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Byline: Jade Wright

SET in the 19th century, House of Flying Daggers focuses on a struggle for power between military forces and a rebel army.

Two government officers track down Mei, a blind dancer said to have links to an enemy of their employer, and decide to use her to infiltrate the organisation - until both men fall in love with her, leading to complications and tragedy.

This slick piece of cinema looks great and is ably directed by Yimou Zhang, who also made the equally acclaimed Hero in 2002.

And here's one for the movie buffs - the literal translation of the Chinese title Shi Mian Mai Fu is Ambushed From Ten Directions.

And despite being a martial arts movie regular, Zhang Ziyi is not a trained martial artist. She actually studied dance.

The film was deservedly Oscar-nominated for Best Achievement in Cinematography, and also received nine Bafta nominations.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2009
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