Flying Sword of Dragon Gate Inn was a simile remake of the Dragon Gate Inn. The film was shot in IMAX 3D that gave the it a spectacle experience for China. The film had some cool actions scene but overall the film was a bit disappointment to watch. When comparing Flying Sword of Dragon Gate Inn to Dragon Gate Inn it fell way more sort. The biggest disappointment of the film was the usage of CGI. The CGI ruined the fight scene of the film. You could tell the shots in CGI and it looked a cartoon. It really took you out of the film every time there’s an action scene.
When watching Dragon Gate Inn, it felt more ground and real. The martial arts were not cartoony when watching the film. You could make an argument that some of the fight scene for Dragon Gate Inn may not hold up, but still the film does not look so fake. The settings were shot on real locations, while Flying Sword of Dragon Gate Inn’s setting were shot in a studio or sound stage. It did not feel real. King Hu at least shot his films at realistic locations. And the fight scenes were more real and not super over the top with the adding CGI. If there was one positive for Flying Sword of Dragon Gate Inn the main character was played by Jet Li. Even though Jet Li was CGI for his fight scenes, it was still cool to see him acting.
In conclusion, Flying Sword of Dragon Gate Inn was a very disappointed film to watch. With today’s technology, the film could have benefit it to make the remake Dragon Gate Inn looked more modern. But the filmmakers relied too much on the CGI that ended up making the film too fake. Ironically, despite Flying Sword of Dragon Gate Inn had more advance technology, it still failed be on the same level of quality then the original Dragon Gate Inn.