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Dragon (2011) More at IMDbPro »Wu xia (original title)

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Dragon -- Action icon Donnie Yen stars in this gripping martial arts thriller about a reformed gang lord on the run and a ruthless detective determined to bring him to justice.
Dragon -- A village craftsman who saves a shopkeeper from two notorious gangsters finds himself under investigation by a detective who becomes convinced that his subject's martial-arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region’s vicious clans.
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Release Date:
4 July 2011 (China) See more »
A papermaker gets involved with a murder case concerning two criminals leading to a determined detective suspecting him and the former's vicious father searching for him. | Full synopsis »
11 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Donnie Yen ... Liu Jin-Xi

Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Detective Xu Bai-Jiu

Wei Tang ... Ah Yu

Yu Wang ... The Master (as Jimmy Wang Yu)
Kara Hui ... The Master's wife (as Ying Hung Wai)

Wu Jiang ... Xu's investigator
Kang Yu ... Yan Dongsheng
Kenji Tanigaki ... Yan's associate
Li Jia-Min ... Liu Xiao-Tian
Zheng Wei ... Liu Fang-Zheng

Xiaoran Li ... Bai-Jiu's wife (as Xiao Ran Li)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zun-Kui Chen ... Butcher's child
Qing-Hua Cun ... Young Thief's Father
Shou-Wei Cun ... Villager
Shou-Ze Cun ... Villager
Xian-Hua Cun ... Villager
Cun Dai-Ying ... Villager
Li De-Fen ... Villager
Duan De-Qiang ... Villager
You-Qing Deng ... Villager
Pan Han-Ying ... Butcher's child
Yang Huan ... Soldier
Ma Jia-Heng ... Villager
Jiamin Li ... Xiaotian
Yi-Chong Lin ... Villager
Yu-Yu Liu ... Villager
Zheng-Lin Liu ... Villager
Zhaogang Ma ... Butcher
Han Mu-Tun ... Officer
Du Ning ... Tavern waiter
Yan Qin ... Tavern owner
Lin Ru-Bi ... Villager
Hu Shan-Shan ... Butcher's wife
Cun Shao-De ... Villager
He Shao-Wei ... Village elder
Cun Shi-Dong ... Villager
Li Shi-Shi ... Butcher's child
Zhou Shou ... Butcher
Yang Tian-Rong ... Village elder
Chun-Yuan Wang ... Magistrate
Fei Wang ... Coroner
Jinsong Wang ... Advisor
Lian-Sheng Wang ... No. 2 village elder
Wang Wei ... No. 1 village elder
Feng-Chun Xu ... Butcher's wife
Hua Yan ... The Master's Henchman
Li-Hui Yang ... Villager
Yan-Xian Yang ... Villager
Xian-Guo Yin ... General Store Keeper's Wife
Rong-Guang Zhang ... Village elder
Yan-Qi Zhang ... Young thief
Zheng-Yuan Zhang ... General store keeper
Jia-Xian Zhao ... Villager
Bo Zhou ... Policeman
Yun-Xia Zhou ... Butcher's child
Yin Zhu-Sheng ... Xu Kun

Directed by
Peter Chan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joyce Chan 
Oi Wah Lam 

Produced by
Sam Ban .... line producer
Peter Chan .... executive producer
Peter Chan .... producer
Lau Ho .... line producer
Jianxin Huang .... executive producer
Yuet-Jan Hui .... producer (as Jojo Yuet-Chun Hui)
Jan-Sang Lee .... line producer
Yau-Hei Lee .... line producer
Alan Zhang Lun .... executive producer
Chan Mui .... line producer
Hong Qin .... executive producer
Suen Wai .... line producer
Charlie Kai-chung Wong .... line producer
Ada Foo Yeuk-Jing .... associate producer
Hong-Yan Zhang .... associate producer
Jing Zhi-Gang .... associate producer
Yang Zhi-Guo .... executive producer
Li Zhou .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kwong Wing Chan 
Cinematography by
Yiu-Fai Lai (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Derek Hui 
Production Design by
Li Sun 
Art Direction by
Chung Man Yee 
Costume Design by
Dora Ng 
Production Management
Ringo Chen .... assistant production manager
Mei Hong .... assistant production manager
Wen-Bo Jiang .... assistant production manager
Dong Ke-Yan .... assistant production manager
Jian-Hua Liu .... assistant production manager
Yao Lu .... assistant production manager
Shun Choi Ngai .... assistant production manager
Hong Tao .... assistant production manager
Liang Yong .... production manager
May Yu Yut .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yang Huan .... third assistant director
Yu Liu .... second assistant director
Felicia Tang .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Lu Ke .... sound recordist
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound designer
Nopawat Likitwong .... sound mixer/re-recording mixer
Nopawat Likitwong .... supervising sound editor
Kaikangwol Rungsakorn .... sound editor
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... sound designer
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Theodore Godwin .... digital intermediate production coordinator
Jay Seung Jaegal .... visual effects supervisor
Daehwan Jang .... matchmove artist
Sang Hyun Jung .... digital compositor (2010)
Andy Kang .... visual effects
Jong Ik Kang .... visual effects supervisor
Siu Fu Ma .... compositor
Il Hwan Na .... digital matte painting
E.W.Y. Tang .... visual effects coordinator
Kwok-yin Yung .... visual effects
Bing-Chuen Cheung .... action choreographer
Jan-To Tam .... action choreographer
Kenji Tanigaki .... action choreographer
Hua Yan .... action choreographer
Donnie Yen .... action director
Camera and Electrical Department
Zheng-Jia Guo .... gaffer
Yeung Jan-Yu .... grip
Jake Pollock .... camera operator
Matthew Wakai .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Editorial Department
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Ji Zhao .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Kam .... composer: additional music
Chatchai Pongprapaphan .... composer: additional music
Traithep Wongpaiboon .... music score mixer
Other crew
Nora L. Ferris .... insurance broker
Chu Kai-Mung .... script supervisor
Luk Lu .... script supervisor
Chris Tsui .... assistant: Donnie Yen
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
Harvey Weinstein .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wu xia" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Swordsmen" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Rated R for violence
115 min | USA:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA (2011) | Germany:16 | Japan:PG12 | Malaysia:18 (censored version) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (edited for re-rating) | South Korea:18 (original rating) | UK:15 | USA:R

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References One-Armed Swordsman (1967)See more »


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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Move Thee Reviews: A Fascinating Fusion of Different Genres, 20 July 2011
Author: Kenji Chan from Hong Kong

Before watching Director Peter Ho-sun Chan's latest movie, Wu Xia, starring Donnie Yen, I expected to watch a typical martial arts movie. Contrary to my expectations, the movie is a fascinating fusion of a detective story, forensic science, action, humor, politics and family drama.

Wu Xia is a gripping story about the dark side of human nature. There are several intriguing things that are worth nothing. First, Detective Xu Baijiu believes that the law is more important than humanity. His blind obedience to the law contrasts sharply with the corrupt officials accepting bribes, which is a political satire. Please note what happens to the villain at the end, which ridicules the unscrupulous legal system invented by humans. Second, the difference between humans and animals is highlighted. Please note that cows, horses, flies and worms are shown in the movie and respect for animals is emphasized. Moreover, in a fighting scene, Kara Hui's character can be seen through a cow's eye, which symbolically shows her ruthless character. Third, in some scenes, the candles glimmer in the darkness, which symbolically shows the struggle between good and evil in a human being.

Peter Chan and Oi-wah Lam have grasped the key to writing a good story. Indeed, three-dimensional characters are more important than fancy fight scenes, so they take their time developing the characters in the movie. Thanks to the capable cast, the well-crafted script, the restrained costumes and the breathtaking setting, most characters are lifelike. In the movie, Takeshi Kaneshiro gives the most memorable performance, considering his dual role as his good self and his dark self. Detective Xu Baijiu, whose biggest battle lies within, is torn between his conscience and his blind faith in the law. Also, his attempt to speak the Sichuan dialect is comical. As for Donnie Yen, he is charismatic and his action is well-choreographed. Still, he slightly underacts in the crying scene and the one in which he kills the butcher and his children. Playing ruthless villains, Yu Wang and Kara Hui deliver flawless performances. Their characters, albeit monochrome, look eerily menacing.

As for my suggestions for improvement, some insignificant details can be trimmed and Liu Jin-xi's change can be further developed. Despite these minor flaws, the movie grabs me from beginning to end, not only because of the adrenalin-pumping action, but also the well-developed characters that the audience cares about. Featuring a creative mix of different genres as well as a fine balance between drama and action, Wu Xia is so far the best Hong Kong movie I have watched in 2011.

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