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Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

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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 <>

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Hito no koroshikata shika wakaranakatta [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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2.35 : 1
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The number plate of the taxi Jet Li is in during the opening titles is 5080TAG4 - sabotage, a taste of what's to come. 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: I don't like to get bored.
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Bruce Lee nostalgia
24 July 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was hoping this movie to be better than 'Romeo Must Die' and I was not disappointed. I truly believe this is Jet Li's English coming out movie (too bad it was released in the summer when other bigger movies come out).

I did not go to see the movie for the story line and those who don't won't be disappointed either. The action was great especially the final scenes. Bridget Fonda did not do much (found her irritating in some scenes) but then again, did not watch the movie because she was there.

Believable, maybe not ... Jet Li as the new Bruce Lee, most definitely!


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