Actors: Jet Li, Kun Chen
Directors: Hark Tsui
Rated: R (Restricted)
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Run Time: 122 minutes
Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
“Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” is a re-imagining of 1992’s “New Dragon Gate Inn”. It is a real kick-ass action film, which gives Jet Li a chance to shine. After seeing “The Expendables 2”, his role was so trivial and I was dying for some real Jet Li action. If that isn’t cool enough this is directed by Tsui Hark. who has directed some of my favorite films like “Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain” and the “Once Upon a Time in China” series, also starring Jet Li. The film was shot entirely in 3D and really looks amazing, thanks to Chuck Comisky, the visual-effects supervisor for James Cameron’s “Avatar”. Highly recommended for all fans of Li or action in general.
Official Synopsis: 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. As they await a storm strong enough to unearth the hidden fortress, they are surprised by the arrival of a pregnant concubine and her mysterious protector, Ling. They have come seeking the sanctuary of the Inn – as two factions from the Imperial City close in on them to claim her unborn child. Leading the Imperial Assassins is the merciless Eunuch, Yu who hopes to reclaim the Emperor’s child before she can fall into the hands of the righteous General Zhao.
The 1080p transfer is extremely impressive within its 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Besides the 3D action, which is amazing, Cinematographer Choi Sung-fai delivers some beautiful colored landscapes, which real pop. This also goes the same for the 2D version of the film, I just prefer and recommend watching it in 3D. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track is perfect but only its original Mandarin language. The English track is unbearable to listen to and turns the film into a comedy with the voice overs. The only problem is that I am not a big fan of reading subtitles in 3D but it is really the only way to watch it.
The special features are found on the standard 2D Blu-ray disc and are good but they are also only in SD. Firstly, there is a two part “Making of Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, which both together runs about 15 minutes. There is a look into some of the film’s production but looks like it was shot on a cell phone. There is about 20 minutes of interviews with the film’s cast and filmmakers. There is another 30 minutes feature looking behind-the-scenes, which includes some good detail but has some sound issues. Lastly there is a trailer included for the film.