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Dragon Tiger Gate - A Wilson Yip Film
aka Long Hu Men / Lung Fu Mun

Director - Wilson Yip Wai Sun



Wilson YIP Wai Shun started his career at Cinema City, one of the biggest film studios of Hong Kong in 1980s. He worked as assistant director for many leading directors and has been involved in more than 20 feature films.

His directorial debut, 01:0am (1995) was a box office hit as well as critically acclaimed. His third film Mongkok Story (1996) won the Best Screenplay Award and was selected as a recommended film for the year by the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. Bullets Over Summer (1999) further proved his talent when it won the Jury Award at Changchun Chinese Film Festival and the Best Screenplay Award from the Hong Kong Film Critics Society. As a director, he has 15 films to his credit. The success of his recent films, notably Juliet in Love (2000), Mummy Aged 19 (2002), Leaving Me Loving You (2003), and The White Dragon (2004) has made him one of the most sought after filmmakers in Hong Kong.

Yip also wishes to branch out into other areas of film production, and also devotes a lot of time to writing screenplays.

Director's Statement

While technology advances everyday and Hong Kong society keeps evolving, human relationships have not improved at all. Though Hong Kong citizens are economically much better off than in the 1970s, there is less and less compassion and understanding among people. With a soaring crime rate and all kinds of negative media reports, something vital is lacking in our hometown.

The solution came to me when I turned to the comic book series The Gate of Dragon & Tiger (formerly known as Little Rascal). This well known manga was extremely popular in the 1970s for its striking kung-fu scenes, but more importantly, for the model of unparalleled righteousness that the three heroes upheld.

Like a whole generation in Hong Kong, I grew up with these heroes in the 1970s. To survive in today's fast-paced world, where there's no longer a clear-cut line between right and wrong, I became blinded by fame and fortune. I have almost forgotten these heroes, who shaped my formative years, until by chance, I came across the comics again. The themes of loyalty, bravery, benevolence and righteousness touched my heart anew and I realized that these are the qualities we need most urgently. I want to rekindle these memories for a new generation of film audiences. I hope that while enjoying a thrilling martial arts work, they will also rediscover the lost passion and the righteous spirit of the original manga.


Producer - Raymong Wong Pak Ming



Raymond WONG Pak Ming is Chairman of Mandarin Entertainment (Holdings) Ltd. which was listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange(#009) in 2001. As producer, screenwriter and actor, Wong has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the film industry. Presently he is also Chairman of Movie Producers and Distributors Association of Hong Kong Limited.

In 1980, Wong formed the renowned Cinema City Co., Ltd. with Karl Maka and Dean Shek. The company created an industry phenomenon as it brought out hit after hit for Asian as well as international markets, with classic series like A Better Tomorrow, Aces Go Places, Prison On Fire and The Story of Ah Long, etc. In 1988, he scored yet another hit with The Eight Happiness (1988)which he produced and acted in. It broke all box-office records up to 1988. Between then and 1991 Wong's golden touch continued to bring him box-office success in films such as All's Well End's Well (1992).

In 1991, Wong founded the Mandarin Group of companies. Up to this day, Wong has assumed the producer role in more than 80 titles, such as Bride With White Hair I & II, The Chinese Feast (1999), Phantom Lover (1995), Tristar (1996), Eighteen Springs (1997), Winner Takes All (2000) and Dry Wood Fierce Fire (2002). Wong is also one of the executive producers for the martial arts epic Seven Swords (2005) directed by Tsui Hark.


Producer - Nansun Shi

Awarded by CineAsia as ‘Producer of the Year’ in 2005 and recognized as one of the 50 influential indie filmmakers/players around the world by Variety.com the same year, Nansun Shi’s star is still rising after working in the Asian film scene for over 20 years.


Producer - Yu Dong

As one of the most successful film distributors in China, Yu Dong has broken many domestic distribution records over the last 6 years. In 1999, Yu established the Beijing Bona Culture Communication Company, which later became the Beijing PolyBona Film Distribution Company. Under Yu’s leadership, PolyBona has become the most successful distribution company in China and earned itself the nickname “the Chinese Miramax.” PolyBona has distributed nearly 100 movies in China for a combined box office revenue of USD79.9m (RMB650m). In this way, Yu has become one of the most outstanding managers of domestic film distribution companies.


Styling Consultant - William Chang

Upon graduation from secondary school, Chang worked as a fabric designer and took Art Courses in the University of Hong Kong. He began working as an assistant director after meeting director Tong Shu-Shuen. Since Art Director was not a recognised position at the time, Chang became both Assistant Director and Art Director thus beginning his career as Art Director and Art Consultant.


Composer - Kenji Kawai

Kenji Kawai was recently honored with the prize of ‘Digital Contents of the Year (2004)’, and ‘Best Music Composer’ in the 10th Commemoration Premiere AWD Awards for his work in the Japanese animation feature ‘Innocence’.

Best known for his work in the Japanese animation, ‘Ghost in the Shell’, Kenji Kawai has composed music for over 300 features. Kenji Kawai studied music in Shobi Music Academy, but left after a year and a half to form the band, MUSE, which specialized in fusion rock. After leaving MUSE, Kenji Kawai began to compose music for TV commercials out of a studio set up in his own home. His work for radio actor Yuji Mitsuva’s play was a turning point in his career. Through this project, he met Director Naoko Asari who recommended him to compose original soundtracks for animation features, and thus led Kenji Kawai to a whole new frontier. His most recent work also included Tsui Hark’s ‘Seven Swords’.


Director of Photography - Ko Chiu-Lam

Since Ko joined the camera department in 1988 he has worked on over 30 films, including Tsui Hark’s ‘Green Snake’ which with its strong colours creating an unique atmosphere brings a fresh eye to the well known Chinese legend and perfectly illustrates Ko’s creativity. The other two films of note are ‘Once Upon A Time In China IV’ and ‘Once Upon A Time In China V’ which demonstrates Ko’s total control of large and complex sets, giving him a reputation as a most reliable cameraman. His more recent works include ‘Time And Tide’, ‘Cat And Mouse’ and ‘Colour of Sound’ all of which have been of great acclaim and has made Ko the most sought after cinematographer in the industry.


Production Designer - Mak Kwok-Keung

Mak is one of the most experienced art director working in Hong Kong at the moment. He has worked on films of an expansive variety of subjects managing to show a different style in each of them while always bringing a new and fresh image to each project. More recently he has mainly focused on the art direction of action films including ‘Tokyo Raiders’, ‘Downtown Torpedoes’ and ‘The Accidental Spy’ and is an expert of designing sets that best bring out action scenes.


Production Company

The Mandarin Group of Companies (“Mandarin Group”) was founded in 1991. In addition to film production, Mandarin Group focuses on other core areas of the film industry from film processing to licensing, to distribution and promotion.

To date, the Mandarin Group has produced more than 90 Chinese titles for distribution around the world. The first movie, All's Well End's Well Too earned a record-bursting HK$48 million in 1992, the highest among all the local and overseas movies of that year.

Collaborating with a number of prominent filmmakers, the Mandarin Group is able to explore different genres, such as producing period action films with director Ronny Yu, the literary adaptation Eighteen Springs with Ann Hui, and comedies (and recently the martial arts epic Seven Swords) with Tsui Hark.

In 2001, the Mandarin Group took a big leap by listing itself on the Hong Kong stock exchange. With a secure financial backing, Mandarin has set its mission as entering and exploring the PRC and international film markets, and consolidating and enlarging its reputation as a leading creative force in bringing Chinese films to the world through its wide range of production, processing, distribution and promotional services.



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