Dragon Tiger Gate
Dragon Tiger Gate is a 2006 Hong Kong martial arts-action film directed by Wilson Yip and featuring fight choreography by Donnie Yen, who also stars in the film. The film is based on the popular Hong Kong manhua, Oriental Heroes, which bears the same Chinese name as the movie.
Pretty entertaining and very over the top silly. Had some cool fighting moments. Don't take this movie seriously.
Not near the film I was hoping as the last half dwindles into cliche character arcs, outrageous fantasy elements, and a villain that defies logic. And it started out so good! Full review pending.
Is this the best Dragon Tiger Gate can offer?
While the film is visually stunning and has some superbly choreographed fight scenes, I found the narrative to be too poorly structured for my taste. The martial arts is of the super-powered variety and the final battle is as epic as one would expect. If you do watch this you shouldn't be disappointing by the action, if it's super-powered martial arts you're looking for, it just doesn't offer much else. Donnie Yen still comes off as one of the greatest martial artists working in film today of course. He just can't help it.
A couple of semi decent fight scenes cannot make up for a truly terrible script, coupled with overly melodramatic storytelling and what can only be described as a bizarre pantomime villain who seems to have escaped from an episode of Power Rangers.
This film's plot is somewhat similar to the one in Oriental Heroes, a popular Hong Kong comics/manhua where the central character is Tiger Wong. Like you all watched, the film effects are mostly comical. Great movie, besides starring as the actor, Donnie Yen also served as the fighting choreographer.