Imax to Release 'Flying Swords of Dragon Gate' on 61 Screens Across China

Jet Li and director Tsui Hark's first collaboration in over a decade rolls out on Thursday in partnership with the Bona Film Group.

TORONTO – Jet Li returns in his first collaboration with Once Upon a Time in China director Tsui Hark, Imax Corp. putting 3D martial arts flick Flying Swords of Dragon Gate up on 61 screens in China beginning Thursday.

The Toronto-based giant screen exhibitor is pacting with local distributor Bona Film Group on the theatrical run for the first Chinese-language feature to be released in 3D on the expanding Imax circuit in China.

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate also stars Aloys Chen Kun, Kwai Lun-Mei, Li Yuchun and Fan Xiaoxuan.

"As our theatre network in China continues to grow, so does the demand for local-language films to be presented in Imax,” Greg Foster, chairman and president of Imax Filmed Entertainment said Tuesday.

Last year's domestic box office champion Aftershock was the first non-English-language film to be shot specifically for the Imax format, and took in about $100 million total, including its Imax run.

The build-out of Imax’s screens in China continued last week with separate deals with Sichuan Lumiere Pavilions Company for three new digital screens, and another for four digital screens with Orange Sky Golden Harvest Cinemas.