House of Flying Daggers

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2005

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Director:
Yimou Zhang
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13

House of Flying Daggers is a action-drama period piece brought to you by director Zhang Yimou. The movie is set in China, during an era when the Tang dynasty reigns. The dynasty has enough reason to believe an anarchist group called the Flying Daggers are planning a rebellion against the government. Two law marshals, Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) are commissioned to track down the whereabouts of the Flying Daggers, in an effort to stop the revolution before it can happen. It is believed the group works out of the Peony Pavilion, a local brothel. The gentleman visit the brothel house, where Jin unexpectedly falls for a beautiful blind dancer named Mei (Zhang Ziyi). Meanwhile, Leo lies to Mei, gains her trust, and then suddenly turns on her and threatens to kill her if she does not tell him where the Flying Daggers are hiding. Jin, in a confused state, helps Mei escape Leo's hold, but with the intention of following her to the location of the Flying Daggers. This is a suspenseful story of romance you don't want to miss!

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    House of Flying Daggers finds the great Chinese director at his most romantic in this thrilling martial arts epic that involves a conflict between love and duty carried out to its ...

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    A gorgeous entertainment, a feast of blood, passion and silk brocade. But though the picture is full of swirling, ecstatic motion, it is not especially moving.

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    The tangled tale of love and disguise is awesome in its action sequences but doesn't touch the heart to the same degree.

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    Love & Romance, Foreign Language, Historical