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House Of Flying Daggers [2004] [DVD]

Takeshi Kaneshiro , Andy Lau , Yimou Zhang    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Ziyi Zhang, Dandan Song
  • Directors: Yimou Zhang
  • Producers: Yimou Zhang, William Kong
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYARCM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,514 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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Ziyi Zhang House Of Flying Daggers


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5 of 5 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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17 of 18 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flying beauty 25 Feb 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than its name would suggest 11 July 2005
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I'll admit that when I first saw the name of this film I had to stifle a laugh - it's the kind of name that you'd give to obscure b-movies (thank God Zhang Yimou didn't go with "Flying Daggers Of Death" in the end!) - but on the basis of a few good reviews I watched it. I'm very glad I did.
I never really liked all the stylised wushu stuff from "Crouching Tiger..." but I felt that this film really showed what the genre could do without descending into the ridiculous or dull like some of its contemporaries. The plot moves along fairly rapidly without getting too complicated or over-wrought. Granted after the first hour the twists come a little too fast so that it takes a few moments to figure out what's going on, but it just makes you want to watch it again to pick up on stuff you missed before you knew the twists. The action scenes are, as with "Hero", excellent and have a much more intimate feel than you'd expect - the battle in the field is particularly intense and exciting.
It's hard not to see "Flying Daggers" and "Hero" as two films that are inextricably linked - filmed back to back by the same director and crew, sharing actors and the same inventive and colourful style - but out of the two, "Flying Daggers" is superior. The acting is superb, and unlike "Hero" you feel real emotional attachment to the characters, especially the blind dancer Mei (played by Zhang Ziyi) who is simultaneously a strong heroine and a vulnerable figure.
Overall, if you liked either "Hero" or "Crouching Tiger..." you'll love this film - although I didn't like the latter at all and still found this film to be one of the most enjoyable I've seen in a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Chinese cinema .
Fairytale like Fantasy with some lovely martial art and flying scenes.
Published 8 days ago by pietbergy
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful imagery!
Beautiful colours and imagery in this film, but so sad too! Really pulls at the heart strings.
Published 18 days ago by Miss F P Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 21 days ago by carol medland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very enjoyable
Published 1 month ago by Paul O Herlihy
5.0 out of 5 stars the destruction wrought by jealousy and totalitarianism
the destruction wrought by jealousy and totalitarianism
Brave New World book and 1984 book are about totalitarianism
Visually stunning film
All great, very clever
Published 1 month ago by R.Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful martial arts adventure, will go down as a classic, has aged well and is a great film
Published 2 months ago by Mr. craiders
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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 6 months ago by roselizabethmagee
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