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Dragon Tiger Gate
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Manufacturer: Tai Seng
Starring: Chen Kuan-Tai, Yuen Wah, Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Alan Lam
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5Average rating of 4.0/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0507118980021
Format: Color
Label: Tai Seng
Manufacturer: Tai Seng
Number Of Items: 2
Publisher: Tai Seng
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2007-11-27
Running Time: 94
Studio: Tai Seng
Theatrical Release Date: 2006

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Summary: Nutritious as a bag of chips - and equally tasty
Comment: Dragon Tiger Gate goes down easy. It doesn't ask a lot (except in the middle) and delivers a pleasing visual aesthetic and plenty of action.

Here we have all the features of a typical Hong Kong martial arts film: a school of Kung Fu caught up in the feuding between rival clans of gangsters, a conflicted lead with a true heart, an emphasis on action, and only the most rudimentary elements of plot, character, or theme. The middle section plods along wearily connecting the dots of the story, but really, no one is watching this for the romance or the drama, and that's just as well because the script and the acting don't manage to evoke even a hint of empathy for its characters.

Where the film shines is in its sets, costuming, direction, and choreography. There's probably not much here that hasn't been done before, except perhaps for the bird's eye view of a three-room fight, with the camera panning back and forth across the rooms and down the hallway, and in making the head gangster of Hong Kong a comic-book villain in a cape and mask who lives in castle-like fortress with suitably moody lighting. The leads are coiffed and dressed in the androgynous style popular across East Asia, and hang out in trendy looking homes and neighborhoods.

See this one with your brain turned off, a beer in one hand, and the remote (for skipping through the middle chapters) in the other.


Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Donnie Yen does it again!
Comment: Martial arts fans have been searching and searching... waiting for a GOOD movie to come out that has that perfect mix of storyline AND action. Where choreography and plot are prioritized. In Dragon Tiger Gate, Donnie Yen does a comic-turned movie where there is a perfect blend of story and martial arts. The mixture of fighting styles in this movie is superb and executed with finesse. Donnie is his usual "cool" self and proves once again, why he is the "underground" martial arts movie master!

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: for all of us emotionally scarred by the film Double Dragon...
Comment: ...buy this film. If you loved the Double Dragon arcades & Double Dragon II for the NES and you were just hurt at the approach of Double Dragon in theaters especially casting a member of Patry Of Five to play Billy a.k.a. Bimmy...you need this film to be complete again! If you love martial arts films in the modern day dress attire minus the traditional robe wear, this is for you. Except it was weird that in the flashback to when they were kids they still had the same wardrobe...I mean, who dressed like they do in present day back in the day?...sorry but parents rarely give their kids exactly what they will look like 10 or 14 yaers in the future at the moment...weird. BACK ON TRACK NOW! Those who love martial arts action including the fantasy special power moves, this one is great for you. (Super Sentai fans will enjoy) If you like anime you love that this film is based off of a comic and they have hair in their face when they are talking and fighting but still that will not limit their much needed vision! (most non-anime people will adjust or not) I'm glad this is a Tai Seng release and not some bigger release label because then they might slap on some dumb down advertiser on it like "if you liked Kill Bill or Iron Monkey", or even a "Quentin Tarantino Presents..." (sorry QT fans but QT had little to do with Hero unlike Guillermo Del Toro presenting the Orphanage and actually taking part in its make) then you will pleased with this release.

Tai Seng rocks, Dragon Dynasty peops are almost as good. Martial Arts fans get or check out this film!

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Summary: Attack of the martial arts Metrosexuals!
Comment: Punches and kicks send people flying 20 times further than scientifically possible. Spinning Nunchuku really, really(really, really) fast creates a protective and devastating forcefield. The leader of organized crime in China wears a cape and iron mask. Men sport God-given names like Dragon, Tiger and(wait for it...) Turbo. The tougher you are, the bigger your flare jeans are at the bottom and the tinier your pastel colored tank top is. Most importantly though, it's much better to fight with huge bangs constantly covering your eyes. Welcome to the world of Dragon Tiger Gate, where that guy you accidentally just hit on because you thought it was a girl from behind... could kill you with one blow(punch that is folks... let's keep it clean here!). Everything I just wrote above is A) completely true, and B) had me feeling that this movie couldn't possibly offer anything that I would actually enjoy watching for 90 or so minutes. Well, thanks to excellent choreography by star Donnie Yen and ultra stylish direction from Wilson Yip(and the ability to put my brain on cruise control) the movie defiantly proved to be a good time. Dragon Tiger Gate tells the story of two brothers who were seperated as youngsters due to divorce and the Gate, a martial arts academy that their father co-founded. As they got older, Dragon(played by Yen) ended up on the wrong side of justice, while younger brother Tiger(played by Nicholas Tse) stayed true to the moral fortitude taught to him. A chance encounter in a restaurant between the two after many years, sets things in motion for the rest of the film. Based on a Chinese comic book, the movie, it's characters, and the plot will most likely leave viewers less versed in Asian cinema scratching their heads. Still, if you like martial arts action then the movie should provide the goods... even if you don't completely comprehend the "why's" and "how's" of the proceedings. The action itself really is very good, and offers a nice mix of more grounded fighting(including an awesome scene with Donnie using a bo against a three-section-staff and sai wielding pair of assassins) as well as some more over the top and special effects laden moments(the finale mostly). The movie seems to be unfairly judged against director Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen's previous pairing SPL(aka Killzone here in the States). True, this movie is far different in style and tone then that previous effort but I can't fault them for trying something unique and different... besides(and most importantly) they still deliver plenty of great action(no single fight compares to either Yen's battles with Wu Jing or Sammo Hung in SPL, however; overall their is more action in this film). If you like action and can get by the overly stylized presentation, Dragon Tiger Gate isn't quite required viewing but is still more than worth a try. Thankfully, Tai Seng has provided a very nice 2-disc special edition of the film that features a crisp and clear widescreen presentation as well as an English dub track and/or clean, visible subtitles(technically speaking, one of Tai Sengs best releases). If nothing else, watching Dragon Tiger Gate will at least make you rethink poking fun at the guy who just got his hair frosted at the beauty salon... he may just spin kick you through a wall(but I'll still take that chance and mock him).

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: crouching hidden dragon tiger
Comment: I like this new generation of martial films because the older ones got boring and cliche. Although i hate high flying CGI crap but this is a bit more on-the-ground fighting. It has a Matrix appeal because of the special effects such as the hard hitting punches or kicks that knocks the opponent through a wall or floor. It is very fast-paced in action. The storyline is great, especially the "flashback" scenes that gave it some depth. Ususally kungfu films have alot more action and less substance but in this film it is balanced. Thank god it didn't have a storyline where the good guys have to save a kidnapped girl. I gave it four stars because it didn't get in depth with the supporting characters as i was hoping. Overall, i rented it and bought it the same day and i don't regret it.

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