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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

[7.25/10] The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)

The Flying Swords of
Dragon Gate (2011)


QuickRating: It's overstuffed with characters, the pacing is uneven and Jet Li is wildly underused, but "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" makes up for its lack of coherence with spectacular sandy scenery, amazing costumes, and frenetic, wonderfully-choreographed action sequences, that while a little heavy on CGI and somewhat cartoonish, are exciting and entertaining to watch as is the movie itself.


6 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like my kind of movie!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, you should definitely check this one out. It's a bit convoluted, but still great and action-packed.

Melissa Bradley said...

I love a fun, escapist martial arts film and this one sounds like it was just a good time in spite of the flaws you mentioned. I'll give this one a shot as soon as I can.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Mel, I do too. I think you might enjoy this one, despite the confused narrative. Also give Wu Xia a shot.

The Grim Reaper said...

In history of flying and aviation many great people left their marks throughout the ages, from the uneasy start to the modern day experiements in improving mankind's transportation and bringing us closer to technological perfection.

In history of martial arts movies a particular sub-genre is aiming towards new hights, presenting fantasy myths and legends (and powerful love element too) where good & bad are in constant clash and strive for air superiority - wu xia pian movies combine different segments wrapped in ethereal cloth, floating gracefully in thin air, thus defying gravity and laws of physics with such ease, that made it believable. It most certanly gives to "I believe I can fly" a new meaning... 

To me this genre was (and still is) full of unrealistic display and exagerrated human emotion, no matter how pure and clean they were supposed to be. And here it is the last seen effort in that direction, given to me by Tsui Hark in collaboration with Jet Li & Fan Siu Wong - Flying Swords of Dragon Gate...

Read all at - Martial Arts

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

The Grim Reaper, благодаря, ще го прочета при първа въможност. ;) Surprised, huh? :)