Watch A Clip From King Hu's DRAGON INN, Coming Soon From Masters Of Cinema
Hitting shelves on 28 September in a dual format release, Dragon Inn is packed with astonishing action sequences and was a direct inspiration for some of Chinese Cinema's finest filmmakers, including Tsui Hark - who remade the film with an all-star cast in 1992 - and Johnnie To.
Details of the supplementary material to be featured on this already essential release will be announced in due course, but in order to whet our appetites, check out a clip from the film below:A quintessential entryway into the highly stylized, tightly choreographed wuxia genre of martial arts cinema, Dragon Inn was a global breakthrough for the form's greatest practitioner, King Hu. Its influence remains incalculable, from its annihilation of traditional expectations of what kind of role an actress should inhabit (also chipped away at by Hu's previous masterpiece Come Drink with Me), to the formation of many of the genre's archetypes -- such as the Eunuch, the Swordswoman, and the Family of Murdered Loyal Officials -- that are still recognizable in the martial arts films of today.It's the middle of the Ming Dynasty. The powerful eunuch Cao (Pai Ying) has killed the Loyal Minister Yu, and Yu's children are exiled to the border, whereupon Cao undertakes efforts to massacre the remnants of the family. As Yu's children take refuge in the Dragon Gate Inn, Xiao the righteous swordsman (Shih Jun) and the surviving loyalists of Minister Yu engage in a series of battles to the death against the forces of the blood thirsty eunuch.