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Remaking old classics is a staple of the movie industry. And since the Hongkong Kongfu movie "New Dragon Inn" left such a memorable impression 20 years ago, it's no surprise that the 2011 3D film "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" recalls that by-gone hit. But now the classic has also been reborn with its own high-tech enhancement.
"New Dragon Inn" had a star-studded cast, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Donnie Yen and Tony Leung. Behind the camera, Chun Siutung was action director and the supervisor was Tsui Hark who went on to shoot the 3D sequel "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate." However, it was producer Ng See-yuen of the movie that decided to revive the classic.
Ng See Yuen, producer, said, "There have been hundreds of Kongfu movies over the past twenty years. But few have managed to remain in people's hearts. This film is very important and worth my efforts to bring it back to life. It's like a child to me."
The new edition costs 2 years and 2 million yuan, a little bit more than 300 thousand US dollars. Sounds are turned stereophonic and colors are brighter. To Ng, the significance is far more than that.
Ng said, "It's a trend in the world to revive old classics. Few succeed. I think it is more than just money."
Now that a whole generation has grown up watching modern Chinese films, the country's film industry has caught on to the revival fever.
On one hand, this may suggest that the old favorites have a lasting vitality that continues to thrill fans. On the other, new movies face a challenge --- How can they keep up with a classic and still go beyond?
Poster of "New Dragon Inn"
|1. Seeking Mr. Right|
2. Princess and Seven Kung Fu Masters
3. Ip Man: Final Fight
4. Journey to the West
5. An End to Killing