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FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE
USA: Indomina Media
Cast: Jet Li, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Lunmei Kwai, Yuchun Li, Mavis Fan, Siu-Wong Fan, Chia Hui Liu
Director: Tsui Hark
Language: Mandarin (English subtitles)
USA: 121 mins
USA Rated: R for some violence
USA Release Date: 31 August 2012 (Limited Release)
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Top martial arts proponents showcase their talents in this cinematic hurricane.
Set in China at the end of the Ming Dynasty corrupt eunuchs are terrorising the country with the ‘Western Office’ under Commander Yu leading the way. The ruthless warlord meets his adversary when he clashes with a rebel fighter (played by Jet Li). Good and evil clash at the Dragon Gate Inn, joined by a group of hard-drinking Mongolian tribal warriors. When a sandstorm exposes the golden treasures of an ancient metropolis beneath the inn, more material interests come into play.
Shot in 3D, Hong Kong based director Tsui Hark creates a blazing piece of Eastern genre cinema reminiscent of the Shaw Brothers’ classics. In a whirlwind of special effects where people are made to appear like flying spirits, the film portrays two Chinese folk tales about flying swords, magic powers and a romantic love story.