Kiss of the Dragon [Import]
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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The plot is not original-Li is a Chinese inspector in Paris to help the French police arrest a Chinese criminal, but ends up being in the line of fire himself. Bridget Fonda's, who greatly portrays as a prostitute, teams up with Li to identify and catch the real villain, Tcheky Karyo who plays the chief of police in Paris. The bond of trust that develops between the two main characters is very absorbing and convincing to watch.
However, the fight scenes deserve mention. They are very original and ultra-violent. The ending is a great showdown. The N.E.R.D. song "Lap Dance" is played during one of the many final face-offs with the bad guys, but the scene with Li and the " Twin "is perhaps the most violent I have ever seen Jet Li do on-screen so far.
Anybody that loves this genre will be happy to see this film. 'Kiss of the Dragon' is fill with drama that is provided with a good story line, and a moderate size of martial arts. It's a come back from Jet Li with no wire work, and almost no special effects, unlike `The One,' which was sincerely horrible in comparison. A must-see/have movie for every martial-art adept.
Most recent customer reviews
If you love martial arts movies - and Jet Li in particular, this one has to be in your collection!Published on May 22 2014 by Bruce Cowan
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 morePublished on May 28 2013 by Rachelle Doucet
Not for kids, but a really great movie, good story, good action. Jet Li is a decent actor! 8 out of 10Published on Dec 4 2012 by Corey
This move was packed with action, includiing must see fight scenes. I watched it two or three times. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2008 by Philneia Timmons
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. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by N. Singer
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
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. Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by J
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 morePublished on May 4 2004 by gonn1000
Instead of dangling Jet Li like a puppet on strings, Kiss lets Jet demonstrate his awesome martial art talent. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2003 by wakkacubed
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