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House of Flying Daggers Single Film Study

jclarke | Wednesday October 17, 2018

Categories: A Level, EDUQAS A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Yimou Zhang, World Cinema, House of Flying Daggers, Genres & Case Studies, Action, Adventure, Drama

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Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives

For this component, learners must study:

  • two non - English language films, one European and one from outside Europe (two - film study)
  • one documentary film
  • one film option from a 1920s silent film movement
  • one film option from an experimental film movement

Section A: Global Film (two-film study)

Group 1: European film

  • Life is Beautiful (Benigni, Italy, 1997)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Del Toro, Spain, 2006) live!
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Schnabel, France, 2007) live!
  • Ida (Pawlikowski, Poland, 2013)
  • Mustang (Erguven, France/Turkey, 2015)
  • Victoria (Schipper, Germany, 2015)

Group 2: Outside Europe

  • Dil Se (Ratnam, India, 1998)
  • City of God (Meirelles, Brazil, 2002) live!
  • House of Flying Daggers (Zhang, China, 2004)
  • Timbuktu (Sissako, Mauritania, 2014)
  • Wild Tales (Szifron, Argentina, 2014)
  • Taxi Tehran (Panahi, Iran, 2015)


Cinema is always evolving and it’s an exciting process to witness, to explore and to understand. A film such as House of Flying Daggers is just one example of many notable films that have gone quite some way in transcending its original moment of release and has become something of a landmark in contemporary cinema, in this instance contributing significantly to the broadening of non-Hollywood cinema’s reach. Released in the UK in 2004, House of Flying Daggers enjoyed a relatively high profile as i) a major popular Chinese feature film that found an audience beyond China, ii) as a film that is a successful realisation of the wuxia genre and iii) as a film that is the work of a film auteur whose name has taken on the...

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