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House of Flying Daggers - Shi mian mai fu (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.6
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Takeshi Kaneshiro Jin
Andy Lau Leo
Ziyi Zhang Mei
Dandan Song Yee
Hongfei Zhao Performer
Jun Guo (II)
Shu Zhang Performer
Jiusheng Wang Performer
Zhengyong Zhang Performer
Yongxin Wang Performer
Jun Guo Performer
Song Dandan
Plot
No one uses color like Chinese director Zhang Yimou--movies like Raise the Red Lantern or Hero, though different in tone and subject matter, are drenched in rich, luscious shades of red, blue, yellow, and green. House of Flying Daggers is no exception; if they weren't choreographed with such vigorous imagination, the spectacular action sequences would seem little more than an excuse for vivid hues rippling across the screen. Government officers Leo and Jin (Asian superstars Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro) set out to destroy an underground rebellion called the House of Flying Daggers (named for their weapon of choice, a curved blade that swoops through the air like a boomerang). Their only chance to find the rebels is a blind women named Mei (Ziyi Zhang, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) who has some lethal kung fu moves of her own. In the guise of an aspiring rebel, Jin escorts Mei through gorgeous forests and fields that become bloody battlegrounds as soldiers try to kill them both. While arrows and spears of bamboo fly through the air, Mei, Jin, and Leo turn against each other in surprising ways, driven by passion and honor. Zhang's previous action/art film, Hero, sometimes sacrificed momentum for sheer visual beauty; House of Flying Daggers finds a more muscular balance of aesthetic splendor and dazzling swordplay. --Bret Fetzer
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Drama; Fantasy; Foreign; Romance
Director Yimou Zhang; Zhang Yimou
Producer William Kong; Weiping Zhang; Zhang Yimou; Bill Kong
Writer Feng Li; Bin Wang; Zhang Yimou; Wang Bin
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Country China
Language Mandarin
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 119 mins
Movie Release Date 1/14/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 814
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 10/24/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396091788
Release Date 4/19/2005
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
MANDARIN: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Zhang Yimou and Ziyi Zhang Audio Commentary
45-Minute Making-Of Featurette
Making-Of the Visual Effects Featurette
"Lovers" Music Video
Storyboard Comparisons
Photo Galleries
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