Dragon Inn

  • 111'
  • Taiwan
  • 1967

The epitome of a 1960s wuxia movie. The storyline and characters in Dragon Inn are very simple, a triumph of Hu’s distinctive style. The action centres on the comings and goings of a small guesthouse, with particular attention paid to the props and set. As the film progresses, characters move in and out of the guesthouse and the fighting becomes increasingly intense. The scenes are precisely executed and varied, never once becoming repetitive, despite the close focus on the guesthouse.

Hu was an expert in creating special effects to show feats of superhuman ability, producing some fast, fierce, and truly jaw-dropping fight scenes. As a martial arts film, Dragon Inn far surpassed anything else in its era, elevating the martial arts genre to a status far beyond what it had ever achieved before.

Made possible by the Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute

Part of the 25 Encounters programme to be released on IFFR Unleashed, Dragon Inn is also the closing film of IFFR's 51st edition

Director
King Hu
Country of production
Taiwan
Production Year
1967
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
111'
Medium
Digital
Original title
Long men kezhan
Language
Mandarin
Producer
L.S. Chang
Production Company
Union Film Company
Sales
Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute (TFAI)
Screenplay
King Hu
Cinematography
Hua Hui-ying
Editor
Chen Hung Min
Production Design
Chou Chi-liang
Sound Design
Chang Hua
Music
Zhou Lanping
Cast
Shih Chun, Shangkuan Ling-fung, Bai Ying, Miao Tien

Programme IFFR 2022

25 Encounters

Anniversary programme 25 Encounters presents 25 films over the course of three months, beginning on 6 February 2022. The films were selected by the 25 duos, during their special encounter in which they reflected on cinema, film festivals, and art in its broadest form. This eclectic collection consists of films by (amongst others) Chantal Akerman, Janicza Bravo, Raoul Peck, and Roy Andersson.

Read more about this programme