DVD 119 mins IMDB 7.7 (16,728 votes)
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
House of Flying Daggers
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (1/14/2005)
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Takeshi Kaneshiro Jin
Andy Lau Leo
Ziyi Zhang Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)
Song Dandan
Zhang Ziyi
Dandan Song Yee
Shu Zhang Performer
Qi Zi Performer
Yang Guang Performer

Director Yimou Zhang; Zhang Yimou
Producer Bill Kong; Zhang Yimou; William Kong; Yimou Zhang
Writer Wang Bin; Li Feng; Feng Li; Bin Wang; Yimou Zhang; Zhang Yimou
Cinematography Xiaoding Zhao
Musician Shigeru Umebayashi
User Credit 1 Long Cheng
User Credit 2 Emi Wada

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

Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Barcode 043396091788
Region Region 1
Release Date 4/19/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
MANDARIN: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Widescreen Dolby
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User Text 1 Sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality.
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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. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: 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. (more)

Leo: [reaches for dagger in back]
Yee: Do not pull this dagger out. I'm sending you back to keep spying for us. You will be more convincing with a dagger in your back.

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 33 nominations (more)