Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than purely a martial arts film. The film opened in limited release within the United States on 3 Decemberin New York City and Los Angelesand opened on additional screens throughout the country two weeks later. The film was chosen as China's entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for the yearbut was not nominated in that category; however, it received a nomination for the 's Ambush In Ten Directions (Shi Mian Mai Fu) - Shigeru Umebayashi - House Of Flying Daggers: Original Award for Best Cinematography.
In ADas the Tang Dynasty declines, several rebel groups are established, the largest Zombie - Various - DeathSoundCore which is the House of Flying Daggers, based in Fengtianwho battle the corrupt government that oppresses the people. Its members use special throwing daggers that always hit their targets to steal from the rich and give to the poor, gaining the support of the locals. Two police officers, Leo Andy Lau and Jin Takeshi Kaneshiro —who are best friends—are ordered to kill the leader of the group within ten days, a task that appears to be impossible as no one knows who the leader of the House of the Flying Daggers is.
To accomplish this, Leo arrests Mei Zhang Ziyia blind dancer who Too Many Drivers - Fenton Robinson - Special Road suspected of being the previous leader's daughter. Jin proceeds to assault the jail and set Mei free, pretending that he is a rebel sympathizer, an act which gains Mei's trust. Unfortunately, Mei and Jin fall in love. To make the Ambush In Ten Directions (Shi Mian Mai Fu) - Shigeru Umebayashi - House Of Flying Daggers: Original more realistic, Leo and his policemen pretend to ambush the pair.
Later, though, they are ambushed for real by soldiers. At a secret meeting, Leo explains that the military has gotten involved and wants Jin and Mei dead. A few days later, Jin and Mei are ambushed again in a bamboo forest and almost killed, but they are saved by the House of Flying Daggers and taken to their headquarters. At this point, Mei is revealed to have been faking her blindness, and not the actual Let Your Backbone Slide (Bonus Beat) - Maestro Fresh-Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide leader's daughter.
Furthermore, she is engaged to Leo, who has also been All Souls Day - Death SS - Heavy Demons to have been pretending to be an officer, and is really a Flying Daggers member.
The Flying Daggers are not afraid of the military and are actually looking forward to an open battle. A heartbroken Leo tells Mei that he waited for her for three years since he went undercover to infiltrate the police, and asks how she could fall in love with Jin after only three days, only to be told she has her heart set on Jin.
Leo tries to rape Mei, but their superior Nia throws a dagger into Leo's back and reassigns them to new missions, separating them. Shortly after, Mei is told to execute Jin. She frees him instead but refuses to desert the House to join him. Later, Mei changes her mind and rides after Jin, but is ambushed by Leo, who casts two daggers at her.
Mei manages to deflect one of them while the other pierces her breast and seemingly kills her. At this point, Jin discovers Leo and the two of them fight, but their skills are too evenly matched. A raging blizzard falls upon them, while the military approaches the House. Finally, with both men badly wounded and exhausted, Leo pulls Nia's dagger out of his back and threatens to use it on Jin.
Mei reappears and threatens to pull the dagger out of her breast and throw Abu Dhabi - Laid Back - MP3 at Leo, which would cause her to bleed to death, but Jin begs her to save herself.
After several tense moments, Leo decides to pretend to throw his dagger, intending to die by Mei's dagger while sparing Jin. However, Mei attempts to use her dagger to intercept Leo's dagger in flight.
The result Come Out And Play - The Offspring - I Mean It I Need It that neither Leo nor Jin dies, but only Mei. In the end, Leo stumbles away in guilt while Jin cries over Mei's body, singing a song praising her as a "rare beauty", the likes of which he will never see again. Whether the House won against the military is left ambiguous.
Anita Mui was originally cast for a major role, which was to be her final film appearance. She died of cervical cancer before any of her scenes were filmed. After her death on 30 Decemberdirector Zhang Yimou decided to alter the script rather than find a replacement. The film is dedicated to her memory. To prepare for her role, for two months, Zhang Ziyi lived with a blind girl who had lost her sight at the age of 12 because of a brain tumor.
Takeshi Kaneshiro injured his leg when he went horseback riding. As a result, Yimou Ambush In Ten Directions (Shi Mian Mai Fu) - Shigeru Umebayashi - House Of Flying Daggers: Original Kaneshiro spend two scenes sitting or kneeling down to alleviate the pain, which was stated in Zhang Yimou's audio commentary.
Most of the film was shot in Ukraine 's Carpathian Mountains the Hutsul Region National Parksuch as the scenes in the snow or birch forests.
The cast and production team spent 70 days on location from September to October and were largely based in Kosiv. However, due to the early snowfall, the filmmakers opted to alter the script and certain sequences rather than wait for the snow to thaw as the leaves were still on the trees. Director Zhang Yimou later stated that despite the unpredictable weather forcing the alterations, he had achieved the desired effect in the scenery and was happy with the final result. Like its predecessor HeroHouse of Flying Daggers uses wuxing color theory in both a deliberate and ironic manner.
The film features the theme of a beautiful woman who brings woe to two men. In the north there is a beauty; peerless and independent. A glance from her will overthrow a city; another glance will overthrow a nation.
One would rather not know whether it will be a city or a nation that will be overthrown. As it would be difficult to behold such a beauty again. It was also the third-highest-grossing foreign-language film in the North America market in The film received widespread critical acclaim.
Phil Hall of Film Threat wrote: "Quite simply, House of Flying Daggers is a film that sets several new standards for production and entertainment values. It is a wild riot Merkur - National Affairs - National Affairs color, music, passion, action, mystery, pure old-fashioned thrills, and even dancing.
With an endless supply of imagination and a kinetic force of nature in its amazing star Zhang Ziyi, House of Flying Daggers cuts all other films to shreds.
It's Speed Of Sound - Various - Roksnax stunning, moving image, like a hummingbird caught in action. Scott of The New York Times described the film as: "A gorgeous entertainment, a feast of blood, passion, and silk brocade. It was released in Hong Kong on 15 July by the film's production company and distributor Edko Films. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. House of Flying Daggers Theatrical release poster.
William Kong Zhang Yimou. Shigeru Umebayashi. Film portal. British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 24 November Retrieved 1 October Landmark Theaters.
Archived from the original on 22 November Retrieved 30 April Retrieved 5 December Maclean's Magazine. Retrieved 28 July The Guardian. Japan Today. Archived from the original on 20 December Rotten Tomatoes. The Washington Post. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 11 June Scott 3 December The New York Times. Slant Magazine. Retrieved 10 February House of Flying Daggers".
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