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If you’re a fan of old school martial arts with new school 3D technology, then Tsui Hark’s “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” is the movie you’ve been looking for all your life. A major hit in its native Hong Kong/China, “Flying Swords” stars Jet Li and Xun Zhou, and is a pretty rockin’ good time for those willing to ignore the wonky 3D effects (if you’re not watching it in 3D, that is) and some truly absurd narrative plotting. But hey, that’s why it’s old school — the movie belongs in the ’80s, which, I suspect, was the intention of writer/director Hark.
Thanks to the folks at Indomina Releasing, “Flying Swords” is now getting an exclusive, limited engagement across North America in September on IMAX 3D screens. This would make “Flying Swords” the first Chinese-language film to get an IMAX release in the States, in case you were wondering.
“We’re delighted to be working again with Bona and Tsui Hark and to release their newest film, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,” said Indomina Group Vice Chairman and CEO, Jasbinder Singh Mann. “It’s an ideal fit for Indomina – just as IMAX is the ideal movie-going experience for the film. Audiences are in for a real treat when they see this Chinese martial arts masterpiece on the IMAX screen.”
“We are honored that IMAX is a platform to showcase the best in locally-produced Chinese films to audiences around the world,” said Greg Foster, IMAX Chairman and President of Filmed Entertainment. “Together with The Indomina Group and Bona Film Group, we are offering North American fans of Chinese martial arts films this rare opportunity to experience one of the biggest Chinese blockbusters of all time in the most immersive format available – IMAX.”
“We’re thrilled to have partnered with director Tsui Hark and IMAX in producing the first-ever IMAX 3D Chinese-language film,” said Dong Yu, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bona Film Group. “The success of the film in China has proven once again the huge potential of the China market, and has also demonstrated the sophistication of Chinese filmmakers in mastering the latest filmmaking technologies and techniques. We’re absolutely excited that this unprecedented experience of Chinese cinema will soon be brought to North American audiences through The Indomina Group with their passion and marketing clout for Asian cinema, and the support of IMAX.”
Check your local IMAX locations for showtimes in September.
You can also read my review of “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” here if you’re so inclined.