The upcoming television adaptation of Flying Swords of Dragon Gate <龍門飛甲>, which stars Nie Yuan (聶遠) and Michelle Ye (葉璇), recently released its first trailer at this year’s Beijing TV Program Fair.
Adapted from Tsui Hark’s (徐克) wuxia film of the same name from 2011, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate takes place in the Ming Dynasty. The story begins when hero Zhao Huai’an (Nie Yuan) decides to take refuge at the Dragon Gate Inn after being pursued by government officials for rescuing one of their captives. There, he is saved from death by the inn’s previous owner, Jin Xiangyu (Michelle Ye), who wants him to leave the mundane world with her.
The newly released ten-minute trailer focuses on the themes of tears, blood, and treasure, all of which come together to form a new interpretation of the well-known Dragon Gate Inn legend. Though the drama’s storyline will follow that of the movie fairly closely, director Cai Jingsheng (蔡晶盛) previously noted that there would be an additional romance between female cross-dresser Yu Huatian (Mao Junjie 毛俊傑) and Hu Zhongyu (Johnny Zhang 張峻寧).
Apart from its top-notch cast and tightly plotted storyline, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate boasts liberal use of aerial photograph technology as well. This filming style deftly captures the intense desert scenes and gives the drama a movie-like feel. It is no wonder that many consider Flying Swords of Dragon Gate one of the most anticipated wuxia dramas of 2014, with many netizens saying that the ten-minute trailer was simply not enough to satisfy them.
Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is currently in post-production and is expected to air this year, with an estimated 40 episodes.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.