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Dragon Fight (1989)

Lung joi tin aai (original title)
Two martial artist friends from China are performing a show in the States. Trouble starts when one of them decides to defect and stay in America.

Director:

Billy Tang Hin-Shing (as Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang)

Writers:

James Yuen (screenplay), Sally Nichols (as Sally Nicholls)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Lei Kwok-Lap (as Jet Lee)
Nina Li Chi ... Kuen (as Nina Li)
Dick Wei ... Wong Wai (as C. L. Tu)
Stephen Chow ... Yau (as Chow Sing Chi)
Henry Fong ... Marco
Wang Ko Wang Ko ... Uncle Man
Mark Williams Mark Williams ... Marco's Bodyguard (as Marc D. Williams)
Victor Chew Victor Chew ... Ping
Michael McFall Michael McFall ... Tong
Tom Spinoza Tom Spinoza ... Big Boss
George Chung George Chung ... Big Boss's Killer
Ernie Reyes Sr. Ernie Reyes Sr. ... Big Boss's Killer (as Ernie Reyes)
Adam Ngan Adam Ngan ... Wai's Bodyguard
Wai Tong Wong Wai Tong Wong ... Wai's Bodyguard
Fong Chung Ming Fong Chung Ming ... Ambassador of China
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Two martial artist friends from China are performing a show in the States. Trouble starts when one of them decides to defect and stay in America.

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This Dragon won't give up without a fight!

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Goofs

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Quotes

Jimmy Lee: [Andy is getting beat up by thugs] What's going on?
Andy Yau: Help me!
Jimmy Lee: What is it?
Andy Yau: They robbed me. Beat them up!
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Unremarkable movie with some remarkable fighting
17 May 2005 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

In "Dragon Fight", one of his earliest and least-seen films, Jet Li is part of a Chinese team that comes to San Francisco for a martial-arts exhibition. However, after the show one of his partners (played by Dick Wei) decides that he doesn't want to go back to his country, and during his getaway he accidentally kills a cop. Jet is wrongly accused of the crime, gets arrested, escapes and finds refuge in the home of a guy who had seen and admired him in the show, while Dick becomes a well-paid assassin in the service of a gangster. Through a few too many coincidences, the paths of these two former friends cross again...

Because so few people have seen "Dragon Fight" (it hasn't even been released on DVD yet!), there is a temptation to say that it's a "hidden treasure" in Jet Li's filmography. Well, it isn't. It is a rather unremarkable movie. But what is remarkable about it is some of the fighting, which is refreshingly realistic (the word "refreshingly" goes for those who, like me, hate flying-fu). Jet Li is at his most youthful, handsome and likable, but "Dragon Fight" is almost as much Dick Wei's film as it is Jet's. This is the only time they worked together on a film, and their final showdown is definitely worth waiting for. (**1/2)


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

1 September 1989 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Defector See more »

Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Utah, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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