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Shi mian mai fu (The House of Flying Daggers) / The House of Flying Daggers
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China, 859. The once flourishing Tang Dynasty is in decline. Unrest is raging and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies. The largest and most prestigious of these is the House of Flying Daggers with its mysterious new leader. Two local captains, Leo and Jin, are ordered to capture the new leader and the two hatch an elaborate plan. Captain Jin will pretend to be a lone warrior and rescue the beautiful, blind revolutionary Mei from prison, earning her trust and escorting her to the secret headquarters of the House of Flying Daggers. The plan works, but to their surprise, Jin and Mei fall deeply in love on their long journey. What lies ahead for Jin and Mei, these star-crossed lovers? If this is true love, then why are there plots in their heads and secrets in their hearts?
BIOGRAPHY
Xian (China), 1950. Taught at the Beijing Film Academy, he debuted with Hong gaoliang (Red Sorghum, 1987), winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin. A number of his subsequent movies similarly won festival awards: Dahong denglong gaogao gua (Raise the Red Lantern, 1991), Qiu Ju da guan si (Qiu Ju Goes to Court, 1992), To Live (1994), Keep Cool (1997), Not One Less (1999), The Road Home (1999) and Ying xiong (Hero, 2002). He chaired the Official Jury at the San Sebastian Festival in 1997.
CAST & CREW
Director
Zhang Yimou
Screenplay
Zhang Yimou, Li Feng, Wang Bin
Photography
Zhao Xiaoding
Edition
Cheng Long
Music
Shigeru Umebayashi
Cast
Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Song Dandan
Running Time
119 m.
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