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House of Flying Daggers Details

  • Release Date: Dec 03, 2004
  • Rated: sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Genres: Action/Adventure, Art House/Foreign, Drama, Romance
  • Director:Zhang Yimou
  • Cast:Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi.

FULL SYNOPSIS

Chinese director [[Performer~P117624~Zhang Yimou~zhangyimou]] fuses a martial arts action-drama with a tragic romance in this elegant period piece. In the year 859 A.D., as the Tang dynasty is beset by rebellion, Leo ([[Performer~P120031~Andy Lau~andylau]]) and Jin ([[Performer~P196460~Takeshi Kaneshiro~takeshikaneshiro]]) are a pair of lawmen who have been given the task of ferreting out the leaders of a revolutionary faction known as the Flying Daggers. Working on a tip that members of the group are working out of a brothel called the Peony Pavilion, Jin arrives there in disguise and is introduced to a beautiful blind dancer named Mei ([[Performer~P280898~Zhang Ziyi~zhangziyi]]). After watching Mei's performance following several drinks, Jin drunkenly attempts to have his way with her, and Leo is forced to intervene. After gaining Mei's trust in a game of skill, Leo arrests her and informs her that she'll be tortured if she doesn't tell all she knows about the Flying Daggers. Jin responds by helping Mei break out of prison, but he has an ulterior motive -- by following her, Leo and Jin are certain she'll lead them to the Flying Daggers. However, as he helps the blind girl find her way back home, Jin finds himself falling in love with Mei, and isn't certain if he's willing to betray her again. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 3, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Huo Tingxiao Best Production Design (Runner-up) 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Huo Tingxiao Best Production Design 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Kwan Lee-Na Best Makeup and Hair 2004 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematography [Runner-up] 2004 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematography 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematography 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematography 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Zhao Xiaoding Best Cinematography 2004 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Zhang Yimou Best Foreign Language Film 2004 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Zhang Yimou Best Director 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Zhang Yimou Best Director 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Zhang Ziyi Best Actress 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Cheng Long Best Editing 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Emi Wada Best Costume Design 2004 Nominee

Crew

Zhang Yimou
Director
Bill Kong
Producer
Zhang Yimou
Producer
Zhang Yimou
Screen Story
Wang Bin
Screen Story
Li Feng
Screen Story
Zhao Xiaoding
Cinematographer
Shigeru Umebayashi
Composer (Music Score)
Cheng Long
Editor
Han Zhong
Art Director
Zhang Zhenyan
Associate Producer
Zhang Weiping
Executive Producer
Huo Tingxiao
Set Designer
Emi Wada
Costume Designer
Kathleen Battle
Singer
Li Cai
Martial Arts Instructor/Coordinator
Tony Ching
Action Director
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