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House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Shi mian mai fu (original title)
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)
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Yee
Hongfei Zhao ...
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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:

CNY 55,000,000 (China) (18 July 2004)

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$11,050,094 (USA)
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The climactic fight scene was filmed in the Ukraine. It snowed so early (October) that it caught the filmmakers by surprise, as they had already started filming. They decided to change the script and the movie so that it would appear almost as if this epic battle began during the fall and ended during winter. Yimou Zhang was very happy with how it turned out because it set the perfect tone and obviously highlighted the blood spilled on the snow. See more »

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In the ending scene when Mei tells Jin to leave, the horse he uses to depart upon has white socks on its rear legs then it has solid leg markings. It changes back and forth from markings to none on Mei's horse also. See more »

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Mei: A rare beauty in the North. She's the finest lady on earth. A glance from her, the whole city goes down. A second glance leaves the nation in ruins. There exists no city or nation that has been more cherished than a beauty like this. A rare beauty in the North. She's the finest lady on earth. A glance from her, the whole city goes down. A second glance leaves the nation in ruins. There exists no city or nation that has been more cherished than a beauty like this.
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In Memory of Anita Mui 1963-2003 See more »

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Music and lyrics by Shigeru Umebayashi
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Beautiful Romantic Adventure
12 November 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Ninth Century, the Tang Dinasty in China is weak and corrupt, and an army of rebels called "The House of the Flying Daggers" fights against the government military forces, and steals from the rich to give to the poor people. Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro), two captains of the government army, plot a scheme against the rebels using the blind dancer Mei (Zhang Ziyi) to approach their leaders, but their love for Mei leads them to a tragedy.

"Shi mian mai fu" is a beautiful romantic adventure, with amazing clothing, cinematography, colors, music score, fight and martial arts choreography and special effects. The story begins like an action movie, and ends like a tragic romance. Visually, it is an impressive masterpiece, the story is also very nice, Zhang Ziyi is amazingly gorgeous and I really liked this movie a lot. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Clã das Adagas Voadoras"("The Clan of the Flying Daggers")


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