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“The best movie of this type of genre (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero, etc.). The directing and colors are amazing. The story is compelling.”
#4 of 10 from Foreign Films We Need to See! by
“Great visual effects and story in one of the best fantasy/martial art flicks ever made.”
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House of Flying Daggers
About this movie


House of Flying Daggers (Chinese埋伏pinyinshí miàn mái fú), is a 2004 action-romance filmdirected by Zhang YimouHouse of Flying Daggers differs from other wuxia films in that it is more of a love story than a straight martial arts film.

The use of strong colours is again a signature of Zhang Yimou's work. Several scenes in a bamboo forest completely fill the screen with green. Near the end of the film, a fight scene is set in a blizzard. The actors and blood are greatly highlighted on a whiteout background. Another scene uses bright yellow as a colour theme. The costumes, props, and decorations were taken almost entirely from Chinese paintings of the period, adding authenticity to the look of the film.

The film opened in limited release within the United States on December 3, 2004, in New York and Los Angeles, and opened on additional screens throughout the country two weeks later.

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Director: Zhang Yimou
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: December 3, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 59min
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