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Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  6 July 2001 (USA)
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A betrayed intelligence officer enlists the aid of a prostitute to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mister Big
Uncle Tai
Didier Azoulay ...
John Forgeham ...
Kentaro ...
Colin Prince ...
Lupo's Assistant
Vincent Glo ...
Vincent Wong ...
Minister Tang


Liu Jian, a police officer from China, comes to Paris to help the vice squad apprehend a Chinese drug lord and his unknown French connection. The French connection is Richard, the head of the vice squad, who intends to kill the drug lord then frame Jian. Jian ducks a bullet and escapes with a tape of what really happened. By chance, Jian turns to Jessica - a US farm girl who is one of Richard's hookers - for help. She has her own problems, including the fact that Richard has her daughter locked in an orphanage to keep Jessica on the streets and silent about his activities. Can Jian protect Jessica, rescue her daughter, and give Richard the kiss of the dragon? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Kono tatakai ni ai nado iranai [Japan] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 July 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

KOD: Kiss of the Dragon  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,304,027 (USA) (6 July 2001)


£1,324,608 (UK) (23 November 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The style of action in this movie was heavily influenced by comments made during series of messages posted by fans on the Jet Li website forum, immediately after the release of Romeo Must Die (2000) in the United States. The fans wanted more realistic fighting as in Jet Li's movie Fist of Legend (1994) (Fist of Legend). See more »


When Liu escapes the boat and jump under the bridge, he quickly join a metro platform. The name that can be seen on the wall is "Invalides". When Liu enters the metro train the name can still be seen, but when the metro train leaves the station, the other station name boards on the wall display "Porte des Lilas". (The scene was actually shot in the former "Porte des Lilas" metro station that is now dedicated for the shooting of films. The Director forgot to ask the staff to change all the station name boards to "Invalides".) See more »


Liu Jian: We need to get him to the hospital.
Richard: [refering to the Chinese customer] He doesn't want to go to a hospital. He want to go to heaven.
[Richard shoots the Chinese customer]
Liu Jian: [shocked] Why did you kill him?
Richard: The question is "Why did you kill him?" Thanks for the help, Johnny.
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References Les Misérables (1982) See more »


(Pharrell Williams / Chad Hugo / Malice (as Gene Thornton))
Performed by N.E.R.D. featuring Lee Harvey and Vita "Lapdance"
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. o/b/o itself and Waters Of
Nazareth (BMI) / EMI April Music Inc. o/b/o itself and Chase Chad
Music (ASCAP) / Cenmare Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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User Reviews

Very good action movie
7 July 2001 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This is definitely Jet Li's best action movie since he came over from Hong Kong. Some scenes reminiscent of Fist of Legend in this one. Quite well choreographed fight scenes with good realistic violence a la Bruce Lee. The plot is rather formulaic, as is much of the dialogue (I expected better from Besson), but the movie has a bit of the 'Nikita' flair (guys going crazy with fully automatic weapons in public places). A bit too much talking and not enough fighting, but far superior to 'Romeo Must Die'. The use of no wires is also a very nice touch. Best action movie of this summer so far. (8/10)

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