Shi mian mai fu   2004   China House of Flying Daggers
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Director:Yimou Zhang
Studio:Sony Pictures
Writer:Feng Li, Bin Wang
IMDb Rating:7.5 (66,723 votes)
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 16 wins & 33 nominations
Genre:Action, Drama
Duration:119 min
Languages:Mandarin, English
Yimou Zhang  ...  (Director)
Feng Li, Bin Wang  ...  (Writer)
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
Shigeru Umebayashi  ...  Composer
Xiaoding Zhao  ...  Cinematographer
Long Cheng  ...  Editor
Comments: DUAL AUDIO

Summary: 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

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