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Dragon Fight (1989)

Long zai tian ya (original title)
Two martial artist friends from China are performing a show in the States. Trouble starts when one of them decides to defect and stay in America.

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(screenplay), (as Sally Nicholls)
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Cast

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Jimmy Lee (as Jet Lee)
Dick Wei ...
Tiger Wong (as Dick Wyre)
Nina Li Chi ...
Penny
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Andy Yau (as Sing-Chi Chow)
Mark Williams ...
Ray (as Marc Williams)
Tom Spinoza ...
Big Boss
Henry Fong ...
Marco
Ko Wang ...
Uncle
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Dude
Victor Chew ...
Bill
George Chung ...
Big Boss's Killer
Adam Ngan ...
Tiger's Bodyguard
Wai Tong Wong ...
Tiger's Bodyguard
Martin Robinson ...
Policeman in Station
Bill Grossman ...
Policeman in Station
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Two martial artist friends from China are performing a show in the States. Trouble starts when one of them decides to defect and stay in America.

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This Dragon won't give up without a fight!

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1 September 1989 (Hong Kong)  »

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Quotes

Andy Yau: [while Jimmy fights the thugs] Woooohh! Look at that punch!
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Unremarkable movie with some remarkable fighting
17 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

In "Dragon Fight", one of his earliest and least-seen films, Jet Li is part of a Chinese team that comes to San Francisco for a martial-arts exhibition. However, after the show one of his partners (played by Dick Wei) decides that he doesn't want to go back to his country, and during his getaway he accidentally kills a cop. Jet is wrongly accused of the crime, gets arrested, escapes and finds refuge in the home of a guy who had seen and admired him in the show, while Dick becomes a well-paid assassin in the service of a gangster. Through a few too many coincidences, the paths of these two former friends cross again...

Because so few people have seen "Dragon Fight" (it hasn't even been released on DVD yet!), there is a temptation to say that it's a "hidden treasure" in Jet Li's filmography. Well, it isn't. It is a rather unremarkable movie. But what is remarkable about it is some of the fighting, which is refreshingly realistic (the word "refreshingly" goes for those who, like me, hate flying-fu). Jet Li is at his most youthful, handsome and likable, but "Dragon Fight" is almost as much Dick Wei's film as it is Jet's. This is the only time they worked together on a film, and their final showdown is definitely worth waiting for. (**1/2)


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