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

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  14 January 2005 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Xiao Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)
Dandan Song ...
Hongfei Zhao ...
Jun Guo ...
Shu Zhang ...
Jiusheng Wang ...
Zhengyong Zhang ...
Yongxin Wang ...
Dong Liu ...
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

House of Flying Daggers  »

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Box Office


CNY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$892,536 (Hong Kong) (16 July 2004)


$11,041,228 (USA) (1 April 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yimou Zhang conceived the story in the late 1990s as a companion to Hero (2002) (aka Hero). See more »


As Mei is in the bamboo forest, split between the two bamboo trees several bamboo spears are thrown at her. Two pierce and get wedged in the bamboo trees level with her head. As Mei is sliding down the bamboo they are gone. See more »


Jin: Just call me Wind.
Mei: Wind?
Jin: I wander around all alone, come and go without a trace.
Mei: Like a carefree wind?
Jin: No, a playful wind.
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Crazy Credits

The Chinese theatrical release has a Chinese translation of the ending song (which has lyrics in English) on the left side of the screen during the credits. See more »


Beauty Song (Jia Ren Qu)
Written by Li Yannian
Performed by Ziyi Zhang
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Best Movie of 2004
6 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess having this movie out just a few months after the U.S. release of "Hero" was more than many moviegoers could chew (and you can see it in the reviews here). That takes away from a fantastic experience. Every frame of this film is exquisite. It was breathtaking scene after breathtaking scene. There are enough plot twist, double crossings and romance to keep the scenes between the action sequences interesting. Ziyi Zhang plays her best role of what I call now a trilogy (which includes "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Hero" and now "House Of Flying Daggers" -the best of the three). It's not Yimou Zhang's best movie, that'd be "Raise The Red Lantern", but it's proof this director is on a roll. Go see this movie without worry.

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