House of Flying Daggers
House of Flying Daggers (2004)

Chinese director Zhang Yimou fuses a martial arts action-drama with a tragic romance in this elegant period piece. In the year 859 A.D., as the Tang dynasty is beset by rebellion, Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) are a pair of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 3, 2004
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The visual splendor of the movie makes up for the weak story.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A dazzler -- and almost as exciting as its title promises.

Detroit Free Press

As stunning as it is, it also serves notice that House of Flying Daggers will have none of the complexities of Hero.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Though occasionally overwrought, peerless sequences, such as the sublime flight through a bamboo forest, ensure House Of Flying Daggers is a work of real beauty.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

One of the most visually astonishing martial-arts fantasies ever made.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Zhang proves that Hero was no accident with House of Flying Daggers, another Chinese period piece resplendent with a dazzling palette and soaring, ambitious fight sequences.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Gorgeous, but also very violent.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

About as viscerally and visually exciting as film can get, and yet it is also fully, ripely romantic in a way that few modern films would dare.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An intoxicating cocktail of splendid visuals, spectacular action, state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery and some old-fashioned swashbuckling worthy of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Steve Biodrowski

The studied, artistic affectations may prevent this Mandarin-language art house effort from being as kinetically potent as the films it emulates, but it more than compensates by offering up deeply felt emotions played out on a grand scale more than adequa

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
really pretty crappy, I thought
Jan Marc Macababayao
House Of Flying Daggers is an exquisite and pleasant barrage of colors, music, martial arts, history, and culture underlined by romance and mystery. Creative… More
xGary Xx
A provincial guardsman goes undercover and breaks a blind swordswoman out of prison to discover the location of a secret society of rebellious assassins. Zhang… More
Lewis C.
"If we meet again, one of us will have to die." More than 1000 years ago, an outlaw band called the Flying Daggers terrorizes the weak and… More
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Drake Tsui
3/4 through the movie and the plot considerably thickens into a Shakespearean romance without so much as a foreshadow. There's so little happening before… More