Flying Swords joins IMAX rush
By Patrick Frater
Wed, 17 August 2011, 23:46 PM (HKT)
Martial arts action film Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 龍門飛甲 (2011) will be presented in a 3-D IMAX version as well as standard 3-D digital.
The film, directed by TSUI Hark 徐克 and produced by Bona Entertainment Co Ltd 博納影視娛樂有限公司, will be released in both formats in time for the peak Christmas releasing season. At a press conference in Beijing, Bona CEO Yu Dong specified 18 Dec as the release date.
China has accounted for two of the three non English-language feature films made to date — Aftershock 唐山大地震 (2010) and Beginning of the Great Revival 建黨偉業 (2011) — but neither was available in 3-D. The only other Asian film presented in 3-D IMAX is South Korea's Sector 7 ７광구 (2011).
Like the Korean film, Flying Swords was shot in native 3-D, making the conversion to IMAX wide-screen significantly easier.
Long-limbed drama is surprisingly moving without being a simple tearjerker.
Beginning of the Great Revival
Cameo-studded blockbuster is a notch down on Republic but still a savvy big-screen experience.
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Enjoyably retro swordplay antics, with a superb cast but a weak finale.
A B-grade monster movie wrapped up in an A-grade budget.
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