“Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” is Part Wuxia, Part Eyecandy, Part Epicness
Jet Li, Chen Kun, and Zhou Xun light up the screens in 2011 Chinese wuxia film, Flying Swords at Dragon Gate (龙门飞甲). Don’t let the long translated name put you off. Get this, the person who shone the most in this movie ain’t Jet Li. Granted, Li is the resident martial artist hero in most Hollywood and Hong Kong films other than Jackie Chan. However, co-star Chen Kun’s magnetic presence as the powerful enunch really brought it home for me. The cinematography was breathtaking; vividly portrays the majestic expansion of the Ming empire, the second to last of China’s dynasties. Martial arts fighting was also pretty to look at. The weaponry consisting of simple swords and qinggong is alluring and make for the best viewing experience. The pacing was good, I measure up how good pacing are by how many times I want to fastforward; FSDG only required a 30 second fastforward (because of a boring shot of CGI desert) throughout the entire 125 minutes. I like that there are some lighthearted moments where the characters make fun of each other.To me, FSDG hit all the right notes for an immersing wuxia epic.
Here’s the story:
An explosive mix of warriors, fugitives and assassins converge in the desert for a deadly showdown in this multi-award winning, martial arts epic reuniting genre master Tsui Hark with Jet Li in an action-packed, visually breathtaking IMAX 3D experience. The tale continues at the infamous Dragon Inn three years after it was left in ruins. A new gang has taken control of the inn as they secretly search for the nearby lost city of gold. Threatening to expose their search is the arrival of a beautiful fugitive from the palace accompanied by the swordsman who would die to protect her, and a group of assassins who will stop at nothing to find her. – Official Movie Website
My biggest surprise was that the director, Tsui Hark, also partook in the making of 2010’s Detective Dee movie, which is a prequel to the Amazing Detective Di Renjie series that I am currently addicted with! The movie version of Detective Dee has a lot of big name actors like Andy Lau, but to be honest, I could care less about big names, I just care about a good story! I’ve heard some good things about Detective Dee, so I will for sure check it out when I feel up to the occasion.
Oh, and I read an article about Flying Swords of Dragon Gate being the first Chinese-language film to be in 3D. Woop woop, but it seems like people are way too crazy about 3D films. I don’t really see what the big deal is. 3D Finding Nemo released in theaters after almost a decade. Why are you doing a review on a film that everyone loves and knows the story of anyways? #somepeopleonyoutubejustcouldn’tresist (apologies for the unnecessary hashtag)
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