Wuxia warriors return to Dragon Gate Inn

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 December, 2011, 12:00am

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Once upon a time in China, Jet Li and Tsui Hark collaborated on a series of films that became a cornerstone of wuxia - martial arts dramas. The result was Once Upon a Time in China, three movies based on the life of a kung fu master.

The pair hope to revive that kung fu magic in their latest collaboration, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, one of the most ambitious Chinese 3D releases ever.

To prove they are serious about the new technology, they brought Avatar's visual effects supervisor Chuck Comisky on board as director of cinematography.

More of a re-imagining than a remake of Dragon Gate Inn (1967) - and the subsequent New Dragon Gate Inn (1992) produced and co-written by Tsui - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate begins three years after the Dragon Inn is burnt down. It's said that buried beneath the inn is a lost city that can only be found with the help of a giant storm that appears once every 60 years. A gang now lives at the inn. Their goal is to find the treasure, as the storm is gradually approaching.

Meanwhile, the evil eunuch Yu Huatian (Chen Kun) is leaving a trail of destruction. Now he's coming after master swordsperson Ling Yanqiu (Zhou Xun), a woman disguised as a man, who is hiding at the inn. Only General Zhou Huai'an (Li) can bring peace to the Ming dynasty.

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate opens on December 22