The martial arts epic House of Flying Daggers has been nominated for best foreign film at next year's Golden Globe Awards, putting it on track to repeat the Oscar success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film, by acclaimed mainland director Zhang Yimou, will face stiff competition from Les Choristes from France and The Motorcycle Diaries from Brazil for best foreign-language movie. It stars Andy Lau Tak-wah, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Zhang Ziyi, who is currently filming Stephen Spielberg's Memoirs of a Geisha. Bill Kong, producer of the film, was delighted with the news. 'I'm very excited,' he said. 'I'm very proud of those who contributed to the production of the film. Not many foreign-language films can be so successful in America.' House of Flying Daggers won the best foreign film award at the Los Angeles Critics Association Awards on Sunday. The film, which opened in the US on December 3, grossed US$397,472 three days after its release at just 15 theatres, placing 19th at the American box office over that weekend. Kong, who also produced Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, said House of Flying Daggers stood a great chance, as it was the most commercially successful of the Golden Globe contenders. 'House of Flying Daggers was released on the same pattern as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. 'Crouching Tiger was a miracle, and may this miracle happen again,' the producer said. The Golden Globes are often seen as predictors of the Academy Awards. Crouching Tiger won best foreign film and best director at the 2001 Golden Globe Awards before taking four Oscars. The winners will be announced on January 16.