Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Film, Action and adventure
3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Hong Kong genre chameleon Tsui Hark’s last film, the delightful ‘Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame’, went straight to DVD in the UK, so it’s a pleasure to see him back in our cinemas – even if this pumped-up reimagining of his 1992 wuxia thriller ‘New Dragon Gate Inn’ is a slightly less playful effort. Still, the big screen is the rightful place for what amounts to a lavishly mounted series of airborne sword fights – each one more spectacular (and silly) than the last – bound to a rather convoluted treasure hunt led by an untaxed Jet Li. It’s the first Chinese-language film to jump on the 3D bandwagon, and Tsui, with some help from ‘Avatar’ effects whiz Chuck Comisky, handles the gimmick with aplomb: the opening shot, vertiginously soaring over the vast shipyards of Ming-dynasty China, is as giddy a marvel as anything in the movies this year.

By: Guy Lodge



Release details

Release date:
Friday October 19 2012
122 mins

Cast and crew

Tsui Hark
Tsui Hark
Jet Li
Zhou Xun
Chen Kun
Yuchun Li
Mavis Fan
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