House of Flying Daggers

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Genre: Foreign Films
Director: Theatrical Release: 2004
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 119 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: Mandarin

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.;

Language Usage   Original
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Rating Reason   stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality
Lu Feng - Actor, THE DESTROYER
Emi Wada - Costume Designer, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Zhang Ziyi - Chinese actor, CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, MEMOIRS OF A G
Bill Kong - producer, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Zhang Weiping - Executive Producer, THE ROAD HOME (2001)
Shigeru Umebayashi - Composer, ZHOU YU'S TRAIN (2004)
Song Dandan - Actor, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Zhao Xiaoding - Director of Photography, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004)
Premiere
12/01/2004
"The action sequences are often joltingly spectacular..."
New York Times
12/03/2004
"[A] gorgeous entertainment, a feast of blood, passion and silk brocade."
Los Angeles Times
12/03/2004
"Zhang reveals bold finesse at pulling off an emotion-charged epic of style and sophistication that is exciting and at times humorous."
USA Today
12/03/2004
"[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."
Rolling Stone
12/09/2004
"[With] a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises....Prepare your eyes for popping."
Uncut
01/01/2005
"Zhang Yimou returns with another beautifully wrought incursion into classical Chinese folklore."
Entertainment Weekly

"[A]n outrageously gorgeous spectacle of balletic aggression....[With] a romantic passion that's woven into the very fabric of the action."
Sight and Sound
01/01/2005
"HOUSE is lushly emotional, intimate and intricately tricked out....Zhang has always deployed colour and design with immense skill..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life
12/01/2004
"[T]he ravishing visual compositions add a magical note to this tragic tale."
Empire
12/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he real delight here is the inspired fights, the lyrical love story and the twisty-turny narrative."

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