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
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
(as Zhang Ziyi)
Release Date: 14 January 2005
Filming Locations: Beijing, China
Box Office Details
Budget: CNY 100,000,000
Opening Weekend: CNY 55,000,000
(18 July 2004)
(3 April 2005)
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.
The music that the live musicians play during the drum duel scene, although beautiful, is not characteristic of classical Chinese music of that era.
Just call me Wind.
I wander around all alone, come and go without a trace.
Like a carefree wind?
No, a playful wind.
Without a doubt, Hollywood is going down…
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