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Long men fei jia (2011)

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Set three years after Dragon Inn, innkeeper Jade has disappeared and a new inn has risen from the ashes - one that's staffed by marauders masquerading as law-abiding citizens, who hope to unearth the fabled lost city buried in the desert.

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Hark Tsui

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Hark Tsui (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Zhao Huai'an
Xun Zhou ... Ling Yanqiu
Kun Chen ... Yu Huatian / Pu Cangzhou / Blade in the Wind
Lun-Mei Kwei ... Chang Xiaowen / Bu Ludu
Yuchun Li ... Gu Shaotang
Mavis Fan ... Su Huirong
Siu-Wong Fan ... Ma Jinliang
Chia-Hui Liu ... Wan Yulou
Jian Kui Sun Jian Kui Sun ... Liang Cai / Lao Chai
Chien Sheng ... Tan Luzi
Yiheng Du Yiheng Du ... Ji Xueyong
Shuangbao Wang ... Zhao Pingan
Jian Xue Jian Xue ... Lei Chongcheng
Feixing Han Feixing Han ... H'Gantga
Bingyuan Li Bingyuan Li ... Ling Guozhou
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Storyline

The Emperor's eunuchs have gained power and influence, the East Bureau and West Bureau spy and police the nation. They visit the shipyards, but only as a cover to execute those who would try and report their taking of bribes to the Emperor. Zhao Huai'an fights the leader of the East Bureau, defeating him and putting his head in a box and hanging it as a warning to other corrupt officials. The Emperor's chief concubine wants them to prevent the Emperor impregnating anyone aside from her. Three pregnant courtesans have been executed, a fourth is being hunted down. Officials stop a riverboat and are about to execute a woman but a masked hero intervenes. Zhao watches from nearby and the masked hero also claims to be Zhao. The imposter helps the courtesan flee to Dragons Gate, Zhao and his followers decide to fight the West Bureau to help delay them and aid in the escape. Written by Sonja Pavkovic

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Action | Adventure

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

15 December 2011 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sárkánykapu repülő kardjai See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,452, 2 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$170,276

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,375,320
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Tsui also invited Chuck Comisky, the visual-effects supervisor for James Cameron's Avatar (2009), as the 3-D director to manage the special effects. Comisky will lead a team of 3D crew from China, Korea, Singapore, Spain, etc. See more »

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Also released in theaters in IMAX 3D. See more »

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Remake of Dragon Inn (1967) See more »

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HK Neo Reviews: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D
18 December 2011 | by webmaster-3017See all my reviews

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is exactly how to make use of 3D technology. Apart from James Cameron's Avatar, the use of 3D has been mostly disappointing. Innovative director Tsui Harks does it again and exceeds all expectations in delivering not only a great movie, but uses 3D to maximum effect. In a reunion of sorts, Jet Li teams up with Tsui Hark for the first time since the Once Upon a Time in China days. After the staggeringly excellent Detective Dee's last year, Hark continues his great form by bringing the audience into his imaginary world with 3 times the realism and some stunning special effects. Every inch of the budget seems to be perfectly used and the action direction is top class. The use of daggers, flying swords and martial arts display are all perfectly aided by the 3D effects. It is rare that a remake/re-imagination of an all time classic New Dragon Gate (1991) can be out-dux, but Hark achieves the impossible by delivering the most impressive and creative Hong Kong movie of the year. Although Jet Li seems wasted in a role that is far too limited for both his acting and martial arts abilities, Zhou Xun impresses in a role that requires little, but crucial to the movie. Chen Kun once again impresses in a duo role and Taiwanese Kwai Lun-mei adds some flair and style. However, if there is one big flaw in the film, it is the lack of chemistry between Li and Zhou. Then again, it is probably truism by now that Li rarely strikes up chemistry with co-stars and with Rosamund Kwan (Once Upon a Time in China series) out of the game, it is hard to see which actress can bring down his romantic defenses.

Still, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is more than a stellar effort and qualifies as true Asian Blockbuster of the year. It is the kind of movie that will bring the people back to the cinemas. All in all, it is probably an understatement to call Tsui Hark a genius, but just when all his Hollywood count parts fails to understand 3D technology, Hark steps up and above his peers and deliver a sucker punch of a movie. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is not just a good movie, but it is a great movie on all levels. It is what you call a unique movie experience that brings in the world of Wuxia to the maximum effect. I am proud of Tsui Hark's achievements and after watching Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, he too should be proud of himself. Simply the film to beat in 2011…

Neo rates it 9.5/10


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