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With the Tang Dynasty in decline and unrest raging throughout the land, China's corrupt government is locked in battle with the House of Flying Daggers, a rebel army. When two local captains, Leo (Andy Lau) and Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) are ordered to capture the rebels' new leader, Jin pretends to "rescue" the beautiful, blind revolutionary Mei (Zhang Ziyi, Hero, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) from prison, earning her trust so he can escort her to the secret headquarters of the House. The plan works, but to their surprise, Jin and Mei fall deeply in love. An epic martial arts romance from director Zhang Yimou (Hero).

 House of Flying Daggers

We traveled to the Ukraine in September 2003 to shoot the film House of Flying Daggers. I was attracted to this location because of its beautiful scenery.

However, the weather there was not very stable; there were not many sunny days.

It rained all the time during autumn, and the snow came early this time (in October 2003). I remember one day when I got up in the morning, everything outside the window was covered with snow. The locals told me that the snow would be gone in one day. So, I waited for one day, but the weather was not improving and it seemed that the snow would not stop that soon. It would take ten days for the snow to melt and the leaves would have mashed. So, I decided to shoot the ending fight scene in the snow.

The snow has added much atmosphere to the scene. This has become one of the most stunning scenes in the film.