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House Of Flying Daggers [Blu-ray] [2004]

Takeshi Kaneshiro , Andy Lau , Dandan Song    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Ziyi Zhang
  • Directors: Dandan Song
  • Producers: Shigeru Umebayashi, William Kong
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E8V6G4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,491 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

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, Amazon.com

Product Description

Martial arts action-drama from Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) have been given the task of ferreting out the leaders of a revolutionary faction known as the Flying Daggers. Jin arrives in disguise at a brothel, where the members are allegedly working and is introduced to a beautiful blind dancer named Mei (Zhang Ziyi). But when Jin drunkenly attempts to have his way with her, Leo is forced to intervene and, after gaining her trust, arrests her and informs her that she'll be tortured if she doesn't tell all she knows about the Flying Daggers.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply, a gorgeous film 27 July 2005
By A Customer
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully shot, if lacking a little plot 29 July 2005
By M. Gardner VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a beautifully crafted film. The cinematography and the theatrical orchestration is wonderful. The scenery is never less than outstanding and the fights scenes move like ballet with swords. The plot, however, is somewhat lacking, with some large questions left unanswered at the end of the film. However, the romantic love triangle does provide a certain other dimension to the film even if it is not explored as well as it could be. That aside, this is a visual masterpiece, and if you just let yourself be taken away by the lovingly crafted visuals and serene music you'll find here an enjoyable couple of hours.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the falling bamboo leaves 1 May 2005
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted
must be one of the best films ever, I would also recommend Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I also just listen to the sound-track frequently: I don't always feel up to watching the... Read more
Published 15 days ago by haikusinenomine
4.0 out of 5 stars Very poor picture on blu ray spoils great film
Wonderful cinematography hence 4 stars,pretty good story hence 4 stars,but BEWARE,picture quality is appalling ,this really is a poor transfer,and is only marginally superior to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by andy.b.
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it!
Possibly the worst ever blu ray transfer I have seen by far!!!! It looks almost like VHS...
Please do not buy!!!!
Published 1 month ago by MICHALIS P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful film.
This film was a real treat. The cinematography is just stunning. The special effects
are amazing. The choreography and costumes are to die for. Read more
Published 4 months ago by roselizabethmagee
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
to start with brilliant price!
I have been looking for a reasonably priced copy of this to replace mine that was stolen :( and boy did I find one! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dawn Currie
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Flying Dragons.
A must have film for anyone who likes Chinese Martial arts films. Beautiful filming and loads of action.must have movie..
Published 6 months ago by lesley mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
What is there not to love about this movie! It as all the qualities that you would expect from a film of this genre; If you collect Martial arts movies this is a must for your... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lion
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the scenery & costumes
One of must haves in your DVD library as it is great movie when you need to relax and enjoy rather sad story but with great views and pretty costumes.
Published 6 months ago by N. Clancey
1.0 out of 5 stars Language Options
I'm really confused with this Blu-ray!

Why is it that the American version contains an English soundtrack, whereas the English version doesn't?
Published 9 months ago by Don A. Axon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film.
Acting is intense, fluid, emotional and all in such a spechial language! but the one of the best things for me was the scenery mixed with the amazing music awsome film. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ben Russ
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