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Film / Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

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A 2011 Wuxia film directed by Tsui Hark and starring Jet Li (among others) set in the Ming Dynasty, and shot in 3D

Zhou Huai'an (Jet Li) is a vigilante waging a war against the corrupt eunuchs of the Imperial Court. The Eunuchs are divided between East Bureau and West Bureau, both equally corrupt though West Bureau is clearly the more powerful. A pregnant woman escapes from the Imperial Court and is hunted down by West Bureau because of the possibility (however remote) she might be carrying the Emperor's child.

From there, things get strange.

It is a remake/sequel to the 1992 film New Dragon Gate Inn. Which, itself, was a remake/sequel of the 1967 Dragon Gate Inn.

This film contains examples of

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Yu Huatian has one that goes through solid rock.

  • Action Girl: Several. Ling Yanqiu, the innkeeper, that Blade Enthusiast woman with the throwing knives that catch each other...
  • Dark Action Girl: Even Su Huirong, the woman they've all been after.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: The ex-female innkeeper is in love with Zhou, who cares for her immensely but clearly does not return her affections. Meanwhile Feng Li Dao used to be in a relationship with his companion, who still likes him but hides it behind being strictly business. The current inkeeper meanwhile is infatuated with Feng despite his buttmonkey status while H'ganta is in love with her. Surprisingly, the only couple that gets together in the end is Feng Li Dao and the current innkeeper, who ride off to the capital leaving the former's companion frustrated, the latter's second in command H'ganta upset, and Zhou chasing after the ex- innkeeper, who is about to die from her wounds.