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House of Flying Daggers -- A romantic warrior breaks a beautiful member of a rebel army out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.


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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 25 wins & 45 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Jin

Andy Lau ... Leo

Ziyi Zhang ... Xiao Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)
Dandan Song ... Yee
Hongfei Zhao ... Performer
Jun Guo ... Performer
Shu Zhang ... Performer
Jiusheng Wang ... Performer
Zhengyong Zhang ... Performer
Yongxin Wang ... Performer
Dong Liu ... Performer
Qi Zi ... Performer
Xuedong Qu ... Performer
Liping Tian ... Performer
Hongwei Zhao ... Performer
Weina Huang ... Performer
Dan Ge ... Performer
Xiadong Yang ... Performer (as Yang Xiaodong)
Yisha Shang ... Performer
Ying Liu ... Performer
Jingwen Huang ... Performer
Keija Zhang ... Performer
Tianyou Luo ... Performer
Lin Zhu ... Performer
Jiwei Hu ... Performer
Yu Hong ... Performer
Bojie Hao ... Performer
Jiajun Zhu ... Performer
Ge Xu ... Performer
Jingxiu Chou ... Performer
Cuifang Guo ... Performer
Chengyuan Li ... Performer
Shuo Zhang ... Performer
Jidong Zhang ... Performer
Qiang Li ... Performer
Yang Fu ... Performer
Yang Guang ... Performer
Yang Wen ... Performer
Liang Chen ... Performer
Xiuqiang Lin ... Performer
Kun Wang ... Performer
Meng Li ... Performer
Ming Dong ... Performer
Xiaodong Zheng ... Performer
Chacha Song ... Performer
Xuanyi Wang ... Performer
Xueying Huang ... Performer

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Feng Li 
Bin Wang 
Yimou Zhang 

Produced by
William Kong .... producer
Sook Yhun .... producer (english version)
Weiping Zhang .... executive producer
Yimou Zhang .... producer
Zhenyan Zhang .... associate producer
Original Music by
Shigeru Umebayashi 
Cinematography by
Xiaoding Zhao 
Film Editing by
Long Cheng 
Production Design by
Tingxiao Huo 
Art Direction by
Zhong Han (supervising art director)
Bin Zhao 
Costume Design by
Emi Wada 
Makeup Department
Siu-Mui Chau .... chief hair stylist (as Chau Siu Mui)
Lee-Na Kwan .... chief makeup artist (as Lee Na Kwan)
Shui Niu .... assistant hair stylist
Yang Ruo .... assistant makeup artist
Ge Xiufang .... assistant makeup artist
Xiaohai Yang .... chief makeup artist
Diu Zhijuan .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Tianhui Ge .... unit manager
Larissa Khaliapina .... unit manager: Ukraine (as Larysa Khalyapina)
Wenhua Ma .... assistant production supervisor
Jane Maguire .... post-production supervisor
Lu Sen .... unit manager
Huang Xinmin .... assistant production supervisor (as Huang Xinming)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Xiaoyang Chang .... assistant director
Art Department
Huo Depeng .... assistant property master
Yi Ho .... property master (as Yi Hou)
Zhongquan Hu .... set dresser
Bao-Tai Li .... assistant property master (as Li Baotai)
Miao Li .... assistant art director
Shaochun Liu .... special props
Ke Mu .... assistant property master
Marco Nero .... matte painter
Guo Hong Sheng .... assistant property master
Ming Wu .... assistant art director
Xiaolong Xu .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... sound effects editor
Huijun Cao .... location sound assistant
Chris Goodes .... sound editing assistant
Alex Gordon .... adr recordist
Wei He .... sound effects editor
Vic Kaspar .... sound editor
Jo Mion .... sound editor
Damon Mouris .... sound mixer assistant
Andrew Neil .... re-recording mix assistant
Andrew Neil .... sound effects editor
Glenn Newnham .... sound editor
Zeliang Niu .... location sound assistant
Paul Pirola .... sound effects editor
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Roger Savage .... sound re-recording mixer
Roger Savage .... sound supervisor
Blair Slater .... foley recordist
Jing Tao .... sound
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
Zhigang Zhang .... first sound assistant
Gina Nuccio .... additional adr editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Lindsay Adams .... digital compositor
Charlie Armstrong .... digital compositor
Vaughn Arnup .... digital compositor
Mark Barber .... digital compositor
Jason Billington .... digital compositor
Roger Bolton .... digital compositor
David Booth .... visual effects
Kent Boswell .... visual effects production manager: Fuel
Dan Breckwoldt .... digital compositor
Andy Brown .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Buckley .... animator: Digital Pictures Iloura
Sam Cole .... compositing supervisor: Fuel
Fiona Crawford .... visual effects producer
Chris Davies .... digital compositor
Jonathan Dixon .... digital liaison
Clinton Downs .... digital artist
Bryn Farrelly .... digital compositor
Morgane Furio .... Inferno compositor
Darrin Hanley .... digital compositor
David Hansen .... CG artist
Mick Harkin .... digital compositor
Mark Harmon .... digital grading
Jason Hawkins .... video operations technician
Jamie Hediger .... digital compositor
Luke Hetherington .... cgi supervisor
Alwyn Hunt .... texture artist: Animal Logic
Michelle Hunt .... digital compositor
Bhakar James .... senior animator: Animal Logic
Krista Jordan .... senior compositor
Jong Ik Kang .... visual effects supervisor
Angie Lam .... visual effects supervisor
Stefan Litterini .... digital artist: Animal Logic
Ineke Majoor .... visual effects producer
Michael Mellor .... animator
Keith Meure .... rotoscope artist
Kirsty Millar .... visual effects supervisor: Animal Logic
Naomi Mitchell .... visual effects producer
Nick Monton .... digital compositor
Nick Monton .... digital intermediate supervisor: Digital Pictures
David Mosqueda .... digital compositor
Nick Murphy .... video operations technician
Mark Nettleton .... senior compositor
Matthew M. North .... digital compositor (as Matthew North)
Jongsu Oh .... digital artist: Animal Logic
Murray Pope .... visual effects executive producer
Glen Pratt .... digital compositor
Paul Raeburn .... digital compositor
Danielle Rubin .... visual effects production manager
Evan Shipard .... digital matte painter/compositor
Nathan Stone .... animator
Robert Sullivan .... video operations supervisor: Animal Logic
Paul Taylor .... video operations technician
Sandeep Vengsarkar .... digital compositor
Ian Watson .... visual effects artist
Peter Webb .... digital compositor
Eddy Wong .... visual effects supervisor: Mendfond
Victor Wong .... visual effects supervisor: Mendfond
Bryce Brecheisen .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Xia Bin .... stunts
Zhan Bo .... stunts
Hua Cao .... stunts
Chuanyong Cheng .... stunts
Ou Chengwei .... stunts
Shi Feng .... stunts
Zhong Feng .... stunts
Xiang Gao .... stunts (as Gao Xiang)
Fei Goa .... stunts
Li Lei .... stunts
Zhu Shaojie .... stunts
Li Wei .... stunts
Zheng Xin Xin .... stunts
Hu Yan .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Xiaoyan Bai .... still photographer
Shuiqiang Cao .... electrician
Guan Fei .... camera grip
Xu Tie Gong .... electrician
Huangpu Honghao .... generator operator
Jianmin Ji .... lighting designer
Raymond Lam .... Steadicam operator
Raymond Lam .... camera operator
Raymond Lam .... director of photography: "b" unit
Wang Liam .... camera grip
Sun Xin Shang .... electrician
Cao Tongan .... electrician
Lihong Wang .... gaffer
Li Xuebo .... electrician
Jiandong Yu .... electrician
Huilong Zhu .... camera grip
Jin-Di Zhu .... assistant camera (as Zhu Jindi)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bao-Rong Huang .... wardrobe supervisor (as Huang Baorong)
Editorial Department
Leo Bahas .... negative matcher
Siggy Ferstl .... digital intermediate colorist
Olivier Fontenay .... film and digital color grader
Al Hansen .... digital colorist
Bin Li .... assistant editor
Gu Pinghu .... dv editor
Gu Pinghu .... on-set editor
Music Department
Mark Franken .... music editor
Other crew
Xu Aidong .... production assistant
Xu Bin .... second production assistant
Amealy Go Chan .... massage therapist
Cynthia Chang .... assistant: Mr. Kaneshiro
John Charles .... software engineer: Sony DAC
Siu-Tung Ching .... action choreographer
Julian Chiu .... second production assistant
Zhao Danian .... production assistant
Kerry Dibbs .... post production assistant
Yexin Fan .... catering assistant
Ke Gao .... production assistant
Ni Guanche .... second production assistant
Li Haoxue .... catering assistant
Zhang Hui .... interpreter
Wenrui Jia .... caterer
Du Jian .... second production assistant
Zheng Jie .... dancer
Du Jin .... interpreter
Xiaowei Lang .... accountant
Cai Li .... martial arts coordinator
Qiang Li .... choreographer
Yanlong Li .... catering assistant
Mingna Liu .... accountant
Maria Lo Orzel .... creative consultant
Zheng Lu .... dancer
Stanley J. Orzel .... creative consultant
Zhang Rui .... cashier
Jianguo Wang .... second production assistant
Yabin Wang .... dancer
Wu Weifeng .... dancer
Yinqian Xiao .... production assistant
Xiaoshun Xu .... location production assistant
Hong Yan .... cashier
Li Yan .... assistant: Ms. Zhang
Yan Yan .... dancer
Alice Yeung .... production coordinator
Mao Yun .... catering assistant
Shi Zeyi .... production assistant
Jianmin Zhang .... choreographer
Shufen Zhao .... accountant
Philip Lee .... special thanks
Anita Mui .... dedicatee
Yatming Tang .... special thanks (as Tang Yat Ming)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shi mian mai fu" - China (original title)
"Attack from Ten Directions" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Lovers" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality
119 min | Australia:118 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Iceland:14 | Ireland:15A (original rating) | Ireland:15 (video rating) (cut) | Italy:T | Malaysia:U | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Singapore:PG (original rating) (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 (cut) | USA:PG-13
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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:[speaking to Mei] I thought you were hot as fire. In fact you're cool as water.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV)See more »
Beauty Song (Jia Ren Qu)See more »


What are the differences between the British BBFC 15 Version and the Uncensored Version? Is the PG-13 Version uncensored?
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46 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
A feast for the senses, a fully satisfying cinematic experience., 20 April 2005
Author: budmassey ( from Indianapolis, IN

Shi Mian Mai Fu belongs to a growing body of work that embodies a clearly Asian aesthetic packaged just as clearly for Western consumption. It is no coincidence that, each time I paused the DVD for whatever reason, the still image on the screen was as beautiful as any classic wood block print by Hiroshige or Hokusai. Xiaoding Zhao's elegant cinematography imbues every scene with haunting beauty. Think Tak Fujimoto times ten, with no disrespect meant to Fujimoto, who shoots Western movies and still manages to inject his refined visual sense into such great films as Silence of the Lambs and Sixth Sense.

Director Yimou Zhang's work in Hero was more epic, more heroic, but SMMF has a more refined sense of story. The cast, the scenery, the music, including vocal performances by the legendary Kathleen Battle; all elements conspire brilliantly to convey subtle and nuanced meaning in moments. The story, as do all good stories of this genre, revolves around a delicate interplay of love, betrayal, deception and heroism of many different kinds, and, oh yes, those stunning ballets of combat layered with evocative sounds and effects.

In a nutshell, the plot goes something like this. A beautiful blind showgirl is captured as a spy. Her captors conspire to trick her into leading them to her leader. Along the way, both hunter and quarry become entangled in a web of subterfuge and deception. Add in a beautifully tragic romantic story line, again, as all such movies must have, and never forget that the essence of all truly great tragedy is inevitability.

This movie is also known as Ambush From Ten Sides, and in that more literal translation of its title you will find its essence. A worthy successor to Hero, though not as magnificent as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, in which Ziyi Zhang gives the performance of a lifetime and the one against all her other roles will be judged, and in this case, fall short, House of Flying Daggars is nevertheless a feast for the senses and a fully satisfying cinematic experience.

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