Actress Zhou Xun in "The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" [Photo: yule.sohu.com]
The production company of the upcoming 3-D film "The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" ("Long Men Fei Jia") has released photos of lead actress Zhou Xun as a "handsome young man".
In the photos, Zhou dons a blue gown with her hair hidden in a black hairnet. Her character, Ling Yanqiu, is a woman who dresses as a man to live in the male-dominated "jianghu" - the martial-arts world.
Director Tsui Hark's movie is loosely based on "Dragon Inn", a 1992 film classic which follows a Ming Dynasty general's confrontation with a power-hungry eunuch at a deserted inn called Dragon Gate.
Tsui, who produced the original film, has said he would not simply remake the story.
The US$35-million new film also features a constellation of stars, including Jet Li, Chen Kun, Kwai Lun-Mei, Li Yuchun and Mavis Fan.
Tsui's 3-D crew has received training from Chuck Comisky, the visual-effects supervisor of James Cameron's "Avatar".
"The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" is scheduled to be released in late 2011.
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