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Dragon Inn (1967)
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The Eunuch of the Emperor has ordered the commander of his army condemned to death for betrayal and insurrection. The commander's family was was murdered to cut off his bloodline, but his ... See full summary »

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Lingfeng Shangguan
Chun Shih ...
Xiao Shaozi
Ying Bai ...
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Feng Hsu
Chien Tsao
Han Hsieh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ah-Tsai
Ying-Chieh Han
Simon Hsu ...
(as Hsu Yao-kuang)
Fei Kao
Ming Kao
Hsiao Pao Ko
Chieh Li
Chu Liu
Shih Lu
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The Eunuch of the Emperor has ordered the commander of his army condemned to death for betrayal and insurrection. The commander's family was was murdered to cut off his bloodline, but his two youngest, a son and a daughter, were expelled from the empire to the outlands in an attempt to draw out the commanders confidant and adviser. In order to complete the plan, the Eunuch sent his ultra-secret Black Arrow Troop to assassinate the two remaining children and the advisor. The ambush: to be carried out at the Inn Of Dragon's Gate at the border. The plans fail as journeymen of great swordsmanship turn up at the inn. From that point until the end of the flic many battles take place. This film is a masterpiece of martial arts swords-play and speaks the tune of "The Swordsman" and the "Zatoichi" films. A must see for fans of classic Asian cinema. Written by LostInLodos

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21 October 1967 (Taiwan)  »

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Genre, noun: a series of misleading implications
24 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

As much as I like the genre, there's a class and authenticity to this movie you're not gonna find in many other martial arts/wuxia staples--it's probably closer to Kurosawa or even a spaghetti western than anything, while nevertheless retaining an obviously Chinese/Taiwanese spirit and feeling surprisingly stylistically self-contained. Far beyond a padded out collection of action scenes, Dragon Inn is a bit of an exercise in suspense that no doubt served as a helpful reference to Tarantino when he was working on that nazi movie. The eunuch's two generals were perfectly casted, switching between menace and personable charm at the drop of a hat as characters negotiate basic formalities while hiding daggers behind their backs, aware of each other's motives but feigning ignorance, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. This is one of those cases where campy dubbing would most assuredly ruin the tone.

When violence does erupt, there's a bit of that inevitable flaily-arm "why doesn't he just stab him right now?" type stuff going on, but the overall standard of dexterity required from everyone involved was very high. Consistent with the rest of the film, the battles emphasize the moments between crashing steel where you can cut the tension with a knife, and extremely long takes imbue the action with a sense of immediacy and raw physicality. You know how in most movies, the illusion of impaling a guy is something that requires a lot of cuts? Here we get guys impaled by the handful in one shot. Odd thing to praise, but stuff like that adds up.

You gotta remember the audience this was made for, though, and adjust your expectations accordingly. The premise is just spat in your face, then you just have to do your best to keep up. The film's political background and characters are perfunctory to the thrill of cloak-and-dagger espionage and the mythology of the setting.


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