Release Date: 4/19/2005 Original Release: 2004 Format: DVD Length: 119 minutes Rating:PG-13 (MPAA) Rating Reason: stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality UPC: 043396091788 Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Following up his award-winning martial-arts drama HERO, director Zhang Yimou (JU DOU, RAISE THE RED LANTERN) tells an intricately detailed love story in the swordfighting epic HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, set during the final days of the Tang Dynasty. A mysterious group called the Flying Daggers is a dangerous threat to the government, so police captain Leo (Andy Lau) sends his right-hand man, Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro), undercover to try to find the rebels' location. Jin, a notorious playboy, pretends he is a roving warrior called "Wind" and befriends Mei (Ziyi Zhang), a blind dancer who is believed to be the daughter of the former leader of the Daggers. As he leads her across the countryside, they are "attacked" by government soldiers--but these battles are staged by Leo in order to convince Mei that Jin is on her side. But when a general orders that Mei must be captured at any cost, the fighting turns real, and Jin must decide between his loyalty to his job and his growing love for Mei. Meanwhile, Mei battles her feelings for Jin as well, trying to hide her true self. Zhang's gorgeous, compelling film is filled with beautiful singing and dancing, marvelous costumes, and wonderful locations; the scene in the Bamboo Forest is unforgettable, as is the Echo Game, which Leo and Mei play in the Peony Pavilion. There are also twists throughout the film and by the time the end comes, audiences will be spinning their heads in awe and amazement at the neverending wonders of this special movie. The film is dedicated to Anita Mui, who was to have a starring role before her unexpected death.
Region 1 Keep Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - Chinese/Mandarin, English, French Subtitles - English, French - Optional Additional Release Material: Music Video: "Lovers" Film to Storyboard Comparison Trailers: Previews Audio Commentary: Zhang Yimou - Director, Ziyi Zhang - Star Featurette: 1. Creating the Visual Effects 2. Making Of (45 min.) Text/Photo Galleries: Stills/Photos: Behind the Scenes Costumes Gallery
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