House of Flying Daggers

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... best of them all!

on 2/8/2007

... Better than Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or Hero. All of them are good, but this one is the best in my opinion. Definitely worth owning. :) Read More

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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.


Studio Sony
SKU 40709375
UPC 043396091788
UPC 14 00043396091788
Format DVD
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
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.
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
Yimou Zhang
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Ziyi Zhang
Cast & Crew
Andy Lau - [Daggers] Actor
Andy Lau - Actor
Ang Lee - [Crouching] Director
Chang Chen - [Crouching] Actor
Chow Yun Fat - [Crouching] Actor
Dandan Song - Actor
Feng Li - Writer
Long Cheng - Editor
Michelle Yeoh - [Crouching] Actor
Takeshi Kaneshiro - [Daggers] Actor
Takeshi Kaneshiro - Actor
William Kong - Producer
Xiaoding Zhao - Cinematographer
Yimou Zhang - Director
Yimou Zhang - [Daggers] Director
Zhang Ziyi - [Crouching] Actor
Ziyi Zhang - [Daggers] Actor
Ziyi Zhang - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 09178
UPC 00043396091788
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Mandarin
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, French Dubbed, Chinese, Mandarin
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review [Crouching] The critically celebrated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an epic martial arts
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review [Crouching] A truly unique martial-art film--a spellbinder that brings a poet's eye to stunts of
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Forget about the plot, the characters, the intrigue, which are all splendid in "House of Flying Dagg
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Zhang,Ziyi
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
BBC Online [Crouching] You may never see a more beautful movie...
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America [Crouching] One of the greatest movies ever made.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Prepare your eyes for popping.
Richard Corliss, Time [Daggers] The Best Picture of the Year!

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