Dragon Squad (2005)
"Mang lung" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 1,376 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 16 critic

Interpol agents and gangsters battle in Hong Kong.



, (as Lau Ho Leung)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Naked Weapon (2002)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A mysterious woman, known as Madame M, kidnaps forty pre-teen girls and transports them to a remote island to train them as the most deadly assassins. CIA operative Jack Chen follows the ... See full summary »

Director: Siu-Tung Ching
Stars: Marit Thoresen, Almen Pui-Ha Wong, Daniel Wu
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three cops team up to bring down a criminal gang of seven, who have their own hidden agenda.

Director: Benny Chan
Stars: Nicholas Tse, Jaycee Chan, Shawn Yue
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Andy Lau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Maggie Q
Star Runner (2003)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Get ready for the ultimate martial arts competition, where anything goes and lives are bought and sold. Tank is the celebrated Champion Star Runner and is deemed invincible among the ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Vanness Wu, Hyun-joo Kim, Shaun Tam
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

White Vengeance tells the story of two brothers contending for supremacy during the fall of the Qin Dynasty, which ruled Imperial China from 221 to 206 BC. As rebels rose, the nation fell ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee
Stars: Shaofeng Feng, Leon Lai, Hanyu Zhang
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Four employees of Island Fisheries come to a sun-scorched, isolated island to negotiate fishing rights with the sullen, paranoid islanders who have good reason to be afraid. Soon after the ... See full summary »

Directors: Carlo Giudice, Paolo Marcellini
Stars: Byron Mann, Daniella Kuhn, Christo Jivkov
Divergence (2005)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A cop, a lawyer, and an assassin cross paths after the murder of a federal witness and the kidnapping of a famous pop star.

Director: Benny Chan
Stars: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Daniel Wu
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

After a lethal American attack robot, RS1, is unleashed onto the mean streets of Hong Kong, Asia's funkiest crime-fighting team, the Gen-Y Cops, find themselves on the wrong side of the law... See full summary »

Director: Benny Chan
Stars: Mark Hicks, Paul Rudd, Edison Chen
Triad Wars (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In the mist of a violent gang war, a series of unfortunate events threatens the fate of a powerful triad leader and his empire.

Director: Dennis Law
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Simon Yam, Niu Tien
Fantasy | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The sensitive swordsman Cho Yi-Hang is tired of his life. He is the unwilling successor to the Wu-Tang clan throne and the unsure commander of the clan's forces in a war against foreign ... See full summary »

Director: Ronny Yu
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Francis Ng
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Noriko Aota
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

The disillusioned general of an ancient Chinese army regiment finds himself stranded in a village populated by a strange clan with mystical connections to wolves.

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian
Stars: Maggie Q, Joe Odagiri, Chung-Hua Tuo


Cast overview, first billed only:
Yu Xia ...
PRC Luo Zai-Jun (as Xia Yu)
Officer Pak Yut-Suet (as Eva Huang)
Lawrence Chou ...
Kong Long (as Sammo Hung)
Yu Ching (as Li Bing Bing)
Jun-ho Heo ...
Captain Ko Tung-Yuen (as Huh Joon-Ho)
Commander Hon Sun
Kong's Daughter
Mark Henderson ...
Joe Pearson
Philip Ng ...
Lee Chun Pei
Suet's Undercover Target


A team of young Interpol agents arrive in Hong Kong to give testimony at the trial of local crime lord 'Puma' Duen. Among them are American agent Andy Hui, Taiwanese cop Vanness Chang, and local lawman Lok. They are greeted by Hong Kong police commander Hon Sun. The heavily armed convoy taking Puma to court is attacked by a ruthless team of North Korean agents, led by international terrorist Petros Davinci. Petros is seeking revenge for his brother in arms, who was killed by Puma and his brother, 'Tiger' Duen. At Petros' side is his fierce enforcer, Ko, and a lethal lady sniper, Song. After Puma is snatched, the Interpol team insists on tracking down Petros themselves. Hon Sun rejects their request and places the team in the care of veteran police officer Kong Long. A burned out cop who has never come to terms with either his personal or professional history, Long Kong is reluctant to get involved. Finally, inspired by his young charges, he rises to the occasion, and leads the ... Written by Bey Logan (as sent to MB official fan club)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Action | Crime | Drama


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:





Release Date:

10 November 2005 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Dragon Heat  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$167,846 (Hong Kong) (11 November 2005)


$278,113 (Hong Kong) (18 November 2005)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Steven Seagal became involved with the movie's production through fellow producer James Moy. According to Bey Logan, the two were planning to produce a series of Asian features, but Moy died shortly after the film's completion. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Reloading the Dragon and Letting Rip
15 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Amalgamate improbable characters speaking a multitudinous mishmash of languages, laughably OTT action, insane dramatics and a hokey story. Of course the result would be a travesty. Not! Such a concoction can only lead to 2005's best shot at a seminal HK action flick, courtesy of dependable helmsman Daniel Lee, who previously provided us with good but wholly underrated Star Runner (2002).

Better yet, Dragon Squad erases much of the bitterness left after Election cast a pall on local crime-oriented cinema, and successfully brings to the fore almost all the celebrated ingredients we love so much and have been yearning for. Chief among these are guns, which here come in almost every imaginable shape or form, occupying a huge chunk of proceedings, to the extent of bullets flying as if typhoon season had no inclination to end. This leaden deluge culminates in one of the longest gun battles on record, a scene that does drag on a bit but when viewed in the proper context surely warrants our respect. Indeed, it has been too long.

Make no mistake, DS also includes a sharp touch of choppers for good measure, and characters that can take numerous slices as well as gunshot wounds before even hinting at going down. What more on any planet could you possibly ask for in a gung-ho action bonanza? All this comes as both a surprise and drought-breaker, for too much of an interval passed since the last of this blessed breed of motion picture emerged from HK, and kudos to Mei Ah for supporting the project. Cast, crew and producers apparently made sure every classic detail made it, down to smoking, an activity so cherished from bang-bang watersheds like John Woo's, despite the anti-lighting-up trend currently sweeping the globe.

So you clamor for story. Silly! At any rate, there is one if you insist. Sammo Hung, one of our favorite heroes when he's not meddling with crap like Legend of the Dragon, does veteran and almost retired cop Kong Long ("Dinosaur"), who gets called upon to mentor a posse of brash Interpol agents on their most vital task to date. The titular Dragon Squad consists of Shawn Yue as special Hong Kong police officer Lok, Lawrence Chou in the role of left-handed US SWAT shooter Andy Hui, Xia Yu (In the Heat of the Sun) as smooth mainland military sniper Cheung and Eva Huang, who depicts undercover hottie Suet. In addition, former F4 member Vanness Wu comes in to help save the day as UK SAS trooper Chang, and the whole kit and caboodle apparently showcase some kind of international cooperative effort, hence the resultant linguistic snafu, with Cantonese, Putonghua and English mixed to deliciously HK-ish effect. It's all way better than Star Trek's universal translator.

And while none of the good guys really excel (save maybe Sammo, who's back to form with his ubiquitous cigar in tow), it's the villains that steal the show. Facing off against the Dragon Squad, our baddies arrive in the city to take care of personal vendettas aimed at local triad maestro Tiger Duen, causing the Dragons to step in as protectors of law and order.

On the evil squad we have chilling Maggie Q (Naked Weapon and the upcoming MI:3) as somewhat-demented Vietnamese sniper Song, and what a marvelous job this girl does. She definitely comes in as a natural for the bitchy-murderous type. To bolster things further, Korean actor Heo Jun Ho appears as sadistic but honorable Colonel Ko, plus action stalwart Michael Biehn (Aliens, Terminator, The Abyss) puts his two cents in via Colombian assassin Petros, leader of the bad guy cartel. All of the above generate highly distinct characters with an ominous feel, while at the same time making sure we realize they're not truly wicked, but rather driven by genuine, even valid motives. The movie goes on to depict camaraderie among the opposition, something it does not achieve in dealing with the good people.

Certainly, there is an attempt here to convey more than violence, and DS spends time on sentimental content periodically, flirting with love interests and Kong Long's relationship with his daughter (Isabella Leung). While not superfluous, these segments surely play second violin to the meaty action portions, at best amounting to a harmless variation.

What this picture boils down to is top-notch gun battles, done with impressive attention to detail. There's almost none of the glaring continuity problems often afflicting HK products, so things make sense, and exchanges, no matter long or short, feel and sound substantial. Compliments must go to the sound department: audio-wise, Dragon Squad makes one believe they're being shot at. And while some cast members don't convince as bonafide weapons handlers (most notably Eva Huang), others come across totally skilled, as observed in Maggie Q and Biehn.

Most importantly, DS is one violent movie, drenched in crimson start to finish. With that and several gratifying mature language moments, it probably deserves a Category III rating more than Election ever did. Speaking of which, Dragon Squad also features memorable cameos, including one by Election star Simon Yam (as police captain Hong Sun). Others join the fray, too, with both Daniel Lee favorite Andy On (Black Mask II, Star Runner, New Police Story) and Li Bingbing (World without Thieves) adding to the already intoxicating recipe.

Perhaps it has to do with opting for world-acclaimed supervision (Steven Seagal co-produced), or maybe we were just due for some karma adjustment. Either way, this amounts to an action experience straight from the textbooks, and should not be missed by anyone hankering for old-fashioned bullet-infused antics with more than a modest dollop of Hong Kong mannerisms.

Rating: * * * *

13 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
$50 says Beihn dies in this... dude_love
What rifle was used? Tha_Answer_3
When is the showing of the Dragon Squad here in US joannef42004
For the whole team of 'Dragon Squad' may_sg
It's the HK version of the POWER RANGERS blood_racing
This movie wasnt very good... hiding_from_the_truth
Discuss Dragon Squad (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: