My Old Addiction

House Of Flying Daggers (Shi Mian Mai Fu)

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


Another stunning martial arts epic from director Zhang Yimou, master of period classics (Raise The Red Lantern) and gritty modern dramas (The Story Of Qiu Ju). stars as a blind assassin who is a covert member of the House Of Flying Daggers, a group of rebels who have banded together to fight the irresponsible and inept emperor who rules the Tang Dynasty of China. When she is captured by authorities and about to be tortured to have information extracted from her, she is saved by a handsome police officer () who leads her through the forest to her group’s hideout. As time progresses, however, we begin to realize that he is working undercover for his boss and hoping to be led to the House’s secret headquarters in order to trap them. Thankfully, that isn’t the last twist to the emotionally convoluted story, but to reveal more would be unfair. Suffice it to say that the photography is stunning, the sumptuous production design equally so, and the human drama much richer than in Zhang Yimou’s previous effort, Hero. Zhang Ziyi’s performance is terrific, and the action scenes exciting.


Beijing New Picture Film Co., , Edko Films, Elite Group Enterprises, Zhang Yimou Studio

China/Hong Kong, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by , , Yimou Zhang

Cinematography by

Produced by , , Yimou Zhang

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2004

Golden Globe Awards 2004

Toronto International Film Festival 2004

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