That Tsui Hark, one of a small number of truly gifted visual directors, is working on a 3D film is certainly good news. That it is a remake of 1992’s Dragon Inn and will star Jet Li and feature action choreography by Yuen Bun is just icing on the cake.
And it sounds as if all involved are putting some thought into how they will be shooting this wushu extravaganza in 3D. In a recent interview pointed out by Bleeding Cool, Hark stated-
There are three major criteria pertaining to wushu choreography, the exquisiteness and difficulty level of the moves, the set up as a whole, and how to use film to show the characteristics and principles behind wushu. 3D brings about a whole new visual experience, and would ultimately result in actions designed originally for 2D filming losing impact, so, we can’t simply import these three points based on traditional ways of filming, but have to come up with actions that are most suitable for 3D showcase.
The sublime state in swordplay only exists in legends, for it’s hard to reach such a perfect swordplay level, only very, very few can accomplish it. As Jet Li is the one using sword this time around, we are able to go out all in designing some even more demanding, new-wave swordplay, and given his experience and calibre, he would definitely not let us down.
Flying Swords Of Dragon Inn is just finishing up filming. Unfortunately there seems to be no US distribution in place yet.