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Genre: Action/Comics
Starring: Donnie Yen, Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Dong Jie, Li Xiao-ran, Yuen Wah
Director: Wilson Yip Wai-shun
Rating: PG (Fighting Scenes)
Year Made: 2006



- The Making Of
- Shooting Diary
- Trailers



Languages: Chinese
Subtitles: Chinese, English
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Dragon Tiger Gate is a martial arts academy established by three youngsters, Tiger Wong, Dragon Wong and Turbo Shek who strongly believe in justice and truth. The three heroes unknowingly take possession of a gold plaque that holds staff of power of one of the largest Asian criminal organisation - Lousha Gate. They hence become the target of this wicked power and ignite a battle between good and evil..


For Chinese manga fans who live through the 70-late 80s era, they could not have possibly miss out the famous “Dragon Tiger Gate” comic, created by Tony Wong Luk-Wong. This masterpiece of his was deemed as the ever-iconic gem of the Chinese manga.

This “Dragon Tiger Gate” movie, to some, evidently might just have its immediate appeal in question, especially to the audience masses who are neither fans nor enthusiasts in manga field. The timeline, for which its story unfolds in, is not clearly defined at the start and might baffle audience. We apparently have a gongfu movie lost in translation between the old and new century that can be in the near future.

Nevertheless, what it may seem lack, it is fully dispelled by its painstakingly efforts put in the production from the special built setups, intensive martial arts training of the 2 main leads (Nicolas Tse and Shawn Yue) – can be watched from the Making Of and Shooting Diary, real onscreen gongfu action from the 2 young uprising stars and the action choreographer cum main lead as well, Donnie Yen, himself, and finally, bringing quite a close adaptation from the comic. Dragon Tiger Gate movie is one of the fewer recent precious Hong Kong productions that can really stand out in terms of impressive quality and inordinate concerted efforts.

Action, more action, simply more action (carefully choreographed fighting sequences) fully packed the movie from the start to the end. Perhaps so, some room for audience to stop for a breath in the midst of the story plot is carefully devised for more detailed character and story development. It swings the pendulum between sheer action and drama in aspects of brotherly love, friendship and couple relationships. Undoubtedly, the 2 female characters (China actresses, Dong Jie and Li Xiao-ran) add further to the onscreen allure, neutralizing the utmost masculinity.

The trio, Nicolas Tse and Shawn Yue, led by Donnie Yen are all in their top form to display their admiringly well-trained martial arts. Of course, a minor but distinctive virtual sore eye will be the lifelessly stiff slivery- white hair of Turbo Shek (Shawn Yue), who shares the bad hair’s day with Storm (Halle Berry) in her X-men movie. But beyond that, Nicolas and Shawn have brought out the best in each other.

The part about the journey to the Bai Yun Mountain in China in search of Master Qi is philosophical but meaningful.

Little is elaborated on the background of the wicked character, Shibumi. Disappointingly, he still wore his mask till the end – perhaps living up to the ‘evil one behind the mask”.


The Making Of – The usual making of featurette you normally sees on dvds. A quick run through from the action choreographing to interviews with the cast and crew. Weird thing is it don't come equipped with subtitles. So for non-cantonese speakers, you might need an interpreter on hand.

Shooting Diary – The Shooting Diary which consists of three parts are the similar to the ones on the official movie website. Some of the highlights include seeing how the sets are created from scratch in the studios and how the fight scenes are choreograph.

A teaser and a trailer round up the rest of the disc. Not a very comprehensive dvd but this version we are reviewing comes in a nice box packaging though.


Visual on the whole is free of smudges and specks and the audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1. Pity this dvd comes only with Mandarin track, it would be best if the movie can be watched in its original Cantonese dialogue.



Review by Alicia Tee


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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