The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
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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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"Amounts to a lavishly mounted series of airborne sword fights - each one more spectacular (and silly) than the last ..."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
""Flying Swords" is a chunky spectacle, to be sure - overstuffed with plot and characters - but at times, it's an insanely entertaining one."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"It's fun in the moment, but hardly one for the ages."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Despite the movie's excessive length and incomprehensible plot, Tsui is still one of the world's absolute best at action and fight sequences; they move fast, but they're dazzlingly fluid and smooth."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This treatment boasts plenty of swashbuckling action and visual flair without a compelling story or characters to fill in the narrative gaps."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"For followers of wuxia films, the epic Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is a godsend...But the convoluted storyline...blunts the appeal for anyone who's not a fan."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"While the attractive performers and the action set pieces, including fights inside a sand tornado and around a spider's web of razor wire, are enough to carry you through the film, "Flying Swords" is a bit of a letdown ..."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"The movie is beautifully designed and the action sequences are violent and truly spectacular in a hallucinatory way."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Although there is some enjoyment to be found in Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, it's a wuxia film that is mostly very messy in every sense of the word."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"While the technology is a dampener and the plotting burdensome, Flying Swords has enough charm and pizzazz to merit a good time at the movies."
‑ Jay Antani, Paste Magazine
"The plot is secondary. "Flying Swords" is to be seen for its eye-popping action."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"IMAX 3D turns a slightly above-average "wuxia" ("martial hero" action thriller) into an epic extravaganza."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It's nonsense, but somehow irresistible."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"Flying Swords has style to burn but a story that's both too chaotic for its own good and at times overly familiar."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The toys of 3D and Imax give martial-arts master Tsui Hark license to go berserk for two hours with flying things and non-stop action"
‑ Kirk Honeycutt,
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