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House of Flying Daggers (2004) More at IMDbPro »Shi mian mai fu (original title)

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House of Flying Daggers -- An exotic, blind dancer finds herself torn between the loyalties of love and honor as she fights acrobatic warriors in the treetops in battles the likes of which have never before been seen.
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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  (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
Xinmin Huang .... assistant production supervisor (as Huang Xinming)
Larisa Khalyapina .... unit manager: Ukraine (as Larysa Khalyapina)
Wenhua Ma .... assistant production supervisor
Jane Maguire .... post-production supervisor
Lu Sen .... unit manager
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
Shi Feng .... stunts
Zhong Feng .... stunts
Xiang Gao .... stunts (as Gao Xiang)
Fei Goa .... stunts
Li Lei .... stunts
Cheng Wei Ou .... stunts (as Ou Chengwei)
Li Wei .... stunts
Hu Yan .... stunts
Xin Xin Zheng .... stunts
Shaojie Zhu .... 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
Pinghu Gu .... dv editor
Pinghu Gu .... on-set editor
Al Hansen .... digital colorist
Bin Li .... assistant 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
Li Chen .... adr voice artist
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
Dachuan Sun .... adr voice artist
Jianguo Wang .... second production assistant
Yabin Wang .... dancer
Yanping Wang .... adr voice artist
Weifeng Wu .... 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
Jie Zhang .... adr voice artist
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) | Chile:14 | 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?

Body counts: numerous. Dead trees: incalculable.See more »
Continuity: An obvious camera reversal during the ending scene whith Mai and Jin. When Jin is seen, the snow is flying from left to right, the camera changes to Mai and back to Jin and the snow is flying from right to left then again from left to right.See more »
Mei:If you kill him, I'll kill you with this dagger.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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118 out of 155 people found the following review useful.
Following on from HERO with another visually arresting feature..., 20 November 2004
Author: Tony Ryan (tpr007) from United Kingdom

After absolutely loving 'Hero', I couldn't wait for Zhang Yimou's latest Wuxia Pien feature to arrive on DVD. After watching it, I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed, as it is another sumptuous, stylistic feature, which deserves all the accolades it is likely to receive.

The plot of the film is told in a more linear narrative when compared to that of 'Hero', but that is not to say it is any more straightforward. Set in the Tang Dynasty, the basic premise is nothing to write home about, featuring government officials on the trail of an underground rebel alliance 'The House of Flying Daggers'. However, there is enough characterisation and depth to hold your attention, while the (sometimes predictable) plot twists keep you guessing. Unfortunately, there is nothing entirely new about this story and it's probably familiar ground to fans of the wuxia genre. Nevertheless, it flows at a decent pace and is punctuated with enough stylistic action sequences that the 2-hour running time is quickly exhausted.

As with Yimou's impressive previous feature, Tony Ching Siu-tung takes over the action direction, producing another sterling performance. In my opinion, he is currently the top fight choreographer around after spending so many years being considered second fiddle to the likes of Yuen Wo-ping and Sammo Hung; he now deserves to be considered above them on his current output. In this instance, much of the overt stylisation evident in Hero is played down in favour of more grounded, natural martial artistry. There is still plenty of wire work and a spattering of CGI to aid the sequences, however, it is plain to see that much of the action displayed is a mix of genuine swordplay and actual technique. All the performers acquit themselves well considering none of them are formally trained in martial arts – especially Zhang Ziyi who performs impressively from start to finish.

As you would expect from a Zhang Yimou film, the visuals are majestic, with primary colours and panoramic landscapes making up much of what we see. Unfortunately, many people do not seem to take to this artistic approach, and will label the film another case of style over substance. I would disagree, as I believe it contains plenty of both with a strong cast, interesting characters and high quality action to provide the foundation for the kind of bold, sumptuous visuals, which are rare to find in modern film.

Overall, I personally prefer 'Hero' but know of plenty who would disagree. As a result, I recommend it as a definite purchase to any fan of films from this genre.

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