This scandalizes onlookers despite the setting -- a brothel. Later, the drunken Jin pulls the dancer to the ground, flips her over and tears her dress. The scene is tame by Western standards; not much is revealed beyond shoulders and prettily disheveled hair. Still, Jin's display of lust is an expression of a significant, if subtle change that is starting to brew in Chinese film: "Daggers," which is being released in New York on Dec. And the Chinese government had no objections. Mainland movies, on the other hand, often weigh it down, making it into a historical or political statement.
Film review: House of Flying Daggers
Zhang Yimou on ‘House of Flying Daggers'
Ziyi Zhang in House of Flying Daggers
She plays Mei, a blind dancer, suspected by local police captain, Leo played by Hong Kong superstar, Andy Lau as being the daughter of local rebel group The Flying Daggers. Leo's colleague Jin Takeshi Kaneshiro poses as a warrior and attempts to trick Mei into leading him to the Flying Daggers' headquarters, but during their journey they develop feelings for each other… In London last September, the director talked about his career and the genesis of the new film. Can you say something about this journey?
Unrest is raging throughout the land, and the corrupt government is locked in battle with rebel armies that are forming in protest. The largest, and most prestigious of these rebel groups is the House of Flying Daggers, which is growing ever more powerful under a mysterious new leader. Jin will pretend to be a lone warrior and rescue the beautiful, blind revolutionary Mei Ziyi Zhang from prison, earning her trust while escorting her to the secret headquarters of the House of Flying Daggers.