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Dragon Inn

King Hu

 
Dragon Inn (Criterion Blu-Ray)

10 Jul 2018

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Taiwan
  • 1967
  • 111 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Mandarin
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  • Spine #937

The art of martial-arts filmmaking took a leap into bold new territory with this action-packed tale of Ming-dynasty intrigue. After having the emperor’s minister of defense executed, a power-grabbing eunuch sends assassins to trail the victim’s children to a remote point on the northern Chinese border. But that bloodthirsty mission is confounded by a mysterious group of fighters who arrive on the scene, intent on delivering justice and defending the innocent. The first film King Hu made after moving to Taiwan from Hong Kong in search of more creative freedom, Dragon Inn combines rhythmic editing, meticulous choreography, and gorgeous widescreen compositions with a refinement that was new to the wuxia genre. Its blockbuster success breathed new life into a classic formula and established Hu as one of Chinese cinema’s most audacious innovators.

Cast

Xiao ShaoziShih Chun
Miss ChuShangkuan Ling-fung
Cao ShaoqinBai Ying
Pi ShaotangMiao Tian
Mao ZongxianHan Ying-chieh
Chu ChiHsieh Han
Wu NingTsao Chien
BookkeeperGao Ming
DuolaWan Chung-shan
Gui YuzhangKo Fei
Yu QianWen Tian
Yu Qian’s daughterHsu Feng

Credits

DirectorKing Hu
Written byKing Hu
Executive producerSha Yung-fong
ProducerL. S. Chang
Production managerYang Shih-ching
CinematographyHua Hui-ying
MusicZhou Lan-ping
Set designerChou Chih-liang
Set decoratorMao Wei
EditorChen Hung-min
Costume designerLi Chia-chih
Martial-arts choreographerHan Ying-chieh
LightingChi Hsieh-fu
First assistant directorTu Chung-hsun

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Hua Hui-ying, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Shangkuan Ling-fung
  • Interview from 2016 with actor Shih Chun
  • Scene analysis by author and New York Asian Film Festival cofounder Grady Hendrix
  • Newsreel footage of the film’s 1967 premiere in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Andrew Chan

Other Editions

Dragon Inn (Criterion DVD)

10 Jul 2018

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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