Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
proved that Tsui Hark has come back on sparkling form, and now the visionary Hong Kong filmmaker endeavors to create the first Chinese martial arts film in stunning IMAX 3D! He revisits the film Dragon Inn
he produced two decades earlier (itself a remake of the 1967 King Hu wuxia classic), and co-writes, directs, and produces the epic follow-up Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
with a revamped story and much more sophisticated production values. Supported by a top-caliber crew including acclaimed director Jacob Cheung (A Battle of Wits
), action choreographer Yuen Bun (The Blade
), and 3D effects guru Chuck Comisky (Avatar
), Tsui manages to advance the genre and bring it to a whole new dimension.
Leading the all-star cast is kung fu icon Jet Li, who joins forces with Tsui for the first time since they collaborated on the legendary Once Upon a Time in China series. His co-stars include Zhou Xun (The Banquet) playing a martial arts heroine, Aloys Chen (Painted Skin) in dual roles, Guey Lun Mei (The Stool Pigeon), Chris Lee (Bodyguards and Assassins), singer Mavis Fan, plus action stars Louis Fan and Gordon Liu. A huge critical and commercial success, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate has swiftly grossed over RMB500 million at the China box office to reach mega-blockbuster status, and garnered heaps of praises at various international film festivals and a whopping 13 nominations at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards.
During the Ming Dynasty, China was practically ruled by evil eunuchs. In a mission to rescue persecuted officials, righteous swordsman Zhao Huai'an (Jet Li) assassinates the vicious East Chamber commander Wan Yulou (Gordon Liu), thus making himself the prime target of the West Chamber overlord Yu Huatian (Aloys Chen). Zhao and company flee to the vast, sprawling desert on the frontier, and seek refuge at the infamous Dragon Gate Inn, which was rebuilt after being burned down in a blaze three years ago. There, the fugitives come head-to-head with a variety of mysterious figures - swordswoman Ling Yanqiu (Zhou Xun), hunted palace maid Su Huirong (Mavis Fan), a deadly tribal princess (Guey Lun Mei), a pair of bandits (Chris Lee and Aloys Chen), and secret agents from the West Chamber. When Yu Huatian and his henchmen track them down to the inn, everyone's fate will be decided in an earth-shattering showdown amidst the all-devouring sandstorm...
Hong Kong Version 2D+3D Blu-ray comes with 126 minutes of special features, including making-of, behind-the-scenes, cast & crew interviews, trailers, and director's commentary.