Dragon Inn

Dragon Inn

Directed by King Hu • 1967 • Taiwan

The art of martial-arts filmmaking took a leap into bold new territory with this action-packed tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue. After having the emperor’s minister of defense executed, a power-grabbing eunuch sends assassins to trail the victim’s children to a remote point on the northern Chinese border. But that bloodthirsty mission is confounded by a mysterious group of fighters who arrive on the scene, intent on delivering justice and defending the innocent. The first film King Hu made after moving to Taiwan from Hong Kong in search of more creative freedom, DRAGON INN (LONG MEN KEZHAN) combines rhythmic editing, meticulous choreography, and gorgeous widescreen compositions with a refinement that was new to the wuxia genre. Its blockbuster success breathed new life into a classic formula and established Hu as one of Chinese cinema’s most audacious innovators.

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Dragon Inn
  • Dragon Inn

    Directed by King Hu • 1967 • Taiwan

    The art of martial-arts filmmaking took a leap into bold new territory with this action-packed tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue. After having the emperor’s minister of defense executed, a power-grabbing eunuch sends assassins to trail the victim’s children to a...

Extras

  • The Phoenix Rises

    Conducted in 2018, this interview features actor Shangkuan Ling-fung recalling her work on DRAGON INN with director King Hu.

  • Making History

    Filmed in 2016, this program featuring Shih Chun details the actor’s experiences making DRAGON INN.

  • Art in Action

    In this 2018 program, Grady Hendrix, author and cofounder of the New York Asian Film Festival, discusses director King Hu’s aesthetic sensibility via analysis of a scene from DRAGON INN.

  • Premiere Newsreel

    Filmed in 1967 in Taipei, this newsreel footage details the box-office success and cultural impact of DRAGON INN upon its release.