRS OF A G
Zhang Ziyi - Chinese actor, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, MEMOIRS OF A G
Cheng Long - Editor, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Long Cheng - Editor, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Emi Wada - Costume Designer, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 119
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396150225
  • Genre: Foreign Video - Other
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality)
  • Release Date: July 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Foreign Films
Movies > Chinese/Mandarin

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Notes:
THEATRICAL RELEASE: DECEMBER 3, 2004 This film was included in the 42nd New York Film Festival organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Reviews:
"The action sequences are often joltingly spectacular..." - 12/01/2004 Premiere, p.24-6


"[A] gorgeous entertainment, a feast of blood, passion and silk brocade." - 12/03/2004 New York Times, p.E21


"Zhang reveals bold finesse at pulling off an emotion-charged epic of style and sophistication that is exciting and at times humorous." - 12/03/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E8


"[A}n orgy of spellbinding visuals: dazzling acrobatics, mesmerizing martial arts, sumptuous settings and resplendent costumes. With its high drama and historical setting, it is more like an opera than a movie." - 12/03/2004 USA Today, p.1E


"[With] a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises....Prepare your eyes for popping." - 12/09/2004 Rolling Stone, p.190


"Zhang Yimou returns with another beautifully wrought incursion into classical Chinese folklore." - 01/01/2005 Uncut, p.158


"[A]n outrageously gorgeous spectacle of balletic aggression....[With] a romantic passion that's woven into the very fabric of the action." Entertainment Weekly, p.64


"HOUSE is lushly emotional, intimate and intricately tricked out....Zhang has always deployed colour and design with immense skill..." - 01/01/2005 Sight and Sound, 51-2


"[T]he ravishing visual compositions add a magical note to this tragic tale." - 12/01/2004 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.103


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he real delight here is the inspired fights, the lyrical love story and the twisty-turny narrative." - 12/01/2008 Empire, p.200

 
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