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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pathe Distribution Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000936GP6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,466 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

- Limited Edition slipcase

- 7 artcard images in a fold out booklet (double sided artcards)

- 2 disc collectors edition inside


No one uses colour 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 honour. 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 splendour and dazzling swordplay. --Bret Fetzer,

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
The film was shot amazingly: I must first say that I was so impressed by the colour set up; the trees in the woods, the bamboo, the fields - it almost had a sense of England in the autumn. The storyline was brilliant, although a little confusing and full of twists - it all fell in place with a perfectly suited ending. The dancing in the beginning was choreographed to the effect of historical China so well that whilst watching the film you almost feel you are there with them due to the sound as well. The idea of making the film gives you a great insight into historical China during the late 1800's early 1900's - because the storyline of the film is of many examples of what truly happened in China in those days. Many rivalries between gangs and families went on. The martial arts - as well - choreographed in the film were not surreal - it was actually possible. Walking up trees, flying in the air from tree to tree and so on were examples of how China were so amazing at fighting and being one with the elements enabling them to achieve such impossible tasks.
What can I say, I was stunned and have a deep love of historical China and their martial arts. Watch crouching tiger, hidden dragon - then this film and you will not just enjoy it but possibly find yourself as well.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 2005
Format: DVD
I watched this film after being amazed by the brilliant Hero. From what I heard I was expecting the same attention to detail, brilliant soundtrack and astounding choreography seen in Hero. I was not disappointed. The story could have easily been followed without the subtitles however the film was so masterfully shot that it kept me captivated to the last scene.
The plot follows a captain in the army who is sent in undercover to discover the whereabouts of a rebel group called the house of flying daggers, who rob from the rich to give to the poor. His job is to befriend a suspected member of the house of flying daggers and she will hopefully lead him to their base. The girl is question is a blind girl, who performs at the local entertainment house (played by Ziyi Zhang) The captain at first is true to his mission and wins the girls affection but as the story develops and situations change. He realises his true feeling for the girl, and her for him but an old lover reveals himself and complicates matters, when the girl decides on who she wants to be with, all allegiances break down and there is one final battle in the name of love.
This is truly one of the most beautiful films I have ever had the pleasure to watch, the photography of the scenes, the light, the colour were perfect, a warm glow of pleasure spread through me as I watched some of the scenes. They were also helped by an exceptionally well-chosen and balanced soundtrack, with one song in particular staying through the film most of the way. The visual affect were fantastic and if you didn't know better you may feel like throwing a few knives around at home to see if the might move around objects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
Here's one word that sums up this film: Beauty. The plot of "House of Flying Daggers" (original title: "Shi mian mai fu") is lacking, but in a way it's made up for with the intoxicating sets, costumes, and exquisite love story. Zhang Yimou backs away from the grandeur of "Hero" in favor of a more intimate story.

It's 859 A.D., near the end of the corrupt Tang Dynasty. A guerilla rebellion called House of the Flying Daggers (who are able to throw knives at great distances) has sprung up against the government. Despite the loss of their leader, the rebels are thriving. Deputy Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) decides to go undercover to infiltrate the House, and he tries to get the trust of blind courtesan Mei (Zhang Ziyi), daughter of the House's dead leader.

But soon he begins to fall in love with Mei, jeopardizing his loyalties, while Mei herself is experiencing confusion. But government officials want Mei dead because of her sympathies -- and even worse, they don't realize that Jin is undercover. To make things worse, Jin is not the only rival for Mei's love -- his best friend is as well.

Director Zhang Yimou apparently said that "Hero" was the warm-up to "House of Flying Daggers." It does seem more polished and fully realized, without the "Rashomon" storytelling. Instead of a war movie, it's a mixture of fairy-tale romance and beauty, and spies and guerilla warfare. The final half-hour is the stumbling block, where some plot threads come unravelled. Things get pretty confusing.

Zhang doesn't drop the ball as far as stylism goes -- color and exquisite details are in every frame. They have an almost intoxicating effect, and so do the action sequences.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE on 1 May 2005
Format: DVD
The only similarity between this movie and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", is the breathtaking choreography of the aerial combat amongst the bamboo trees. Indeed, the best sequences in "House of Flying Daggers" begin with some quietly and gracefully pirouetting bamboo leaves, falling dramatically towards the lush green forest floor.
Totally different from "Hero" plot wise, the vivid use of color, light and fabric ties the two together, bringing Chinese action movies to an artistic level never before seen on a big or small screen.
Ziyi Zhang as Mei, the blind bombshell, illuminates every frame she's in, proving her capability to carry a major movie on her slim shoulders. Her supporting male leads Takeshi Kaneshiro (Jin) and Andy Lau (Leo) have to work double time just to keep up.
Jin and Leo are Government officers, who are trying to track down the elusive underground rebel group of the title. They suspect that Mei, a blind call girl, can lead them to the rebels' hideout, and decide to use the age old plan of deception and seduction. Handsome ladies man Jin gets the plum assignment of gaining Mei's confidence, and from here, the movie turns unexpectedly into a tempestuous love story, the plot twisting this way and that under the power of love.
There are certainly less fight scenes than "Hero", the love scenes are awkward to say the least, and the movie slows considerably in places, but the combination of Ziyi Zhang, the scenic shots and the sword, bamboo and knife play make it an extremely worthwhile way to spend 119 minutes.
Amanda Richards
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