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* AttemptedRape: A drunken Leo attempts to force himself on Mei, [[SubvertedTrope but it's an act for the sake of his mission.]] [[spoiler:Leo trying it on Mei, on the other hand...]]

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* AttemptedRape: A drunken Leo Jin attempts to force himself on Mei, [[SubvertedTrope but it's an act for the sake of his mission.]] [[spoiler:Leo trying it on Mei, on the other hand...]]


* CoverBlowingSuperpower: [[spoiler:Very, very subtle: when Mei is being chased by guards in the forest near the beginning of the movie, notice how close the trees are together. Any blind person would have run into at least several trees--Mei doesn't. This shows that she isn't blind.]]
** Mei also visibly slips up once: [[spoiler: when she nearly trips and falls onto the sharpened bamboo stakes in the clearing, Jin yanks her back. She takes a rapid glance around the clearing and then goes back to having a blank expression.]]



%%* TheEndingChangesEverything

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%%* TheEndingChangesEverything* TheEndingChangesEverything: The last thirty minutes reveals that [[spoiler: Mei is not blind, Leo works for the Flying Daggers, and is also in love with Mei.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Very, very subtle: when Mei is being chased by guards in the forest near the beginning of the movie, notice how close the trees are together. Any blind person would have run into at least several trees--Mei doesn't. This shows that she isn't blind.]]


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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Jin's archery skills are impressive...if not entirely realistic.


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* WaifFu: Mei. Played with somewhat in that she's able to survive hand-to-hand combat, but without a weapon in hand isn't able to actually make much of difference against her opponents.


* AttemptedRape: A drunken Leo attempts to force himself on Mei, [[SubvertedTrope but it's an act for the sake of his mission.]] [[spoiler:Leo trying it on Mei, on the other hand...]

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* AttemptedRape: A drunken Leo attempts to force himself on Mei, [[SubvertedTrope but it's an act for the sake of his mission.]] [[spoiler:Leo trying it on Mei, on the other hand...]]]

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* GambitPileUp: Jin is an officer pretending as a rebel. Mei is an acolyte pretending as her master's blind daughter by pretending as a dancer. Leo is a rebel pretending to be an officer being fooled by Jin's scheme...


* ArrowCam: Arrow-cam, knife-cam, bean-cam...

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* ArrowCam: Arrow-cam, knife-cam, bean-cam...[[UpToEleven bean-cam]]...
* AttemptedRape: A drunken Leo attempts to force himself on Mei, [[SubvertedTrope but it's an act for the sake of his mission.]] [[spoiler:Leo trying it on Mei, on the other hand...]


* DamselInDistress: Surprisingly Mei. She's nearly raped by Jin in the first 5 minutes, rescued by Jin several times, etc. [[spoiler: Some of it may be an act, though, as ''she's'' actually the one manipulating ''him'' by feigning helplessness and getting him to feel sincerely protective of her, in order to lead to his eventual capture.]]

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* DamselInDistress: Surprisingly Mei. She's nearly raped by Jin in the first 5 minutes, rescued by Jin several times, etc. [[spoiler: Some of it may be It's all an act, though, as ''she's'' actually the one manipulating ''him'' by feigning helplessness and getting him to feel sincerely protective of her, in order to lead to his eventual capture.]]


** The final ArrowCamShot is a double, revealing that [[spoiler: she didn't try to kill Leo in vengeance, but rather block Leo's knife throw... as well as the fact that Leo didn't even throw the knife, Mei just gave her life to block a harmless droplet of blood, as well as the fa]] is a WhamShot designed to be as tragic as possible.

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** Mei is riding through the woods; a dagger comes flying out at her and she [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throws her sword]] to block it. [[spoiler:The camera pans to show that it was actually ''two'' daggers thrown in tandem, and her sword only blocked one...]]
** The final ArrowCamShot ArrowCam is a double, revealing that [[spoiler: she didn't try to kill Leo in vengeance, but rather block Leo's knife throw... as well as the fact that Leo didn't even throw the knife, Mei just gave her life to block a harmless droplet of blood, as well as the fa]] is a WhamShot designed to be as tragic as possible.

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* SnowMeansLove: At the end, he holds the girl in the snow as she bleeds out (overlaps with SnowMeansDeath).


* PinballProjectile

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* PinballProjectilePinballProjectile: This is most notable when a knife can bounce off a shield, fly away, keep spinning, then double back again. Twice.



* SenselessSacrifice: In the film's closing moments, [[spoiler: Mei pulls a knife from her own body, and uses it to block a knife thrown at Jin. However, it's revealed that Leo's knife was never thrown, thus meaning she killed herself for nothing]].



* SnowMeansDeath

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* SnowMeansDeathSnowMeansDeath: In the very finale, where the plot has led to a DuelToTheDeath, it begins snowing. And yes, someone dies. Twice, basically.



* WhamShot: Happens at the end of the Echo Dance when [[DamselInDistress Mei]] turns her sleeves into CombatTentacles and attacks the Captain.

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* WhamShot: WhamShot:
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Happens at the end of the Echo Dance when [[DamselInDistress Mei]] turns her sleeves into CombatTentacles and attacks the Captain.


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** The final ArrowCamShot is a double, revealing that [[spoiler: she didn't try to kill Leo in vengeance, but rather block Leo's knife throw... as well as the fact that Leo didn't even throw the knife, Mei just gave her life to block a harmless droplet of blood, as well as the fa]] is a WhamShot designed to be as tragic as possible.


* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The original title translates as ''Ambush From Ten Directions''.


* SheFu: Mei is yet another Zhang Ziyi BadAss.

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* SheFu: Mei is yet another Zhang Ziyi BadAss.badass.


'''''House of Flying Daggers''''' (original title: '''''十面埋伏''''') is a {{Wuxia}} movie directed by Creator/ZhangYimou and released in 2004. Zhang had previously directed another Wuxia flick, ''Film/{{Hero}},'' and wanted to explore the genre further. He would later direct ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower''.

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'''''House ''House of Flying Daggers''''' Daggers'' (original title: '''''十面埋伏''''') ''十面埋伏'') is a {{Wuxia}} movie directed by Creator/ZhangYimou and released in 2004. Zhang had previously directed another Wuxia flick, ''Film/{{Hero}},'' and wanted to explore the genre further. He would later direct ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower''.


* WaifFu: Creator/ZhangZiyi has made a good living playing {{Badass}} chicks while weighing about 95 lbs.

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* WaifFu: Creator/ZhangZiyi has made a good living playing {{Badass}} badass chicks while weighing about 95 lbs.


* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Averted somewhat. Anybody fighting 4 or more {{Mooks}} needs to get bailed out (usually JustInTime).

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* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Averted somewhat.Downplayed. Anybody fighting 4 or more {{Mooks}} needs to get bailed out (usually JustInTime).


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: On the DVD commentary, Zhang Yimou and Zhang Ziyi offer different interpretations on a certain action from the climax. To clarify, [[spoiler: Zhang Ziyi believes that Mei doesn't kill Leo because she still cares about him on some level, while the director states that she doesn't care at all and only wants to save Jin.]] [[invoked]]

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