It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about ... See full summary »
A man treated like a dog and raised as a fighting machine his entire life, ends up in a coma and is taken in the care of good people, but his sinister owner is looking to retrieve his most prized possession: a non stop human weapon triggered by the collar leashed on his neck. Written by
Morgan Freeman's character Sam was at first not blind at all. After hearing from a piano school for the blind (with a very high reputation, and where the scholars developed their hearing), Freeman had the idea of making his character blind because like this it is easier for Sam to "see" the child in Jet Li's character, and not the brutal killer. See more »
Set in Glasgow, Scotland. However not a single character in the film has a Scottish accent. See more »
In Glasgow, Danny (Jet Li) is a young specialist in marital arts raised like a dog by his owner, the gangster and collector Bart (Bob Hoskins). When Bart unleashes his collar, Danny behaves like a wild animal, savagely hurting and killing people as commanded by Bart. After an accident, the wounded Danny is lodged by the blind tuner of piano Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his stepdaughter Victoria (Kerry Condon). They welcome him in the breast of their family, humanizing Danny, who feels attracted by music. But his past haunts him.
I borrowed this DVD from a colleague not expecting to see a good movie, but only martial arts fights in a stupid plot... but I was absolutely wrong! "Danny the Dog" is a dramatic story, with an excellent construction of a character, from a brutal animal to a kind human being. Jet Li has certainly his best performance in the role of Danny, who will certainly shake the emotions of the viewer and make him or her think about how many people, including children, are badly treated around the world, and what society can expect from them. The optimistic conclusion gives us hope that some day this situation may be fixed with love, dignity and care. Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman are fantastic, as usual, and the unknown Kerry Condon is lovely playing the sweet Victoria. I see many movies, but "Danny the Dog" was probably the best surprise I have had this year. I do not give a ten because of the exaggerated conclusion. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Cão de Briga" ("Fight Dog")
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