ReviewWriter: Peter ChaiWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
"Let The Bullets Fly", & "Wu Xia"
Famous for his enormous effort in bringing new concepts to the Hong Kong action cinema and after a success for making "Dragon Inn" way back in 1992, Hong Kong Film Award winning director, Tsui Hark presents you his latest masterpiece, "Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate."
"Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate" is not a remake of Tsui's old movie, "Dragon Inn" but it is filmed based on the concept and story of the classic movie. The story tells how the Imperial Assassins from both East and West side gained power and wealth by destroying the original order in the palace. Zhao (Jet Li), a former general in the Ming Dynasty, moves around the country to protect innocent lives from the eunuchs. Together with the help of a gang of people who are looking for hidden treasures in Dragon Gate at the rumoured location of the lost palace covered in the desert, Zhao wants to take down Yu (Chen Kun), the leader of the eunuchs of the Imperial Court, in order to restore the peace and decency of the palace.
The audience will be amazed by Jet Li's lightning-speed sword fight with the villains in the movie. The combination of Li's great fundamentals in Chinese martial arts and the special visual effects brings new life to action movie and its creativeness is perfect for the heart-pumping fighting scenes.
In the movie, Chen Kun let you watch his portray on villain once again after his first performance as a bad guy in Chinese blockbuster, "Let The Bullets Fly". His vile character in the story is the typical disgusting and evil character similar to that in "Wu Xia". However, his unpredictable expression and moves are able to catch your attention throughout the plot. Besides, he also plays another funny and intelligent character named "Wind Sword" that appears to be the main humorous element of the serious action movie.
The director invites Chuck Comisky, best known for his effort for visual effects in James Cameron's "Avatar", to direct the cinematography of the movie. Take note of the raging storm scene that shows you the art and science of cinematography created by Comisky and his crew.
In conclusion, if you are a huge fan of Tsui Hark's previous pieces or craving for some determined martial arts heroes' actions, get yourself a ticket or two to watch "Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate".Cinema Online, 20 December 2011