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Tsui Hark’s 2011 “The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” is as old school kung fu moviemaking as you can possibly get without inventing a time traveling machine and going backwards in time. In case you’re one of the few who have yet to get your grubby little hands on the film (it’s been out overseas for a while now), Indomina Releasing is preparing to launch the flying swords (and other flying weaponry, of which there are aplenty in the movie) Stateside, but only exclusively on IMAX screens this August 31st, 2012. The better to make use of the film’s much ballyhooed 3D, no doubt. In the meantime, check out the new U.S. trailer, which is actually a brand new trailer and not just something re-cut from the Chinese versions and dubbed/subtitled over.
As one of the defining stories of the wuxia genre, the saga of the Dragon Gate Inn has already been the source material for two classic martial arts films. Now legendary writer/director/producer Tsui Hark revisits these legends in THE FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE bringing new characters and ancient conflicts to life through the vivid depth of 3D and the epic scale of the IMAX image. The film picks up three years after the disappearance of the enigmatic innkeeper Jade and the massive fire that consumed the Inn. A new Dragon Inn has risen from the ashes, staffed by a band of marauders. Masquerading as law-abiding citizens by day, they use the cover of night to continue their true calling as fortune hunters. For legend says that the Dragon Inn is the site of a lost city buried in the desert–and a treasure that spans dynasties hidden deep within.
Starring Jet Li, Zhou Xun, Cher Kun, Yi Yuchun, Gwei Lun, Marvis Fan, and Fan Siu Wong.
Check your local IMAX screens for showtimes and locations.
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And oh, look what popped up while I was watching the trailer (from my review of the film):