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Jet Li ... Liu Jian

Bridget Fonda ... Jessica Kamen

Tchéky Karyo ... Insp. Richard

Max Ryan ... Lupo

Ric Young ... Mister Big

Burt Kwouk ... Uncle Tai

Laurence Ashley ... Aja

Cyril Raffaelli ... Twin
Didier Azoulay ... Twin
John Forgeham ... Max

Paul Barrett ... Pilot
Kentaro ... Chen
Colin Prince ... Lupo's Assistant
Vincent Glo ... Pluto
Vincent Wong ... Minister Tang
Stéphane Jacquot ... Richard's Right Hand Man
Stefan Nelet ... Tang's Assistant (as Stefan Sao Nelet)
Peter Sakon Lee ... Tang's Assistant (as Peter Lee)
Isabelle Duhauvelle ... Isabel Kamen
Yannick Derrien ... Bodysearch Boss
Francesca Disca ... Red Hair Hooker
Taïra ... Fat Hooker
David Gabison ... French Minister
Bertrand Waintrop ... Customs Official
Alain Zef ... Video Technician
Nicolas Herault ... Video Technician
Jean-Marc Huber ... Fat Thug
Franck Tiozzo ... Thug
John Maczko ... Thug
Claude Brécourt ... Concierge

Jean-Georges Vongerichten ... Barman
François Nguyen ... Chinese Bodyguard
Jocelyne Isaac ... Subway Agent
Raymond Khamvene ... Fat Chinese Chef Wong
Urfé Koupaki ... Taxi Driver (Rasta)
Gregory Galin ... Hotel Clerk
Alexander Koumpan ... Driver Place de la Concorde
Daniel Milgram ... Taxi Driver
Bernard Flavien ... Coroner
Eric Averlant ... Coroner
Marc Ligaudan ... Assistant Coroner

Frédéric Moulin ... Cop (Sentry Box)
Alain de Catuelan ... Cop (Station)

Ludovic Berthillot ... Cop (Lift)
Guillaume Lamant ... Newspaper Man
Lina Chen ... Hooker
Barbara Bernard ... Hooker
Pat Tourne ... Hooker
Crystalle Seeram ... Hooker
Karen Drotard ... Hooker
Sabine Ben Rhadi ... Hooker
Saadi Spera ... Hooker
Stéphanie Martin ... Hooker
Stéphanie Durand ... Hooker
Carmelle Edma ... Hooker
Schana Réaux ... Hooker

Directed by
Chris Nahon 
Writing credits
Jet Li (story)

Luc Besson (screenplay) &
Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay)

Produced by
Luc Besson .... producer
Steve Chasman .... producer
Bernard Grenet .... co-producer
Jet Li .... associate producer
Happy Walters .... producer
Original Music by
Craig Armstrong 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marco Cavé 
Casting by
Franck Baldino 
Gaëlle Barenton 
Hélène Chéruy 
Max Morel 
Production Design by
Jacques Bufnoir 
Art Direction by
Frédéric Bénard 
Stephen Chang 
Costume Design by
Pierre Bechir 
Annie Thiellement 
Makeup Department
Frédérique Arguello .... hair stylist
Clément Bagot .... special makeup effects artist
Sophie Benaiche .... key makeup artist
José-Luis Casas .... key hair stylist (as José Lucas Casas)
Guillaume Castagné .... makeup artist
Guillaume Castagné .... special makeup effects artist
Véronique Delmestre .... makeup artist
Christian Garcia .... key hair stylist
Denis Gastouet .... special makeup effects artist
Stéphane Malheu .... key hair stylist
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Laurent Cavalier .... production manager
Pierre-François de Malézieu .... Assistant régisseur adjoint
Thierry Guilmard .... unit production manager
Didier Hoarau .... production manager
Laurent Lasnon .... assistant unit manager
Franck Lebreton .... unit manager
Jean-Baptiste Leclère .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilles Bannier .... first assistant director
Gaëlle Barenton .... first assistant director: second unit
Felix Baudouin .... second assistant director: second unit
Emmanuel Breton .... second assistant director
Stéphanie Champault .... third assistant director
Jacques Eberhard .... first assistant director
Claire Galloy .... assistant director: location unit
Alfred Lot .... first assistant director
Sophie Lévy .... second assistant director
William Pruss .... first assistant director: second unit
William Pruss .... second assistant director
Gérard Pujolar .... first assistant director
Hans Titze .... third assistant director
Corey Yuen .... action director
Sylvie Zadjner .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Lionel Callari .... property master
Tristan Girault .... assistant property master
Yvan Hart .... plasterer
Sound Department
Anne Delacour .... adr editor
Anne Delacour .... dialogue editor
David Donaldson .... sound programmer
François-Joseph Hors .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Lacour .... sound engineer: second unit
Frédérique Lebel .... foley editor: fights
Maud Lombart .... assistant sound editor
Maud Lombart .... foley editor
Didier Lozahic .... sound re-recording mixer
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Daniel Ollivier .... sound engineer: second unit
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Vincent Tulli .... sound designer
Vincent Tulli .... sound engineer
Soazic Veillon .... foley editor
Stéphane Vizet .... boom operator
Ken Yasumoto .... sound engineer
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Philippe Alleton .... special effects technician
Vincent Cerutti .... pyrotechnician
Olivier Cortet .... special effects compositor
Pierre Foury .... special effects supervisor
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects technician
Jean-Pierre Maricourt .... special effects technician (as Jean-Pierre Moricourt)
Pascal Molina .... special effects
Benoît Squizzato .... special effects technician
Piotr Styczen .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Pierre Blain .... Inferno artist
Pierre Blain .... digital compositor
Lucie Bories .... digital compositor
Stephanie Boutinaud .... digital effects artist
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor: Duboi
Arnaud Chelet .... visual effects supervisor: Eclair Numerique
Philippe Chotard .... system engineer
Ludovic Davidian .... visual effects artist
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Jacques Delzescaux .... visual effects supervisor: Eclair Numerique
Stephane Dittoo .... digital compositor
Yann Doray .... digital artist
Antoine Douadi .... Flame artist
Sylvian Fabre .... digital compositor
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor
Vincent Frei .... rotoscope artist
Julius Friede .... color grader: Eclair Numerique
Olivier Gadal .... visual effects
Aurelie Lajoux .... digital compositor
Bruno Le Provost .... 3D supervisor
Jeremie Leroux .... digital compositor
Jean-Christophe Olivier .... Inferno compositor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Philippe Soeiro .... main titles effects
Philippe Soeiro .... visual effects supervisor: Eclair Numerique
Daniel Trujillo .... digital compositor
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Francis Auguy .... stunts
Alain Barbier .... stunts
Francis Bataille .... stunts
Joseph Beddelem .... stunts
Joseph Beddelin .... stunts
Jean-Marc Bellu .... stunts
Affif Ben Badra .... stunts
Vincent Bersoulle .... stunts
Serge Beuchat .... stunts
Didier Biddar .... stunts
Marc Bizet .... stunts
Michel Bouis .... stunts
William Cagnard .... stunts
Vincent Chatelain .... stunts (as Gabriel Chatelain)
Bernard Chevreul .... stunts
Ken Chung .... stunts
Stephane Codou .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... assistant stunt coordinator
Pierre N. Cuvens .... stunts
Yannick Derrien .... stunts
Sandra Escoda .... stunts
Rémy Escoffier .... stunts
Alexandrine Felquin .... stunts
Bénédicte Follet .... stunts
Sylvain Gabet .... stunts
Alain Gaudiard .... stunts
Jean Girard .... stunts
Yves Girard .... stunts
Pascaline Girardot .... stunts
Albert Goldberg .... stunts
Alain Grellier .... stunts
Stefan Gudju .... stunts (as Stephane Gudju)
Alain Guerillot .... stunts
Jian Yong Guo .... stunts: Cory Yuen Stunt Team (as Jean Yong God)
Pascal Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Tarick Hadouch .... stunts
Karim Hammiche .... stunts
Vincent Haquin .... stunts
Christian Hening .... stunts
Marc Hoang .... stunt double: Jet Li
Marc Hoang .... stunts
Karim Hocini .... stunts
Enrico Horn .... stunts
Jean-Claude Houbart .... stunts
Sam Kai-Sen Huang .... stunts: Cory Yuen Stunt Team (as Kai Sen Huang)
Mouloud Ikhaddelene .... stunts
Ian Jenkins .... stunts
David Julienne .... stunts
Emilie Jumeaux .... stunts
Vanny Khos .... stunts
Ming Beaver Kwei .... stunts: Cory Yuen Stunt Team
Pascal Lachamby .... stunts
David Tai Vim Lai .... stunts: Cory Yuen Stunt Team
Emmanuel Lanzi .... stunts
Tse Ming Lao .... stunts: Cory Yuen Stunt Team (as Tze Ming Lau)
Julien Laurent .... stunts
Pascal Lavanchy .... stunts
Lobo .... stunts
Gregory Loffredo .... stunts (as Greg Loffredo)
Pascal Lopez .... stunts
Stéphane Margot .... stunts
Florent Mismetti .... stunts
Christophe Moindreau .... stunts
Philippe Morel .... stunts
Waho Mosel .... stunts
David Moulin .... stunts
Frédéric Moulin .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts
Eric Nesci .... stunts
Pierre Nguyen .... stunts
Louis-Marie Nyee .... stunts
Sébastien Peres .... stunts
Eric Petch .... stunts
Varin Pitch .... stunts
Erim Pramitcche .... stunts
Frederick Renard .... stunts
Christophe Roblin .... stunts
Pierre Rousselle .... stunts
Thierry Saelens .... stunts
Loïc Saintilan .... stunts
Olivier Schneider .... stunts
Wincent Shea .... stunts
Wing Tat Shek .... stunts
Patrick Steltzer .... stunts
Tarubi .... stunts
Michaël Troude .... stunts
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts
Christian Vegner .... stunts
Olivier Vitrant .... stunts
Christian Wagner .... stunts
Tak Yuen .... stunts: Cory Yuen Stunt Team (as Richard Chung Tak Hung)
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Abelé .... electrician
Damien Auriol .... grip
Stéphane Azouze .... director of photography: second unit (as Stephane Azouze)
Stéphane Azouze .... video scenes supervisor (as Stephane Azouze)
Fabien Benzaquen .... assistant camera
Eric Bialas .... Steadicam operator
Stéphane Birzin .... grip
Fabrice Bismuth .... assistant camera
Éric Brun .... first camera assistant: second unit
David Campbell .... crane operator: Technocrane
Juliette Castanier .... second assistant camera
Mathieu Caudroy .... Steadicam operator
François Chevreau .... assistant camera
Emmanuel de Fleury .... assistant camera
Guillaume Deffontaines .... focus puller
Jean-Marc Duez .... grip
Vladimir Duranovic .... grip
Hugues Espinasse .... clapper loader
Jan Gagnaire .... grip
Nicolas Herdt .... director of photography: second unit (as Nicolas Herdit)
Eric Le Roux .... Steadicam operator (as Eric Leroux)
Eric Le Roux .... camera operator (as Eric Leroux)
Jean Legrand .... second assistant camera
Sophie Lelou Mollard .... electrician (as Sophie Mollard)
Cyril Liberman .... assistant camera
Lylo .... camera operator
Laurent Martin .... grip
Vincent Muller .... assistant camera
Benoît Pain .... camera trainee: second unit
Lionel Pedro .... assistant camera
Bruno Privat .... director of photography: second unit
Tarik Rebeihi .... assistant camera
Xavier Renaudot .... electrician
Luc Reyrolle .... electrician
Rodolphe Soucaret .... first assistant camera
Laurent Tangy .... focus puller
Casting Department
Barbara Fiorentino .... casting: USA
Géraldine Mouton .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nadia Cherouk .... costumer
Aline Dupays .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Yseult Huret .... assistant editor
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Stéphane Kazadi .... assistant editor
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Charlotte Rembauville .... assistant editor
Kathy Thomson .... digital colorist
Frédéric Thoraval .... additional editor
Soazic Veillon .... assistant editor
Music Department
Craig Armstrong .... music arranger: vocals
Craig Armstrong .... orchestra arranger
Craig Armstrong .... programmer: orchestra
Craig Armstrong .... score arranger
Matthieu Dallaporta .... assistant music mixer
Matt Dunkley .... additional orchestrator
Emma Ford .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Stephen Hilton .... music programmer
Stephen Hilton .... musician: keyboards
Gary Jones .... music supervisor
Dave Jordan .... music supervisor
Patrick Kiernan .... orchestra leader
Jenny O'Grady .... choral coordinator
Jojo Villanueva .... soundtrack coordinator
Cecilia Weston .... conductor
Bruce White .... viola
Geoff Foster .... score recordist (uncredited)
Other crew
Estelle Bault .... script supervisor
Hank Byrd .... post production intern
Nathalie Carles .... personal assistant: B. Grenet
Frédéric Cauvy .... weapons advisor
Alexandre Desmars .... assistant location manager
David Donaldson .... additional programming and keyboards
Romuald Drault .... production accountant supervisor
Matt Dunkley .... midi transcriptor
Craig Scott Galper .... language coach: Mr. Jet Li
Aurelien Gimenez .... acting coach: Mr. Didier Azoulay
Eric Govignon .... production assistant
Bruno Guilhem .... assistant to unit manager: second unit
Harold Guskin .... acting coach: Mr. Jet Li
Hugo Gélin .... director: making-of featurette
Ming Beaver Kwei .... personal assistant: Mr. Jet Li
Hung Woo Kwong .... cook: Mr. Jet Li
Rodolphe Lanaro .... location scout
Philippe Letode .... location scout
Colette Martin .... production accountant
Marie McFerran .... production coordinator
David Meanti .... production assistant
India Osborne .... assistant: Luc Besson
Armelle Phaeton .... personal assistant: B. Grenet
Katia Sourzac .... personal assistant: Luc Besson
Hugo Veludo .... trainee production assistant
Karen Waks .... assistant script supervisor
Karen Waks .... script supervisor: second unit
Corey Yuen .... martial arts choreographer
Vincent Dragusseau .... making-of director (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"KOD: Kiss of the Dragon" - USA (promotional abbreviation)
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Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug content
98 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M (TV rating) | Australia:MA (original rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Canada:13+ (Quebec; re-rating) | Canada:18A (video rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Malaysia:18PL | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 (cut) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #38364)

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 »
Continuity: (at around 9 mins) Insp. Richard's men have just rushed into the hotel room. As the men line up behind Insp. Richard, it's obvious that not only do the "twins" look nothing alike, but the twin on the right is at least six inches taller than the twin on the left.See more »
Liu Jian:I don't like to get bored.
Richard:Me neither, but you turn out to be VERY boring.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Danika (2006)See more »
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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
This is a great action movie that will take you to the ‘point' of no return., 20 November 2002
Author: Old Joe from Hamilton, Australia

‘Kiss of the Dragon' might be just another ‘action/martial arts' movie that is sitting on the shelf of your local video store. However once you start to watch it, you will realise that like some of its characters, it is a movie that is very deceptive and will leave you breathless. With the screenplay based on the story written by star Jet Li himself, this film has moments that no-one could ever comprehend seeing. While Li might be criticised for being ‘one dimensional' in his movie roles, it has to be said that he is one of the best martial arts actors going around at the present time.

Liu, a Chinese intelligence officer, goes to Paris on assignment and becomes embroiled in a deadly conspiracy. When the man he has come to help betrays him, he is forced on the run, accused of a murder he didn't commit. He teams up with Jessica, an American woman forced into prostitution against her will, who wants to escape and seek justice. As Jessica and Liu go up against cunning and ruthless adversaries, Liu makes a promise to Jessica that could compromise his career, even his life.

The star of this film is Liu (Jet Li), who is an expert Chinese cop sent to stop an international drug conspiracy. He is traveling to the city of Paris for the first time, making it totally alien to him. Liu carries only a gun and needles which are rapt around his wrist. These are acupuncture needles, which he has the skill to use, to help heal his friends or kill his enemies. The finale action sequence has Liu refer to the title of the film, whereby the use of a needle technique called ‘Kiss of the Dragon', which is highly illegal, as it must be, which can disrupt the body's blood flow, making all the blood travel to the head and then killing the person as it tries to escape from whatever cavity it can. This scene was astonishing to see being played out.

The supporting cast in ‘Kiss of the dragon' consists of Jessica (beauty Bridget Fonda), a girl who is forced to take drugs and be a prostitute by French Police inspector Richard (Tcheky Karyo). You do not refuse Richard, as the consequences could be fatal. He has many henchmen that are on the lookout for ‘John' (Liu), as he has the evidence that could destroy Richard. Along the way Jessica meets up with Liu and they help each other out of sticky situations that have arisen. I enjoy the role taken on by Fonda a lot, as her character gives the story its emotion and balance whereby she helps Liu get around Paris.

I like how and where this movie was presented. The director shows off Paris in many ways, such as landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, which is cleverly incorporated through a fighting sequence. The director Chris Nahon was able to do this, via producer and screenwriter Luc Besson's help in getting leading cinematographer Thierry Arbogast, who did some great work. While the story might be simple on the surface, who can complain when there is such great action scenes to compensate.

This then leads me into ‘Kiss of the dragon's' action and stunts which are exhilarating. Li's character has many fighting sequences that you would believe he has no hope of winning. The start of the film makes uncertain of what is going to happen, then in the blink of an eye you are presented with action and stunts that will leave you speechless. The one scene at the start which shows Liu slamming a billiard ball to kill a villain was unbelievable. Then the fighting scenes at the shop, boat, office building and orphanage are full-on, making them intoxicating to the viewers. However one of the final fighting scenes with Liu taking on a whole class of Black belts is hilarious, as you know he is going to win.

‘Kiss of the Dragon' works, because where the story is lacking, the action and fighting scenes take up the slack. Jet Li has done some good movies, such as `Lethal Weapon 4' and ‘Romeo Must Die' where he shows off all his martial art skills. If you have not seen him in either of those films, then watch them by all means. Finally, I want to mention that I have had many treatments of acupuncture in 2002 which have helped me immensely. However, when I have my next treatment of those ‘little needles' I might squirm a bit, being quick to remember what Liu could do with an acupuncture needle.

CMRS gives ‘Kiss of the Dragon': 4 (Very Good Film)

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