House of Flying Daggers (Movie review)
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
House of Flying Daggers is a martial-arts action/romance film.
Cast and crew
- Zhang Ziyi – Mei (小妹)
- Takeshi Kaneshiro – Captain Jin (金捕頭)
- Andy Lau – Captain Leo (劉捕頭)
- Dandan Song – Yee
Anita Mui was originally cast for a major role in the film. She died before any of her scenes was filmed.
Directed by Zhang Yimou.
The movie is set in China in 859 AD, during the Tang Dynasty. The local county army outpost is assigned to assassinate the leader of a rebel group called the "House of Flying Daggers" within ten days. Captain Leo (played by Andy Lau) plots with his co-captain Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) to infiltrate a local entertainment establishment, where they suspect Mei (Zhang Ziyi) is operating undercover as a member of the group. The rest of the film follows their attempts to follow Mei and find the headquarters of the House of Flying Daggers group.
Running time: 119 minutes
An Edko Films, Zhang Yimou Studio Production in collaboration with Beijing New Picture Film Co., Ltd.
Released by Sony Pictures Classics.