Written September 05, 2012
This Tsui Hark is one of the best 3D movies I've seen. Every frame is composed in such a way that the depth and scope of the action is stunning. The cast headed by Jet Li is excellent.
The movie is entertaining and with great rhythm, no dead spots. The subtitles are created in such a way they are easy to read, without distracting from the action.
It will become a classic for Kung Fu fans. It is also a movie to be studied by Hollywood filmakers as an example of how 3D should be created.
Written September 05, 2012
Please watch Dragon Inn (the one with Donnie Yen) produced in 1992. If you don't there will be some parts of Flying Swords you won't understand. This is considered a sequel to the 1992 film.
(1) The IMAX 3D rendition is one of the most stunning I've seen since Transformers. Just for that alone I'm definitely going to buy the Blu-ray 3D version of this film. (2) The film managed to incorporate many hilarious moments just like the 1992 film. (3) The translation is decent if you can read the subtitle fast enough. (4) Just like 1992 film there was a climatic twist toward the end of the movie.
(1) Very poor choice of returning characters from 1992 film, namely Jet Li and Zhou Xun. They don't match the 1992 film characters at all in terms of personality. (2) Many minor flaws in the film that defy normal logic. (3) It's spoken Mandarin Chinese. It's a nightmare to read subtitle and watch the film at the same time.
But overall this is must see movie
Written September 01, 2012
If you like Kung Fu movies then do not miss seeing this in IMAX 3D. It is above average for a Kung Fu flick, but the experience at IMAX elevated the movie to a much higher level. Warning: the subtitles are in a horrible color. Note to subtitlers...yellow with a black border works best.
Written September 02, 2012
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate was breathtaking. The action was fantastic, and the 3D effects were the best since Avatar. (My friend, differs, he said it was better.) Never the less, you don't have to be a kung fu fan to love this film. It is an epic adventure. No simpering females here, the women are warriors as well. The always excellent Jet Li brings depth and pathos to his role, while offering spectacular action. Tsui Hark is a master filmmaker and he continues to bring it. This is a great film. Run, do not walk to see it!
Written September 06, 2012
Thanks to whoever spearheaded the movement to have this play in the US at select theaters. It was a blast to see - the IMAX/3D was ridiculous! The story is a bit convoluted, but that all ties in with the original 1992 Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung film. It helps if you saw that one, but is not totally necessary. Thanks again - it was wonderful to see a kung fu on this size and scope. Go out and support this so we have more martial arts movies on the big screen, like in Jackie & Jet's heyday! And yes as reviewers noted, it does take a little time to get used to the subtitles, which should have been in yellow.