During the Ming Dynasty, Tsao Siu-yan, a power-crazed eunuch who rules his desert region of China as if he were the Emperor, ruthlessly thwarts plots against him and sets a trap for one of this enemies at the Dragon Gate Inn.


Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Tan Cheung, Xiaohe Lü (as Xiao He) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Maggie Cheung ... Gam Seung Yuk
Brigitte Lin ... Yau Mok Yin
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Chow Wai On
Donnie Yen ... Eunuch Cho Siu Hing
Shun Lau ... Cha
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Ho Fu (as Yee Kwan Yan)
Cheung-Yan Yuen ... Iron
Lawrence Ng ... Siu-Chuen
Xin Xin Xiong ... Ngai
Elvis Tsui ... The General
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi-Fai Chan
Ngai Chung-Wai Ngai Chung-Wai
Choi Ho Choi Ho
Cheng Lit-King Cheng Lit-King
Wai Shun Wong Wai Shun Wong


This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect in his quest to rule China. An extravagant climax features dizzying acrobatics and masterful fight sequences. Written by Towne 3, San Jose, Ca

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An Interesting Remake of the King Hu Classic
10 August 2005 | by chinesefanSee all my reviews

Some people may get this movie confused with the highly acclaimed 1966 original of the same title by the legendary King Hu(Come Drink With Me, A Touch of Zen). Although not as good as the original, this one has more action to appeal for younger audience and the additional character of the inn lady played by Maggie Cheung is great fun. And there was the immortal Brigitte Lin. Unfortunately, the plot and script(reportedly) suffered due to an eye injury caused on Brigitte's eye during shooting and the producers need to rush the film's completion for the festival time's screening.

Not as successful in the box-office as Swordsman 2, not as good as the highly acclaimed and artistic Ashes of Time, and not a cult success like White Hair Bride, this movie is still fun to watch. (Incidently, all 4 starred Brigitte Lin, around the same time and I consider them the most successful of the 90's Wuxia)

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27 August 1992 (Hong Kong) See more »

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