House of Flying Daggers

House of Flying Daggers

2004 film by Zhang Yimou
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House of Flying Daggers

House of Flying Daggers (Chinese: ει’εŸ‹δΌ) is a 2004 wuxia romance film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than purely a martial arts film.

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Written by
  • Li Feng
  • Peter Wu
  • Wang Bin
  • Zhang Yimou
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Long Cheng
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Release date
  • 19 May 2004 (2004-05-19) (Cannes)
  • 15 July 2004 (2004-07-15) (Hong Kong)
  • 16 July 2004 (2004-07-16) (China)
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119 minutes
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  • China
  • Hong Kong
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Budget
$12 million
Box office
$92.9 million

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Jin: What's your name? Mei: Mei Jin: Mei? Jin: Every girl here is named after a flower. Why is yours so plain? Mei: I don't want to compete with those others girls. The flowers here can hardly be called flowers. Real flowers bloom in the wilderness.
  • The scene in the bamboo forest is very common in Chinese martial arts movies. Yimou Zhang felt that he had to stay in that tradition and added the scene in the bamboo forest.
  • The climactic fight scene was filmed in the Ukraine. It snowed so early (October) that it caught the filmmakers by surprise, as they had already started filming. They decided to change the script and the movie so that it would appear almost as if this epic battle began during the fall and ended during winter. Yimou Zhang was very happy with how it turned out because it set the perfect tone and obviously highlighted the blood spilled on the snow.
  • Yimou Zhang conceived the story in the late 1990s as a companion to Ying xiong (2002) (aka Hero).
  • This was originally going to be Anita Mui's final appearance in film and she had already accepted the role but, because she was battling cervical cancer, her part wasn't going to be filmed until early 2004. After her death on 30 December 2003, director Yimou Zhang decided to alter the script rather than find a replacement. Anita's name will still be listed in the credits.
  • Yimou Zhang chose world famous opera diva Kathleen Battle to sing the theme song for this film.

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