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196 Ratings

Dragon Gate Inn

Long men kezhan

Directed by King Hu
Taiwan, 1967
Action

Synopsis

The epitome of a 1960s wuxia and a must-see by King Hu. Mostly taking place at one location – the inn – the scenes are never repetitive with impressive feats of acrobatics. Dragon Gate Inn elevated the wu xia genre to a whole new status.

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Dragon Gate Inn Directed by King Hu

Awards & Festivals

Golden Horse Film Festival

1968 | Winner: Best Screenplay

1968 | 2nd place: Best Feature Film

What are people saying?

  • joey Noodles's rating of the film Dragon Gate Inn

    Superb wuxia cinema. Hu creates an incredible atmosphere, tension and suspense (especially in the first hour). In that respect it almost rivals Harakiri (which is far superior), his direction is unassuming but he composes every scene with such elegance, the fight scenes are excellently choreographed. Yes, it wanes ever so slightly towards the end, but it has got me excited to see more from Hu. 4/5

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Dragon Gate Inn

    Since when does the hero smile with big white teeth? There's no smiling amongst warriors! Here's the sales pitch: "East Espionage Chamber is known for being evil and vicious, but we do pay very well." It's a bit clunky in terms of the swordplay, but some of the acrobatics are quite nice. It's just not going to be as good as a samurai film.

  • Mtume Gant's rating of the film Dragon Gate Inn

    What I can always say about King Hu films is they are mythology done right. The lead and set up are as exhilarating as the payoff. Its just overall a wonderful experience

  • waywardwaters's rating of the film Dragon Gate Inn

    Cinema’s greatest 'Gesamtkunstwerk': a totality of arts in martial, music, theatre, painting and calligraphy in celebration of a nation's finest culture delineated with the modern medium of film. Operatic with grand leitmotifs in classical tradition of simulated staged-action and cut with the patented technique of 'glimpse', King Hu's yin-styled wuxia (here with utmost heroic bravura) is the pinnacle of filmmaking.

  • Trevs's rating of the film Dragon Gate Inn

    Intense! The first half hour is especially spectacular, once our mysterious man shows up at the inn, and the tension that follows. The preludes to any fight scenes are just as tense and nail baiting as the action itself. The mental mind games and stand offs that leave me throwing my furniture out the window in frustration. The action scenes, especially in the second half, are fluid; utterly beautiful.

  • xuxuxush's rating of the film Dragon Gate Inn

    Not as visually dazzling as A Touch of Zen, but contains more psychological and narrative depth (aside from the ending). The choreography was a joy, and the 侠(xia) was potent. Easy to see how this laid the groundwork for Tsui Hark's astonishing wuxia flicks, including his 1992 New Dragon Gate Inn w/ Brigitte Lin and Maggie Cheung. Watching this in the mostly empty theater, felt like I was in a Tsai Ming Liang film.

  • nouvelle vague 1960's rating of the film Dragon Gate Inn

    My knowledge of martial arts movies is pretty slim,but I found this Taiwanese sword epic very enjoyable. The cinematography is excellent and the soundtrack is reminiscent of 1960's Morricone.Infact,the setting and basic plot has similarities with the Western and the Spaghetti Western in particular.I must check out more of director King Hu's film !

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film Dragon Gate Inn

    Good guys, bad guys, roaming heroes, deceptively unassuming innkeepers, poison and eunuchs and standoffs at remote outposts... What's not to love? Gorgeous landscapes, great editing, decent choreography and fantastic score. And Polly Shang-Kwan is badass.

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