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Director: Yimou Zhang     Starring: Takeshi Kaneshiro Ziyi Zhang
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40709375
UPC: 043396091788
UPC 14: 00043396091788
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Mel is an exotic, beautiful blind dancer, associated with a dangerous revolutionary gang, known as the house of flying daggers. Captured by officers of the decadent tang dynasty, mel finds herself both threatened - and attracted - to the most unusual circumstances.

"[Crouching] You may never see a more beautful movie...  BBC Online
"[Crouching] One of the greatest movies ever made.  Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
"Prepare your eyes for popping.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"[Daggers] The Best Picture of the Year!  Richard Corliss, Time

Editor's Note
Following up his award-winning martial-arts drama HERO, director Zhang Yimou (JU DOU, RAISE THE RED LANTERN) tells an intricately detailed love story in the swordfighting epic HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, set during the final days of the Tang Dynasty. A mysterious group called the Flying Daggers is a dangerous threat to the government, so police captain Leo (Andy Lau) sends his right-hand man, Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro), undercover to try to find the rebels' location. Jin, a notorious playboy, pretends he is a roving warrior called "Wind" and befriends Mei (Ziyi Zhang), a blind dancer who is believed to be the daughter of the former leader of the Daggers. As he leads her across the countryside, they are "attacked" by government soldiers--but these battles are staged by Leo in order to convince Mei that Jin is on her side. But when a general orders that Mei must be captured at any cost, the fighting turns real, and Jin must decide between his loyalty to his job and his growing love for Mei. Meanwhile, Mei battles her feelings for Jin as well, trying to hide her true self. Zhang's gorgeous, compelling film is filled with beautiful singing and dancing, marvelous costumes, and wonderful locations; the scene in the Bamboo Forest is unforgettable, as is the Echo Game, which Leo and Mei play in the Peony Pavilion. There are also twists throughout the film and by the time the end comes, audiences will be spinning their heads in awe and amazement at the neverending wonders of this special movie. The film is dedicated to Anita Mui, who was to have a starring role before her unexpected death.
Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/25/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 119 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 09178
Video UPC UPC: 00043396091788
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Mandarin
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English Dubbed, French Dubbed, Chinese, Mandarin
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The House of Flying Daggers - DVD Review
By: Jeremiah Kipp filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 7/3/2009 10:48 PM
A poet of the small gesture, Zhang Yimou moves on from his slice-of-life dramas Not One Less and Happy Times to the more broad, operatic strokes of Hero and The House of Flying Daggers. The resulting House is an astonishing work of cinematic beauty; filled with strong primary colors and evocative storybook forests of green bamboo or autumn leaves. The sound design is remarkable, staging a series of ritualistic combat scenes between policemen and assassins that are stunning in their brevity — focusing the attention on the swish of cloth, the murmur of breath, or the rush of a cool breeze....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Andy Lau
Video Cast Info Andy Lau
Video Cast Info Chang Chen
Video Cast Info Chow Yun Fat
Video Cast Info Dandan Song
Video Cast Info Michelle Yeoh
Video Cast Info Takeshi Kaneshiro
Video Cast Info Takeshi Kaneshiro
Video Cast Info Zhang Ziyi
Video Cast Info Ziyi Zhang
Video Cast Info Ziyi Zhang
Video Cast Info Ang Lee - [Crouching] Director
Video Cast Info Feng Li - Writer
Video Cast Info Long Cheng - Editor
Video Cast Info William Kong - Producer
Video Cast Info Xiaoding Zhao - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Yimou Zhang - Director
Video Cast Info Yimou Zhang - [Daggers] Director

Professional Reviews

Premiere
"The action sequences are often joltingly spectacular..." 12/01/2004 p.24-6

New York Times
"[A] gorgeous entertainment, a feast of blood, passion and silk brocade." 12/03/2004 p.E21

Los Angeles Times
"Zhang reveals bold finesse at pulling off an emotion-charged epic of style and sophistication that is exciting and at times humorous." 12/03/2004 p.E8

USA Today
"[A}n orgy of spellbinding visuals: dazzling acrobatics, mesmerizing martial arts, sumptuous settings and resplendent costumes. With its high drama and historical setting, it is more like an opera than a movie." 12/03/2004 p.1E

Rolling Stone
"[With] a lyrical love story, head-spinning fights and dazzling surprises....Prepare your eyes for popping." 12/09/2004 p.190

Uncut
"Zhang Yimou returns with another beautifully wrought incursion into classical Chinese folklore." 01/01/2005 p.158

Entertainment Weekly
"[A]n outrageously gorgeous spectacle of balletic aggression....[With] a romantic passion that's woven into the very fabric of the action." p.64

Sight and Sound
"HOUSE is lushly emotional, intimate and intricately tricked out....Zhang has always deployed colour and design with immense skill..." 01/01/2005 51-2

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"[T]he ravishing visual compositions add a magical note to this tragic tale." 12/01/2004 p.103

Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he real delight here is the inspired fights, the lyrical love story and the twisty-turny narrative." 12/01/2008 p.200

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 10 of 10
[Crouching] The critically celebrated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an epic martial arts - James Berardinelli

Rolling Stone 9 of 10
[Crouching] A truly unique martial-art film--a spellbinder that brings a poet's eye to stunts of - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
Forget about the plot, the characters, the intrigue, which are all splendid in "House of Flying Dagg - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Zhang,Ziyi
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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