“DRAGON INN” Flies Again!Movies/TV,News Fangoria Staff
Director King Hu 1967 wuxia film classic DRAGON INN leaps back into theaters this Friday, May 6th in a new, beautifully restored 4K digital transfer from the original film elements! Courtesy of Janus Films, DRAGON INN opens in New York at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and in Los Angeles at the Landmark Nuart Theater, with national roll-out to follow.
DRAGON INN’s spectacular flying fight sequences helped launch China’s wuxia genre and influenced such films as CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS to name a few, in addition to the movies of Quentin Tarantino (especially the KILL BILL duo and even THE HATEFUL EIGHT). DRAGON INN’s plot served as a template for countless martial arts movies that followed…
During the Ming Dynasty, the Emperor’s Minister of Defense is framed and executed by a powerful court eunuch, and his family is forced into exile and pursued by secret police. As the chase ensues, a mysterious band of strangers begins to gather at the remote Dragon Gate Inn, where paths (and swords) will cross.
With its use of gorgeous, vast, open-air landscapes, creatively choreographed fight scenes and innovative editing that make its protagonists appear to literally fly through the air, DRAGON INN rewrote the rules of the genre. Wu’s restored three-hour DRAGON INN follow-up, the epic A TOUCH OF ZEN, continues to make the repertory theater rounds as well. For more info on playdates for either Wu film, see HERE. Prepare to lose your head over these dynamic movies!