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House of Flying Daggers ()

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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 68 nominations.
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Cast

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Jin
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Leo
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Xiao Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)
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Hongfei Zhao ...
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Jun Guo ...
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Shu Zhang ...
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Zhengyong Zhang ...
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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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Weina Huang ...
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Dan Ge ...
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Xiadong Yang ...
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Yisha Shang ...
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Ying Liu ...
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Jingwen Huang ...
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Kejia Zhang ...
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Tianyou Luo ...
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Lin Zhu ...
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Jiwei Hu ...
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Yu Hong ...
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Bojie Hao ...
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Jiajun Zhu ...
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Ge Xu ...
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Jingxiu Chou ...
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Cuifang Guo ...
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Chengyuan Li ...
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Shuo Zhang ...
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Jidong Zhang ...
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Qiang Li ...
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Yang Fu ...
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Yang Wen ...
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Liang Chen ...
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Xiuqiang Lin ...
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Kun Wang ...
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Meng Li ...
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Ming Dong ...
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Chacha Song ...
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Xuanyi Wang ...
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Xueying Huang ...
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Directed by

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Yimou Zhang

Written by

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Feng Li ... ()
 
Bin Wang ... ()
 
Yimou Zhang ... ()

Produced by

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William Kong ... producer
Sook Yhun ... producer
Weiping Zhang ... executive producer
Yimou Zhang ... producer
Zhenyan Zhang ... associate producer

Music by

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Shigeru Umebayashi

Cinematography by

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Xiaoding Zhao

Film Editing by

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Long Cheng

Editorial Department

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Leo Bahas ... negative matcher
Siggy Ferstl ... digital intermediate colorist
Olivier Fontenay ... film and digital color grader
Pinghu Gu ... dv editor / on-set editor
Al Hansen ... digital colorist
Bin Li ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Tingxiao Huo

Art Direction by

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Zhong Han ... supervising art director
Bin Zhao

Costume Design by

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Emi Wada

Makeup Department

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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

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Tianhui Ge ... unit manager
Xinmin Huang ... assistant production supervisor (as Huang Xinming)
Larisa Khalyapina ... unit manager: Ukraine (as Larysa Khalyapina)
Sen Lu ... unit manager
Wenhua Ma ... assistant production supervisor
Jane Maguire ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Xiaoyang Chang ... assistant director

Art Department

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Rowan e Cassidy ... storyboard artist (as Rowan Cassidy)
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

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Steve Burgess ... sound effects editor
Huijun Cao ... location sound assistant
Bruce Emery ... dolby consultant
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 / sound effects editor
Glenn Newnham ... sound editor
Zeliang Niu ... location sound assistant
Paul Pirola ... sound effects editor
Roger Savage ... re-recording mixer / sound mixer / 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

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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 VFX
Dan Breckwoldt ... digital compositor
Andy Brown ... visual effects supervisor
Paul Buckley ... animator: Digital Pictures Iloura
Rowan e Cassidy ... storyboard: concept art (as Rowan Cassidy)
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 / 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
Hao Wen ... vfx compositer (as Simon Wen)
Eddy Wong ... visual effects supervisor: Mendfond
Victor Wong ... visual effects supervisor: Mendfond
Bryce Brecheisen ... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Colin Rhodes ... Iloura (uncredited)

Stunts

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Xia Bin ... stunts
Zhan Bo ... stunts
Hua Cao ... stunts
Chuanyong Cheng ... stunts
Shi Feng ... stunts
Xiang Gao ... stunts (as Gao Xiang)
Fei Goa ... stunts
Lei Li ... stunts
Cheng Wei Ou ... stunts (as Ou Chengwei)
Li Wei ... stunts
Hu Yan ... stunts
Xin Xin Zheng ... stunts
Feng Zhong ... stunts
Shaojie Zhu ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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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 / camera operator / director of photography: "b" unit
Xue Bo Li ... electrician (as Li Xuebo)
Wang Liam ... camera grip
Sun Xin Shang ... electrician
Cao Tongan ... electrician
Lihong Wang ... gaffer
Jiandong Yu ... electrician
Huilong Zhu ... camera grip
Jin-Di Zhu ... assistant camera (as Zhu Jindi)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bao-Rong Huang ... wardrobe supervisor (as Huang Baorong)

Location Management

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Xiaoshun Xu ... location production assistant

Music Department

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Mark Franken ... music editor

Other crew

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Susie Au ... trailer editor
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
Paul Hui ... assistant: Mr. Lau
Zhang Hui ... interpreter
Wenrui Jia ... caterer
Du Jian ... second production assistant
Zheng Jie ... dancer
Du Jin ... interpreter
Wai-Leung Kwok ... assistant: Mr. Lau
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
Yun Mei Man ... assistant: Mr. Lau
Stanley J. Orzel ... creative consultant
Zhang Rui ... cashier
Zeyi Shi ... production assistant
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
Aidong Xu ... production assistant
Hong Yan ... cashier
Li Yan ... assistant: Ms. Zhang
Yan Yan ... dancer
Alice Yeung ... production coordinator
Man-Ho Yeung ... assistant: Mr. Lau (as Joe Yeung)
Mao Yun ... catering assistant
Jianmin Zhang ... choreographer
Jie Zhang ... adr voice artist
Shufen Zhao ... accountant

Thanks

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Philip Lee ... special thanks
Anita Mui ... dedicatee
Yatming Tang ... special thanks (as Tang Yat Ming)

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Storyline

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Plot 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

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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Attack from Ten Directions (World-wide, English title)
  • House of Flying Daggers (United States)
  • Lovers (Japan, English title)
  • House of Flying Daggers (World-wide, English title)
  • House of Flying Daggers (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Box Office

Budget CNY100,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend China CNY55,000,000, 18 Jul 2004
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $92,863,945

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs Before Jin and Mei are trapped by the bamboo spears they are standing among hundreds of short bamboo spears pierced into the ground as a trap. When the soldiers get killed by The Flying Daggers and fall down to the ground, the short bamboo spears are all gone. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Best Films of 2004 (2005). See more »
Soundtracks Beauty Song (Jia Ren Qu) See more »
Crazy Credits In Memory of Anita Mui 1963-2003 See more »
Quotes 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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