During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with ... See full summary »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Interiors, including the 'Peony Pavilion' brothel and the abandoned Buddhist temple in the bamboo forest, lensed in Beijing Film Studio (where films Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kill Bill were previously filmed). See more »
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 »
[referring to Jin]
I sacrificed three years for you. How could you love him after only three days?
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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 »
The US version has blood reduced or digitally painted out of some of the fight scenes in order to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »
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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