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Kiss of the Dragon (Widescreen)

Jet Li , Bridget Fonda , Chris Nahon    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Martial arts genius Jet Li explodes onto the screen with an intensity not seen since Bruce Lee. "Kiss of the Dragon" is not merely a thriller but a shocker. (San Francisco Chronicle) China's top secret agent visits Paris on a pleasure trip only to encounter government espionage at the highest level. "Li's action sequences are like an oil fire, spilling from one room into the next and lighing up in the interiors with heat and wreakage"! (The New York Times)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Modern Action Movie June 27 2004
Kiss of the Dragon is a hyperactive martial arts movie with a heavy European feel. After Jet Li's fans were left disappointed with the fake, CGI-enhanced fighting in Romeo Must Die he decided to go back to practical, hand-to-hand combat with literally no strings attached. KOTD is the perfect excuse for action, with minimal plot and impossible odds.
Basically, Jet Li plays a Chinese cop Lui Jian who travels to Paris to help the police bring a crime boss to justice. But the French police just happen to be heavily, heavily corrupt and kill Mr. Big, framing Lui Jian in the process.
Keen to stay alive, Lui Jian flees the scene, but not before screaming, mad and completely hatstand police inspector Richard (Tcheky Caryo in his typically delirious role) sends just about every hardened police psycho after him. Outrageously outnumbered, Lui Jian prevails and fights his way through swarms and swarms of thugs out for his blood. Using only his hands and feet (and any useful nearby tool) he manages to wipe them all out.
Far-fetched it may be, but action choreographer Cory Yuen shoots it all in the most realistic and stylish way. You really will believe Lui Jian is capable of such an impossible feat, that's how realistic the action is. And all without glamorising guns.
KOTD uses the rule of increasingly mad set-pieces. The first desperate escape through the corridors and passageways of the hotel, the death-defying escape from the Seine Barge and through the tunnels and sewers, the orphanage confrontation and (especially) the final scene in the police station where Lui Jian takes on a dojo full of martial artist police officers, evil twins and finally Inspector Richard. It's all breathtaking stuff and very, very violent.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I find myself finally indulging my long-nascent love for martial arts movies, and this road has taken me rather directly from Bruce Lee and the Bruceploitation films of the 70s and early 80s to Jet Li, whom I consider to be the most worthy successor to Bruce Lee working today. I won't even compare him to the Dragon because he is definitely his own man, one steeply trained in both the physical and philosophical ways of the martial arts. He has a compact yet powerful, no-nonsense approach to his fight scenes, and what you get is pretty much the real deal - no invisible cables, no stuntman, no fakery, and most importantly no cheesiness. Kiss of the Dragon is my first Jet Li film, and I am glad to say that I was in no way disappointed. There may not be as much fighting in this film as you might find elsewhere, but this is by no means a bad thing. This film revolves around the story and main characters, and the forging of such a strong plot- makes the fight scenes, when they come, all the more enjoyable. Long gone are the days when martial arts movies had weak or nonexistent plots serving no other purpose than to move the film from one fight to the next.
Kiss of the Dragon is set in France, which is not your typical setting for kung fu action. Jet Li plays a Chinese cop named Liu Jian, one of China's best, sent to France to help the authorities there nab a Chinese drug dealer. The expected drug bust goes as far removed from planned as can be (at least from Liu Jian's point of view). The whole thing was a set-up by the French police chief (played to the despicable max by Tcheky Karyo), leaving Liu Juan on the run and accused of murder. Liu Juan must evade the authorities and somehow get the proof he needs to put the real bad guy away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li kicks all June 22 2004
This movie is probably Li's best. The movie zips along after the scene where a Chinese drug dealer gets zapped by a whore, who gouges him with long knitting needles. Some of the movie was idiotic, especially the scene where Fonda has to urinate in Jet Li's shop, and where Li's Chinese contact gets shot. The plot basically centers around Jet Li getting framed for the murder of the Chinese drug dealer, and escaping throughout France, from the corrupt police chief and his gang of drug dealers. There is one spectacular scene where Li is in the police station, and destroys a group of 30 martial arts cadets who attack him with sticks and body moves. The ending is triumphant, Li demolishes two massive bleach blonde twins, in the most amazing show of kung fu yet. Tcheky Karyo as the police chief has a wonderful charm, and seethes with sinister trickery simultaneously.
Chris Mahon could have gotten a little more out of the relationship between Fonda and Li. They are more like the Honeymooners, always arguing and Fonda wise cracking. The scenes didn't connect. All in all, worth seeing for Jet Li fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li keeps it going May 7 2004
By J
3 stars for the movie and one for the plentiful extras. Jet Li's extraordinary martial arts fight scenes combined with a standard Luc Besson plot. Jet Li tells a joke near the end of the movie. About being bored in France. For Li, this is pretty daring. He is usually so straight faced and monotoned, it would be hard to fault him for bad acting. After all, you have to act at all in order to act poorly. Li is sort of the Steven Seagal of Hong Kong imports. The action scenes rock. Mostly martial arts and (wisely) not much gunplay. Lost of props and running around. There are at least five separate excellent high adrenaline fight scenes to a booming soundtrack. The down times are a bit dull with the plot spinning its wheels and Bridget Fonda acting like a skank with a good heart. She plays a skank with a good heart in another Luc Besson movie, Point of No Return. Maybe Luc saw a special something in her the rest of us don't. This is a relax-and-enjoy-the-action movie if ever there was one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li at his best!
If you love martial arts movies - and Jet Li in particular, this one has to be in your collection!
Published 3 months ago by Bruce Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss of the Dragon
Just love Jet Li movies. Had this movie on VHS but somehow, the movie wouldn't play any longer & I was lucky to be able to purchase it through Amazon. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rachelle Doucet
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop Action
Not for kids, but a really great movie, good story, good action. Jet Li is a decent actor! 8 out of 10
Published 21 months ago by Corey
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Action from Jet Li but bad acting from Bridget Fonda
This move was packed with action, includiing must see fight scenes. I watched it two or three times. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2008 by Philneia Timmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Jet Li in "Kiss of the Dragon", is a good film
If your into Jet Li movies I feel you will be happy with `Kiss of the Dragon,' that is if you haven't already seen it. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
2.0 out of 5 stars Jet and Brenda don't match
Bad movie, bad story. If it were not for the few good action scenes, I would have given this a 1 star rating.
Published on June 5 2004 by Taddese Zicke
1.0 out of 5 stars As Bad as it Gets
I don`t know if this movie is just bad or plain terrible, but it surely is far from good. The plot is predictable and lacks originality, the acting is unconvincing, the characters... Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by gonn1000
3.0 out of 5 stars No strings attached
Instead of dangling Jet Li like a puppet on strings, Kiss lets Jet demonstrate his awesome martial art talent. Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2003 by wakkacubed
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Kiss totally rocks.
Watch this movie only if you love martial arts action of the highest genre! Jet Li is in top form, and we enjoy a bit of Paris as he combats battalions of heavily armed, very bad... Read more
Published on July 1 2003
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