Jet Li Cast in Kung Fu Epic Titled 'Flying Swords of Dragon Gate'
by Alex Billington
October 15, 2010
Oh boy, here we go again. Even though he once said, years ago while making Fearless, that he'd never star in a martial arts epic again, the Associated Press (via MarketSaw) reports that Jet Li has been cast in exactly that - a "new 3-D kung fu epic" title Flying Swords of Dragon Gate. It's being directed by veteran Kong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark (The Blade, Once Upon a Time in China III & V + TV Series, Seven Swords, All About Women ) and will also star China's Zhou Xun and Chen Kun, Taiwan's Kwai Lun-mei and Mavis Fan. It has a modest budget of around $35 million and is being planned for release in December 2011. Read on!
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate's story is apparently inspired by Tsui's 1992 martial arts film Dragon Inn, which revolves around a face-off between the imperial agents and a warrior couple at a desert inn. Shooting has already begun in China. So they've worked together before, and maybe Tsui convinced him to shoot this? Or maybe he's returning because he loves doing it, who cares, Jet Li is awesome, and it'll be great to see him starring in another new martial arts epic. Although if you saw The Expendables, he is getting just a little bit old nowadays. Anyway, even if you don't like Jet Li returning again, apparently this freight train has already started running, and there's no stopping it. We'll let you know when we hear more about this! Thoughts?