House of Flying Daggers

January 14th, 2005


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House of Flying DaggersStill of Takeshi Kaneshiro and Ziyi Zhang in House of Flying Daggerscp: 2004 Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.Still of Ziyi Zhang in House of Flying DaggersStill of Ziyi Zhang in House of Flying DaggersTakeshi Kaneshiro, Yimou Zhang and Ziyi Zhang in House of Flying Daggers

A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.6/10 (52,437 voted)

Critic's Score: 89/100

Director: Yimou Zhang

Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau

During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. A police officer called Leo sends officer Jin to investigate a young dancer named Mei, claiming that she has ties to the "Flying Daggers". Leo arrests Mei, only to have Jin breaking her free in a plot to gain her trust and lead the police to the new leader of the secret organization. But things are far more complicated than they seem...

Writers: Bin Wang, Yimou Zhang

Takeshi Kaneshiro - Jin
Andy Lau - Leo
Ziyi Zhang - Xiao Mei (as Zhang Ziyi)
Dandan Song - Yee
Hongfei Zhao - Performer
Jun Guo - Performer
Shu Zhang - Performer
Jiusheng Wang - Performer
Zhengyong Zhang - Performer
Yongxin Wang - Performer
Dong Liu - Performer
Qi Zi - Performer
Xuedong Qu - Performer
Liping Tian - Performer
Hongwei Zhao - Performer


Official Website: Bim Distribuzione [Italy] | Edko Filims Limited [Hong Kong] (Chinese, Englsh) |

Release Date: 14 January 2005

Filming Locations: Beijing, China

Box Office Details

Budget: CNY 100,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: CNY 55,000,000 (China) (18 July 2004)

Gross: $11,041,228 (USA) (3 April 2005)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Australia:

Did You Know?

Ziyi Zhang is not actually a trained martial artist, despite having been in many martial arts films. She is however a skilled dancer (joined the Beijing Dance Academy at age 11), like her character here, so she uses many dance moves in her fight sequences.

Anachronisms: The music that the live musicians play during the drum duel scene, although beautiful, is not characteristic of classical Chinese music of that era.

Jin: Just call me Wind.
Mei: Wind?
Jin: I wander around all alone, come and go without a trace.
Mei: Like a carefree wind?
Jin: No, a playful wind.

User Review

Without a doubt, Hollywood is going down...

Rating: 10/10

I have never, ever seen a film that the West has ever created that can top Chinese cinema in this form, with the exception possibly being Lord of the Rings. I truly applaud Oriental taste. I can't count the number of times I have completely forgotten that I've actually got my own physical form while watching films like House of Flying Daggers, but I can count how many times that's happened during Western films: zero.

For those of you who have no taste I beg you: but aside your views on gravity-defying fight scenes and subtitles. Just remember that this is something called FANTASY. It isn't real, no matter how much you wish it to be. It's called cinema: you can do whatever the hell you like in film. I don't complain when you've got aliens that spurt out your chest. I don't complain when the dead rise from their graves. I don't complain about the lack of reason behind the ideas that aliens would have less intelligence than humans or that the living dead would harbour grudges against the really living. I complain when it just looks simply uninspiring and frankly visually boring.

So, Zhang Yimou, please bring on more heroes and flying daggers