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6 July 2001 (USA) See more »
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Kiss Fear Goodbye See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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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
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Directed by
Chris Nahon 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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 
 
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 Lucas Casas .... key hair stylist
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
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
Ludovic Davidian .... visual effects artist
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Jacques Delzescaux .... visual effects supervisor: Eclair Numerique
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
 
Stunts
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
Mark 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)
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
Geoff Foster .... score recordist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
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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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug content
Runtime:
98 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M (TV rating) | Australia:MA (original rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | 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)

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Trivia:
The only scenes involving wire work were when Jet Li had to jump up to kick the pool ball and when Cyril Raffaelli (Twin 1) performs his one-and-a-quarter backwards somersault-kick.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Having used it to set about a few people in the police station, Liu Jian drops the flag, which then jumps about the floor between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Richard:What did you do to me?
Liu Jian:I put a needle in your neck.
Richard:That's it?
Liu Jian:In a certain point. Very forbidden. It's called the Kiss of the Dragon.
Richard:Kiss my ass!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in War (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
As If You Said NothingSee more »

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Is it true that the French DVD features a slightly different version of the movie?
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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A Martial Arts Action Film Done Right, 30 June 2001
Author: dynagirl from United States

Liu Jian (aka "Johnny") is a top level cop from Bejing on temporary assignment in Paris to aid French police in a sting operation to take down a Chinese heroine kingpin. But things go bad and a double-cross ensues, leaving Liu Jian framed for murder and running for his life. One is thing certain, though, our hero won't be taken without a fight... a really good fight... and a few more after that. Luc Besson's screenplay isn't exactly creative, but given the genre, it's pretty darn good. I know I sure sighed with relief that Liu Jian (played with subtle excellence by Jet Li) wasn't driven by some emotionally haunting past, like the death of a wife and child, as is so typical in super-cop action films. In fact, we get just the opposite--a man who simply loves his job and does it very well, but is still human enough to make mistakes, feel pain and make realistic choices (well, mostly).

The story isn't without its flaws, however. Mindless thugs do play their part and there is an utterance of the most over-used villain line of all time: "Bring him to me alive; I'll deal with him myself" (or something to that affect). But somehow, it doesn't sound quite so corny coming from actor Tcheky Karyo (as Inspector Jean-Pierre Richard), who manages to play the heartless villain with a great deal of intelligence. Rounding out the cast is Bridget Fonda's Jessica, the prostitute with a good heart and, yes, a young daughter in jeopardy. But despite its few formulaic shortcomings, Kiss of the Dragon still delivers.

What really stands out in this film is the way the fight sequences flow with the rest of the story, unlike so many other movies that seem to be constructed around a few preconceived action scenes. It's a martial arts action film done right. Thanks to the superb direction of Chris Nahon, Kiss of the Dragon is classy, well paced and gives us a near perfect blend of drama and levity (no ridiculous one-liners here, but definitely some laughs along the way). Best of all, Nahon engages the audience and makes the story work to a reasonable level of believability.

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