Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen)

Critics Consensus

With King Hu's elegant compositions and balletic choreography that never misses a step, Dragon Inn represents a pinnacle in wuxia entertainment.



Total Count: 21


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User Ratings: 215
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Movie Info

The Eunuch of the Emperor has ordered the commander of his army condemned to death for betrayal and insurrection. The commander's family was was murdered to cut off his bloodline, but his two youngest, a son and a daughter, were expelled from the empire to the outlands in an attempt to draw out the commanders confidant and adviser. In order to complete the plan, the Eunuch sent his ultra-secret Black Arrow Troop to assassinate the two remaining children and the advisor. The ambush: to be carried out at the Inn Of Dragon's Gate at the border. The plans fail as journeymen of great swordsmanship turn up at the inn. From that point until the end of the flic many battles take place. This film is a masterpiece of martial arts swords-play and speaks the tune of "The Swordsman" and the "Zatoichi" films. A must see for fans of classic Asian cinema.


Critic Reviews for Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (21)

  • Director King Hu makes kinetic use of the widescreen frame: the action is dominated by gonzo knife throwing, and arrow fire has seldom felt so lethal.

    Jun 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Hu directs his fight sequences with a showman's flair but also a pickpocket's sleight of hand. He puts you inside the action.

    Jun 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • King Hu's masterwork is guaranteed to out-Marvel any of the major blockbusters on this summer's release schedule.

    May 19, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This cast takes the project super seriously even at moments when you can't - and dammit, they'll make you believe.

    May 6, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Violence in "Dragon Inn" is exciting not just because it's choreographed exceptionally well, but because there's a genuine sense of danger and excitement in each fight scenes.

    May 6, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Dragon Inn delivers pure cinematic pleasure. I'm not sure it can be overpraised.

    May 6, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dragon Inn (Long men ke zhen)

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