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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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Cast

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Jin
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Leo
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Xiao Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)
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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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Storyline

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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$11,041,228 (USA) (1 April 2005)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the last fight scene the wind is blowing strongly and snow is falling, but the actors outfits are not moving. See more »

Quotes

Jin: What's your name?
Mei: Mei
Jin: Mei?
Jin: Every girl here is named after a flower. Why is yours so plain?
Mei: I don't want to compete with those others girls. The flowers here can hardly be called flowers. Real flowers bloom in the wilderness.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Beauty Song (Jia Ren Qu)
Written by Li Yannian
Performed by Ziyi Zhang
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User Reviews

 
A pageantry of color, skill and story
19 October 2004 | by (Seoul, South Korea) – See all my reviews

There may be some unanswered questions at the end of the movie and yet I'd watch this film over and over again just to witness the use of costumes, the martial arts skill and how they blend to make a very palatable story. Those who are trashing this film do so senselessly. The films' lovebirds are throughly attractive but not at all bland and you root for them because they appear to belong together; they have a natural chemistry which can be difficult for two actors to have. As can be the case in Asian films, like the recent hit "Hero", the costumes and the use of color are important characters all by themselves. So many elements come together beautifully that what's also ironic is the that film could easily be a stage play. I enjoyed this immensely. Just awe-inspiring!


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