This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus Flower Society is committed to the overthrow of the evil Manchu Emperor and his minions. ... See full summary »
A young father and his infant son are beset by forces of evil and corruption. They wander China, upholding their sense of honor and protecting the weak. When they are forced into combat, ... See full summary »
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
Cyril Raffaelli knows how to perform the one-and-a-quarter backwards somersault-kick he does in the final fight scene without the aid of wires. There were at least two takes without the wire, but supposedly Cyril was moving too fast for the camera. Wires were added in for "clarity". See more »
When Liu Jian meets Jessica for the first time, he lets her use the bathroom in the shop. When she comes out of the bathroom, she sits down and eats Liu Jian's food with her fingers, yet does not touch the bowl with her mouth. After shes gone, Liu Jian inspects the bowl and see's her lipstick on the edge of the dish yet her mouth never touched the dish. See more »
(Mystikal (as Michael Tyler) / Bink (as Roosevelt Harrell))
Performed by Mystikal
Published by The Braid Publishing (Adm. by Zomba Enterprises Inc.)
(ASCAP) / One Shot Deal Muzak (SESAC)
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I expect most of these Hong Kong martial-arts films to be packed with action but most feature either a little humor (Jackie Chan) or beautiful scenery ("Hero," etc.) or wild special effects ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and more).....but this one features a mean edge. I'm not used to seeing these Asian films with a lot of profanity (mainly f-words) or bloody scenes almost to the point of being gross, which one scene was in here.
The hero is likable guy played by Jet Li. Despite his martial arts penchant for violence, he has a soft, boyish look to him and doesn't seem to fit the type. He's always the gentleman in here, with no profanity either. The villains, led by Tchecky Karyo, are brutal. Bridget Fonda, playing a hooker, at least wasn't some "Pretty Woman" type figure. She was rough, too, but at least realistic and I give her credit for not worrying about how she looked in here, beauty-wise.
I don't regret seeing this film. It was entertaining, but beware: it's a rough movie.
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