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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Trailering Tsui Hark’s FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE (龙门飞甲)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiKy2NbYlLU&feature=player_embedded

Reports the Reporter, “Imax said it will super-size the $35 million epic Flying Swords of Dragon Gate from China’s Bona Film Group, ahead of a Christmas release. Flying Swords comes from director Tsui Hark, with Jet Li in the lead.” [More press releasery at the link.]

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