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House of Flying Daggers ( Shi mian mai fu ) (2004) Movie Information

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Yimou Zhang


Ziyi Zhang
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Andy Lau
Dandan Song
Hongfei Zhao
Jun Guo





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A heroic warrior breaks an friend out of prison from a rival when romance, possible betrayal and deception occurs.

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Zeborah 04/13/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Very pretty, but a bit slow-paced and thin. Plus I've never been one for either the torn-between-two-loves trope or the ready-to-risk-all-for-love trope. (Also, the dubbing was technically good but artistically terrible and between the two very distracting; should be watched with subtitles.)

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Snoogans 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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More of the high-flying stylized Asian fighting here. It's about as good as the rest of them.

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Bribaba 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The House of Flying Daggers is a great title for any film, and in this case the finished article more than lives up to the promise suggested. The sets, the lighting, the costumes, the set-pieces; it makes you realise how audiences must have felt when they first encountered sound. The action sequences are astonishing, even though it's essentially a love story. That's quite enough in itself, but there's also a political allegory running lightly in the background. Light enough, at least, for the film to be considered suitable for export, unlike some of Zimou's earlier, more trenchant works. The beauty of this film is that can be enjoyed on many different levels and, hopefully, by many different people.

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mitchellyoung 01/13/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The story is above average for a martial arts film, but the real star of the film is the beautiful cinematography and choreographed shots that are transcendent. Not as good as Zhang's Hero, but a wonderful experience nonetheless.

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05/30/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

House of Flying Daggers review

"Don't let beauty blind your judgement." Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Liu (Andy Lau) were tasked to assassinate a leader. Mei (Zhang Ziyi) is a blind dancer was suspected of being the daughter of the old leader of the Flying Daggers. Mei's dance number though impressive slows the pace of the plot. The action was spectacular and direction was skillful. It was unbelievable how Wind hit 4 guys all at the same time when he used various arrows. Screenplay was effective with quotes: "I hate the corrupt government" "Marriage is a big deal." - Wind. "To be the wind." - Mei and "You can't force a woman against her will." - Nia. A The cinematography was like looking at a canvass. House of Flying Daggers is a film about deception, loyalty, love, respect for women and opposing side...

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"House Of Flying Daggers" by Yojimbo

A provincial guardsman goes undercover and breaks a blind swordswoman out of prison to discover the location of a secret society of rebellious assassins. Zhang Yimou's follow up to Hero is a similarly stunning combination of artistic visuals and beautifully choreographed martial arts, but this time he throws an epic story of unrequited love into the mix. The story's format is another favourite of Chinese cinema, that of the undercover cop with divided loyalties, but blended with mythical fantasy and star crossed lovers it plays out almost like The Departed crossed with Romeo And Juliet. This makes for a more complex character dynamic than that of Hero and therefore a more engaging story, although it does suffer similarly to the previous film in that it can feel like the plot is just a ser...

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