House of Flying Daggers
(Shi mian mai fu)
by Zhang Yimou
Director: Zhang Yimou
Script: Li Feng, Zhang Yimou, Wang Bin
Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding
Editing: Chen Long
Sound: Tao Jing
Music: D. Umebayashi
Art Director: Huo Tingxiao
Choreographer: T. Ching Siu-tung
Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, A. Lau Tak Wah, Zhang Ziyi, Song Dandan
Production: Edko Films, Zhang Yimou Studio en collaboration avec Beijing New Picture Film Co.
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35 mm, Colour, 119 min,
OV Mandarin with French Subtitles
Cannes Film Festival 2004 - Out of Competition
In 859, China is devastated by internal conflicts. The Tang dynasty is not prosperous any more and the corrupted government is getting exhausted in fighting against groups of rebels in ever greater numbers. The most powerful and prestigious revolutionary army is the House of Flying Daggers. Leo and Jin are the two captains sent to capture the mysterious chief of this dreadful army. They have a plan : Jin will pretend he is a lonely fighter named Wind and he will save Mei, the beautiful blind revolutionary girl, and take her out of jail. After wining her esteem, he will accompany her to the headquarters of the House of Flying Daggers. This plan works perfectly well, but during their long journey, Jin and Mei fall in love. Danger threatens at every step. Yet, if their love is really true, why are they keeping so many secrets?
The House of Flying Daggers is a superb love story in an action film. New Chinese cinema star Zhang Zihi performs amazing dance sequences, she already had lead roles in Zhang Yimou’s film Hero and Wong Kar-wai’s film 2046.