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House of Flying Daggers (2004)
"Shi mian mai fu" (original title)

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A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

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Xiao Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)
Dandan Song ...
Yee
Hongfei Zhao ...
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Jun Guo ...
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Shu Zhang ...
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Jiusheng Wang ...
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Zhengyong Zhang ...
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Yongxin Wang ...
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Dong Liu ...
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Qi Zi ...
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Xuedong Qu ...
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Liping Tian ...
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Hongwei Zhao ...
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During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. A police officer called Leo sends officer Jin to investigate a young dancer named Mei, claiming that she has ties to the "Flying Daggers". Leo arrests Mei, only to have Jin breaking her free in a plot to gain her trust and lead the police to the new leader of the secret organization. But things are far more complicated than they seem... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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14 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Budget:

CNY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$146,833 (Australia) (11 February 2005)

Gross:

$11,041,228 (USA) (1 April 2005)
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The scene in the bamboo forest is very common in Chinese martial arts movies. Yimou Zhang felt that he had to stay in that tradition and added the scene in the bamboo forest. See more »

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Before Jin and Mei are trapped by the bamboo spears they are standing among hundreds of short bamboo spears pierced into the ground as a trap. When the soldiers get killed by The Flying Daggers and fall down to the ground, the short bamboo spears are all gone. See more »

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Yee: If you had known what the truth of the matter really was, do you think you still would have come here with her?
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In Memory of Anita Mui 1963-2003 See more »

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The Colors of wind are the thoughts of the heart
6 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From Yimou Zhang, the director of Jet Li's Hero and Raise the Red Lantern, comes a spectacular tale about honor, and love.

House of Flying Daggers is the gripping, touching, and visually spectacular tale of two people, caught in a Romeo and Juliet story, and the nation at war they must fight together.

It is near the end of the Tang Dynasty era, and The Captain Jin (Kaneshiro) and Leo (Lau) tangle with Mei (Zhang), a dancer suspected of having ties to a revolutionary faction known as the House of Flying Daggers. Enraptured by her, the deputies concoct a plan to save her from capture, and Jin leads her north in what becomes a perilous journey into the unknown.

The dialogue, beautifully bright costumes, and landscapes will take you on a wonderful journey. A journey of dance, music, and beautiful words.


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