Dragon Gate Inn (1966, TIW) C-111m. ** D: King Hu. Starring Shang Kuan, Chun Shih, Bai Ying, Jian Tsao, Hsu Feng. Taiwanese martial arts classic about a family clan, whose head has been executed and who must flee to title place. However, they are not safe from an evil minister's clutches. Plot is too often slow, talky (not to mention confusing), but film should be viewed for King Hu's forceful direction and excellent editing. Owes a bit to the spaghetti westerns of that time (or is it the other way round?). Climactic fight best part. Remade in 1992. Also known as DRAGON INN, and LONG MEN KE ZHEN.


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