DVD 99 mins IMDB 7.1
Suitable for 18 years and over
New Dragon Gate Inn [1992]
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Action, Foreign, Martial Arts
Hong Kong  /  Cantonese

Tony Leung Ka Fai Chow Wai-on
Brigitte Lin Yau Mo-yan
Maggie Cheung Jade King
Cheung-Yan Yuen Iron
Donnie Yen Tsao Siu Yan
Xin Xin Xiong Ngai
Shi-Kwan Yen Ho Fu
Lawrence Ng Siu-Chuen
Chi Fai Chan
Shun Lau Cha

Director Siu-Tung Ching; Hark Tsui; Raymond Lee
Producer Hark Tsui; Xiao Yi Wu
Writer Cheung Tan; Hark Tsui

New Dragon Gate Inn is the DVD title of the 1992 swordplay adventure Dragon Inn, producer Tsui Hark's follow-up to Once Upon a Time in China and Swordsman 2 (both 1991). In the wake of the huge success of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon it is a film ripe for rediscovery. A pair of warriors (Brigitte Lin and Tony Leung), who only admit their love when it is too late, have to rescue two children from the clutches of a corrupt warlord. Fleeing through the vast, highly pictorial desert, they seek shelter in the isolated Dragon Inn run by the man-eating Maggie Cheung (traveller's tip, don't try the "mixed meat"). The scene is set for intrigue, romance and exhilarating wirework, as our heroes wait for the enemy to arrive in what is essentially the classic High Noon scenario. The build-up isn't always coherent, though that may have something to do with the subtitles, which are unnecessarily crude. Despite this the production values and high-flying fights are first-rate and the two actresses make the film, particularly the devilishly sexy Maggie Cheung. The final showdown in a desert storm is breathtaking.

On the DVD: In the cinemas this was an absolutely gorgeous 2.35:1 widescreen film, which here has been reformatted to 16:9 TV ratio, sacrificing important visual information at either side and significantly damaging the stunning cinematography. Enough survives to indicate just how beautiful the complete images are, and the anamorphically enhanced 1.77:1 transfer is sharp and clean on exterior shots, though some of the dimly lit interiors display considerable grain. Although only mono the sound is full and free from distortion, providing a good showcase for the atmospheric score. The film can be watched with the original Mandarin soundtrack and English subtitles, or dubbed. Included is an interview with Donnie Yen and detailed text biographies of the two female stars. The music promo is Hong Kong Legends' own trailer, included together with five further trailers for other releases. The original theatrical trailer is also present, and no matter what screen setting it is played at, everything looks vertically compressed. However, change the DVD player setting from widescreen to 4:3 letterbox and the trailer plays in the correct 2.35:1 proportions, confirming how the film was really shot. Though the DVD packaging bills this edition of Dragon Inn as the full-length original version though there is no explanation of what footage has been restored from previous releases. --Gary S. Dalkin

Edition Details
Barcode 5032438503742
Region 2
Release Date 17/07/2000
Screen Ratio 1.78:1
Subtitles English
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
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