It is China's official choice for the 2004 Oscar Awards, Foreign Language film category. (imdb.com)
Ziyi Zhang is not actually a trained martial artist, despite having been in many martial arts films. She is however a skilled dancer (joined the Beijing Dance Academy at age 11), like her character here, so she uses many dance moves in her fight sequences. (imdb.com)
To prepare for her role, Ziyi Zhang lived with a blind girl for two months. The blind girl became blind at the age of 12 because of a brain tumor. (imdb.com)
Director Yimou Zhang has said that he will rewrite the screenplay to remove Anita Mui's character following the veteran star's death. This is meant to be a sign of respect for Mui. It was earlier reported that Michelle Yeoh or Brigitte Lin would be cast instead. (imdb.com)
The literal English translation of the Chinese title is "Ambushed From Ten Directions". (imdb.com)
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