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Running Time:
1 hour, 59 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sequences of stylized martial arts violence, and some sexuality

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This stylish feast of blood, passion and silk brocade is another gorgeous action spectacle from the director of "Hero"

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Zhang Yimou and Ziyi Zhang audio commentary; 45-minute making-of featurette; Making-of the visual effects featurette; "Lovers" music video; Storyboard comparisons; Photo galleries.

House of Flying Daggers
This breathtaking film with its striking visual style seems to made up of elements of the finest martial arts movies, Chinese Opera and Shakespearean drama. A secret rebel group called the House of Flying Daggers, is destabilising the ruling dynasty in China in 859 AD. Even after their leader is killed, the daggers continue to fly. Captain Leo (Andy Lau) and his right-hand man Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) suspect that the gifted blind dancer Mei (Ziyi Zhang) may be the daughter of the deceased leader, so they devise a plan in which Jin will pretend to be a defecting warrior and fall in love with her, in the hope that she will lead them to the Flying Daggers' hideout. But this can be a very dangerous game. Utilizing camera trickery and wire stuntwork, director Zhang Yimou (Hero) keeps the films' focus on the human drama despite the many fantastic gravity-defying battles. As the plot becomes increasingly tangled, you'll be engaged as much by the drama as you are by the nonstop action. The simply breathtaking film's striking visual style features colors that seem to be even more beautiful than those in "Hero." The three actors shift beautifully from sexy to soulful to brutal to brave, often within a single scene and despite the many action sequences, this is a deeply personal story full of heartbreaking tenderness, which infuses every scene. It's a blast!

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