In IMAX 3-D in selected theatres across North American on August 31st for a one week engagement from legendary Hong Kong filmmaker/director Tsui Hark is an astounding period piece with THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE.
This film tells the story of the Dragon Gate Inn when a massive fire consumes it and the innkeeper Jade (Xun Zhou) suddenly disappears. It has been three years and now the Dragon Gate Inn is a washed out tavern filled with gun toting misfits.
The legend says that one-day a storm will come that will be so strong that it will unearth a city. But now there is another storm brewing as the east and west of the country are fighting for control. Among those who want to keep the people safe are Chow Wai On (Jet Li) and his followers.
Resting from a recent rescue, Chow finds a pregnant woman who is running away from one such ruler and Jade appears to him once again hiding as a fighter. The storm is brewing not only outside but from within when lines are drawn and the battle begins.
Chow, Jade and the others know what it takes to be free and will fight anyone who attempts to stop them from getting it.
FINAL WORD: Li is amazing to watch on screen once again. As Chow is the solemn leader of men who want to protect the good in their country. He may be a tad solemn but there are moments when a smile forms on his face and that’s when you hear a sword being drawn.
The action is so beautiful to watch! Each cast member totally immersed themselves in these roles. I have to admit that some of them really looked like they were having a good time and that translates so well to the audiences’ enjoyment of the film.
Other cast include: Kun Chen as Yu Hua Tian, Lunmei Kwai as the Tribal Princess, Yuchun Li as Gu Shaotang, Mavis Fan as Su Huirong, Siu-Wong Fan as Ma Jinliang and Chia Hui Liu as Wan Yulou.
The film is written, directed and produced by Tsui Hark with Jeffrey Chan and Nansun Shi. It’s being presented by Bona Film Group, Widescreen Media with Indomina Releasing.
Presenting the film in IMAX allows it to be experienced in such a unique way. With cutting-edge picture and amazing sound, FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE is an experienced not to be missed.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. Since the film’s release in China it has earned $86.5 million at the box office and set a new record for Chinese produced films. It has already won five awards to boot.
With all that – it’s quite clear that this film has something to offer fans of film and martial arts. I truly enjoyed it as a period piece with its wonderful and colorful costumes. Each layer of fabric lent itself not only to the story telling but epic in the action sequences. The cinematographic is completely flawless as director Hark should be rightfully proud.
My one, and only one pause of mention is that the subtitles are a little too small and clash with the surroundings so that some of the wording can’t be seen. It took time to adjust but not enough of a bother to take away from the thrill of the film.
The film will open in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, Seattle and San Diego. Check for local listings to see where the film is in your area and go to www.indomina.com.
In the end – he will not be defeated.