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Film / Dragon Tiger Gate

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Dragon Tiger Gate is a 2006 martial arts action film starring Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse. It is based on the manhua Oriental Heroes.

It is the story primarily of two half-brothers, Dragon and Tiger, separated at a young age. The younger Tiger was raised at the titular dojo, whereas Dragon was adopted by a mob boss after his mother's death. Years later, the two of them come into conflict by chance. A third warrior, Turbo Shek, eventually joins the fight as well and they eventually band together to take on Shibumi and the Luocha Gang.


This film contains examples of:

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Pretty much everyone to some degree.
    • Turbo Shek seems to play it straightest, but is eventually subverted by the fact that his arrogance is largely faked because he was tired of being bullied.
    • Dragon is a much quieter example, more of a "Confident" Kung Fu Guy rather than "Arrogant"
    • Shibumi plays it very straight.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Both at the Dragon Tiger Gate (with Master Wong) and with villainous Luocha Cult (with Shibumi).
  • Bad Boss: Shibumi fatally wounds Luocha, presumably for failing to keep Dragon from interfering with the assassination of Ma Kun. As an added bit of cruelty, he gives her a medicine that can heal most any wound... and forces her to give it to the man whom she loves
  • Batter Up!: Ma Kun's weapon in his sole fight. Justified since he was watching his daughter play softball and it was the only weapon on hand.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Dragon comes in to save the day when Turbo and Tiger seem defeated in the Final Battle.
  • Blade on a Stick: Mater Wong's weapon of choice versus Shibumi.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Both Master Wong and Dragon have blood dripping from their mouth after being stabbed in the guts.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Dragon arrives too late to save Ma Kun
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience / Limited Wardrobe: For easy distinction, Dragon wears a blue shirt, Tiger wears a light brown leather jacket plus red shirt and Turbo sports silver hair.
  • Crater Power: No wall is left unharmed during the Final Battle.
  • Creator Cameo: Master Qi is played by the author of the original manhua.
  • The Cameo: Chen Kuan-tai, veteran key player of Shaw Brothers, as Ma Kun.
  • Death Is Dramatic: Slow motion sequence when Dragon (child) loses his mother in a fire.
  • The Dragon: Dragon to Ma Kun until he leaves the gang.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Dragon and Tiger each have half of a jade pendant. Naturally, it's how they recognize each other.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Turbo Shek. His right eye is usually covered by his hair. Considering he intentionally shows the Rugged Scar on his left eye, this is likely intentional to draw attention to his scar.
  • Redemption Equals Death: For trying to leave the Luocha Gang, Shibumi has Ma Kun killed.
  • Rugged Scar: Invoked by Turbo Shek. He has a scar on his face that he gave to himself in order to seem tougher and make others respect him.
  • Rule of Three: Dragon, Tiger and Turbo.
  • Sadistic Choice: Shibumi gives Luocha a medicine that can heal any wound, and tells her to give it to the man she loves... and then fatally wounds her as well, so she has to choose between healing Dragon, or herself. Of course, she chooses Dragon.
  • Sai Guy: One of the Double Devils uses a pair of sai. As usual, they're shown to be pointed, whereas real sai are blunt.
  • Simple Staff: Apparently Dragon's Weapon of Choice, as he uses one the only time he shows up to a fight armed.
  • The Starscream: Scaly tries turning on both Dragon and Ma Kun at different times, and gets beaten for it each time.
  • Three-Point Landing: Dragon does this in the final battle
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: Played with, but ultimately averted. Though they do fight multiple times in the movie and begin on opposite sides, Tiger and Dragon are ultimately very close and friendly.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Turbo and Tiger after training with Master Qi, Dragon takes a less obvious one after being healed by Luocha.
  • Worthy Opponent: Shibumi seeks out strong fighters. After Dragon defeats the Double Devils Shibumi considers him one. He also considers Master Wong enough of one to kill him after defeating him, while he spared Turbo and Tiger because they were Not Worth Killing.