SPL collaborators Donnie Yen and Wilson Yip join forces once again for this high-energy adaptation of Wong Yuk-Ling's popular manga Dragon and Tiger Heroes. The Dragon Tiger Gate is a Hong Kong martial arts dojo co-founded by the descendents of Dragon (Yen) and Tiger (Nicholas Tse). Separated as children, Tiger fights for the cause of good and Dragon goes to work for fearsome drug smuggler Ma Kun (Chen Kuan-tai). As the action gets under way, Tiger gets into a scrap with Ma Kun's gang and ends up in possession of the Lousha Plaque - a sacred icon of immense value to the powerful criminals. Though Ma Kun and Dragon allow Tiger to abscond with the Lousha Plaque for the time being, Dragon soon sets out to recover the object as nunchaku-spinning warrior Turbo (Shawn Yue) makes his presence known. As Tiger attempts to lure Dragon away from the dark side, the pair is forced to work together for the first time in years in order to defeat formidable Lousha Gang leader Shibumi (Yu Kang), whose penchant for one-on-one fights sets the stage for an explosive climax. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
I'd never read the comic/manger/whatever, but the movie was a lot of fun. Great action scenes and very pleasing to the eye. The story was alright, but if I were to watch it again it'd be for the visuals definitely. Donnie Yen is the man.
It was a pretty standard Asian martial-arts story, and the characters were pretty compelling. They did a very nice job honoring the comic book heritage by using nifty camera shots and creating scenes that looked to be right out of a comic. Good action, good visuals, fun to watch. There were a couple story flaws and oddities that I'm sure would make more sense if you read the comics, but nothing to ruin the movie... just wish they explained things more (would say more but don't want to be a spoiler).