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    Unique ID Code: 0000011933
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 19/12/2000 20:44
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    New Dragon Gate Inn (UK)

    7 / 10
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    Fans of Jet Li`s "Swordsman 2" will love it!
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 99 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    Synopsis:
    Bursting with energy, hyper-kinetic fight-action and stunning imagery, New Dragon Gate Inn tells the story of fabled resistance fighter, Zhou Huaian, and his heroic struggle against despotic eunuch and master swordsman Cao Shao-qin, played with considerable menace by martial-arts supermo Donnie Yen.

    New Dragon Gate Inn, is an atmospherically tense action-drama packed to the brim with amazing fight sequences, awe-inspiring cinematography, and nail-bitting drama. The final fight sequence shot in the Gobi desert is an adrenaline-pumping masterpiece, which is undoubtedly one of the most memorable scenes in any Hong Kong movie.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Music Promo
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    Donnie Yen Interview
    Biography Showcase
    Production Photo Gallery

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 Cantonese

    Subtitle Tracks:
    English

    Directed By:
    Hark Tsui
    Raymond Lee
    Siu-Tung Ching

    Written By:

    Starring:
    Lawrence Ng
    Yan Yee Kwan
    Xin Xin Xiong
    Donnie Yen
    Cheung-Yan Yuen
    Maggie Cheung
    Brigitte Lin
    Tony Leung Ka Fai

    Producer:
    Hark Tsui

    Distributor:
    Hong Kong Legends

    Your Opinions and Comments

    7 / 10
    New Dragon Gate Inn is one of those rare Chinese action films that actually has a plot and makes sense (well, most of the time anyway). It centres around the "New Dragon Gate Inn", with some top performances from Donnie Yen as the bad guy, and Maggie Cheung.

    The film is very different to others in the Hong Kong Legends collection. It is not the usual Martial Arts fighting, but more a fantasy swordsplay adventure, based in the inn of the title. It is not one of the best films I have ever seen, but it is still very enjoyable.

    The picture is of good quality for a Chinese film, although it is a little soft sometimes. It is presented in a 1.78:1 ratio with an anamorphic print. The film is 8 years old so the print must have been kept in good condition.

    Audio is a liitle more disappointing. Unlike other all the other HKL titles, New Dragon Gate Inn only has one audio track. Thankfully, this is the original Cantonese track (In 2 channel Dolby Digital, although there is no use of rear speakers), and not an awful dubbed one. It would have been nice to have an English dub as an option though. There are English subtitles (which can be turned on and off), so you have no worries about having to learn Cantonese just to watch the film.

    Extra features are the usual in the HKL range - a few music promos for the other films in the collection, a trailer for New Dragon Gate Inn, a short interview with Donnie Yen (including footage of The New Big Boss - class), and the standard photo collection and biographies.

    Overall, a good film, well worth seeing if you like fantasy swordsplay and don`t mind Cantonese soundtracks.
    posted by Chris Legg on 29/12/2000 19:08
    6 / 10
    Dragon gate inn is okay average movie, bit arse. Don`t expect much. Hey but the The New Big Boss clip is well wicked man.

    Only one stream audio which is Cantonese no english dubbed. Get Iron Monkey its much better. Oh yeah plenty of trailers from other movies cept trailer music is well annoyin.
    posted by Kung Lao on 15/1/2002 23:09
    7 / 10
    This had all the makings of a classic. Great plot, directing, acting, locations and script. Where the fault lies is in the editing. A martial arts movie needs to have decent action scenes and though well constructed, you never get the chance to see them fully as the editing destroys it. A real pity as this was a genuinely good film.
    Nonetheless, some people will still enjoy it. If you can overcome the style and also lack of action scenes, you will enjoy this. The DVD has a good transfer and useful extras.
    posted by morpheus177 on 22/12/2002 17:00