An aged, but impelling addition to the great King Hu’s credible filmography. It’s hard to believe “Dragon Inn” is just about under two hours, and within its satisfying time, Hu balances quintessential set pieces of awesome swordsman choreography with high played suspense.
What’s to be truly admired is the film’s setting, the deaths and countless schemes taking course in one minoscule Inn. His composition is distinctive and every small detail is precisely noted. The drama evolving the Enuch, his agents, and the escaped victims of a loss family lucidly explores rich dimensions to a cultivating climax.
It is shortly before “The Touch of Zen”, and is quite frankly, a prematured grandeur, proving King Hu is undoubtably the master of the Wuxia genre. This is an exciting feat to witness.