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House Of Flying Daggers (1 Disc)

Released on 15 August 2005

Featuring: Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro & Andy Lau

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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It is 859AD; the Tang Dynasty, at its height one of the most enlightened empires in Chinese history, is in decline. The Emperor is incompetent and the government is corrupt. Unrest is spreading throughout the land, and many rebel armies are forming in protest. The largest, and most prestigious, is an underground alliance called the House of Flying Daggers.

The House of Flying Daggers operates mysteriously, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Thus, they have earned the support and admiration of the people and expanded quickly. Based in Feng Tian County, close to the Imperial Capital, the House of Flying Daggers has long been a thorn in the side of the local deputies, their bitter enemies. Under the leadership of a mysterious new leader, the House of Flying Daggers grows ever more powerful. Feng Tian County's two local captains, Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) are ordered to capture the new leader within ten days.

Captain Leo has heard that one of the new dancers at the Peony Pavilion, a local brothel, is a member of the House of Flying Daggers. So, he sends Captain Jin to the Pavilion undercover, to search her out. Arresting the blind dancer Mei (Zhang Ziyi), Leo formulates a plan to lead them to the rebels: Jin will pretend to be a lone warrior called 'Wind' and rescue Mei from prison, earning her trust and escorting her to the secret headquarters. However, when caught in an ambush by government troops, Jin realises that he is now caught between his loyalty to his comrades and defending his and Mei's lives...

'House Of Flying Daggers' tells of a passionate emotional journey, in which three people suffer for love; it tears them apart, yet they are willing to sacrifice everything for it. Zhang Yimou, fresh from helming the worldwide smash 'Hero', reunites with athletic leading actress Zhang Ziyi (who made her debut in Zhang Yimou's 'The Road Home') for the central role of Mei, caught between captains Leo and Jin.

"I don't want to make an ordinary martial arts (Wuxia) film" explains the director. "I want to talk about passion, interesting characters, my own style of Wuxia film but it is also an evocative and romantic love story."

official selection at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an incredible 9 BAFTA awards, 'House Of Flying Daggers' bears Zhang Yimou's trademark exquisite visual beauty and incisive storytelling.
  • Audio commentary from director Zhang Yimou

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 Absolutely Breathtaking

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This is a whole incredible mixture of genres- Fantasy, romance, action all combined into an excellent film. Set in the emperor days of China (during the Tang Dynasty), the hunt to silence the largest rebels known as 'The House Of Flying Daggers' leads a deputy to arrest a member in the hope that she will lead them to their leader. The scenery, cinematography and fight special effects are wonderful, with a story twisting all the time with a beautiful oriental music as a backdrop. A superb film that deserves its accolades.

 Stunning piece of cinema

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What can I say, as other reviewers have said, this is better than Crouching Tiger, mainly as I feel as the story is stronger and also It has alot better set pieces (Bamboo Forest, Snow Fight, Field fight.)

Overall the film is absolutly fantastic, I remember it being advertised early morning on CH4 and was totally blown away, never went to cinema to see it but as soon as it was released on DVD, the 2DVD version was bought for me as a Birthday gift and is now one of my all time favourite films.

Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhang Ziyi give exquisite performances, which is a must in a film that is mainly focused on these 3 characters.

Zhang Yimou offers a story full of romance, heartache and passion for the ladies, whilst still serving more than enough action to keep the men happy.

5/5 a film not to be missed, this also opened my eyes to Takeshi Kaneshiro and I can't wait to see him in his upcoming film Warlords alongside Jet Li and his Daggers co-star Andy Lau.

 Brilliant cinematography

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I loved this film. Brilliant cinematography. It's stunning, Explosive and Spectacular. A brilliant martial art film and the visual effects are really good. Oh and the storyline is very good as well. A very good film.

 visually overwhelming, beautiful story

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the visuals in this movie really are of breathtaking beauty with no comparison to any other movie. even if you don't like martial arts, or asian movies as a whole, this surely will give you another opinion because beside all this there's also a beautiful lovestory in it. nothing pathetic, nothing waw but simply beautiful.
this is a movie with the heart of cinema on the right place: intriguing, moving, interesting and (again) beautiful to watch.
make sure you see crouching tiger, hidden dragon also.

 visually overwhelming, beautiful story

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the visuals in this movie really are of breathtaking beauty with no comparison to any other movie. even if you don't like martial arts, or asian movies as a whole, this surely will give you another opinion because beside all this there's also a beautiful lovestory in it. nothing pathetic, nothing waw but simply beautiful.
this is a movie with the heart of cinema on the right place: intriguing, moving, interesting and (again) beautiful to watch.
make sure you see crouching tiger, hidden dragon also.

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ActorsZhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau & Dandan Song
DirectorZhang Yimou
Certificate15 years and over
Year2004
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesMandarin - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 55 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.