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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 overview, first billed only:
... Jin
... Leo
... Xiao Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)
... Yee
Hongfei Zhao ... Performer
Jun Guo ... Performer
Shu Zhang ... Performer
... Performer
Zhengyong Zhang ... Performer
Yongxin Wang ... Performer
Dong Liu ... Performer
Qi Zi ... Performer
Xuedong Qu ... Performer
Liping Tian ... Performer
Hongwei Zhao ... Performer
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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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Rated PG-13 for sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CNY 55,000,000 (China), 18 July 2004

Opening Weekend USA:

$397,472, 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,050,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,863,945
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Trivia

The film features the theme of a beautiful woman who brings woe to two men. Theme was borrowed from a famous poem written by the Han Dynasty poet Li Yannian . (Eng trans.) "In the north there is a beauty; unique and independent. A glance from her will overthrow a city; another glance will overthrow a nation. One would rather not know whether it will be a city or a nation that will be overthrown. As it would be difficult to behold such a beauty again". See more »

Goofs

At one point during a scene between Jin and Mei, we seen Jins face on the left of the screen with a tree in the background on the right and his hair completely straight. The shot then cuts to Mei and then back to Jin where we see him with a tree on his left and his hair being blown by wind. 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 »


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Music and lyrics by Shigeru Umebayashi
Performed by Kathleen Battle
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The Colors of wind are the thoughts of the heart
6 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

From Yimou Zhang, the director of Jet Li's Hero and Raise the Red Lantern, comes a spectacular tale about honor, and love.

House of Flying Daggers is the gripping, touching, and visually spectacular tale of two people, caught in a Romeo and Juliet story, and the nation at war they must fight together.

It is near the end of the Tang Dynasty era, and The Captain Jin (Kaneshiro) and Leo (Lau) tangle with Mei (Zhang), a dancer suspected of having ties to a revolutionary faction known as the House of Flying Daggers. Enraptured by her, the deputies concoct a plan to save her from capture, and Jin leads her north in what becomes a perilous journey into the unknown.

The dialogue, beautifully bright costumes, and landscapes will take you on a wonderful journey. A journey of dance, music, and beautiful words.


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