The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

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The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Tsui Hark’s second attempt to update King Hu’s 1967 martial arts classic, Dragon Inn (he codirected and produced the 1992 remake), ends up being a high-flying spectacle laid low by chintzy computer graphics. Filmed in bells-and-whistles IMAX 3-D, this convoluted tale of secret identities and hidden treasure, set during the Ming Dynasty era, finds Jet Li and Chen Kun locking horns in elaborate wuxia swordplay. But even inspired setups like a duel inside a tornado are rendered cartoonish by the overuse of special effects, which replace yesteryear’s real weapons with nonthreatening pixels. Stick with the original.

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Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday August 31 2012
Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tsui Hark
Screenwriter: Tsui Hark
Cast: Jet Li
Zhou Xun
Chen Kun
Yuchun Li
Mavis Fan