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Kiss of the Dragon (2001)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 6 July 2001 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Chris Nahon

Writers:

Jet Li (story), Luc Besson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Didier Azoulay ... Twin
John Forgeham ... Max
Paul Barrett ... Pilot
Kentaro Kentaro ... Chen
Colin Prince Colin Prince ... Lupo's Assistant
Vincent Glo Vincent Glo ... Pluto
Vincent Wong Vincent Wong ... Minister Tang
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Storyline

Liu Jian, a police officer from China, comes to Paris to help the vice squad apprehend a Chinese drug lord and his unknown French connection. The French connection is Richard, the head of the vice squad, who intends to kill the drug lord then frame Jian. Jian ducks a bullet and escapes with a tape of what really happened. By chance, Jian turns to Jessica - a US farm girl who is one of Richard's hookers - for help. She has her own problems, including the fact that Richard has her daughter locked in an orphanage to keep Jessica on the streets and silent about his activities. Can Jian protect Jessica, rescue her daughter, and give Richard the kiss of the dragon? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Kiss Fear Goodbye See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French | Mandarin

Release Date:

6 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

KOD: Kiss of the Dragon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,304,027, 8 July 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,845,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,592,723
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

The hotel receptionist takes his glasses off after giving Liu Jian the envelope addressed to 'Mr Smith' but the next time we see him, they are back on and he is taking them off again. See more »

Quotes

Liu Jian: I don't like to get bored.
Richard: Me neither, but you turn out to be VERY boring.
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Alternate Versions

The Philippine theatrical version removes the following:
  • When Inspector Richard is beating two men on separate occasions, the sights of their severely bloodied faces are deleted.
  • The scene when the hooker stabs Mister Big in the chest and back with a needle edits out the close-up shots of the actual stabbing.
  • During the grenade explosion that rips through the laundry chute, the shot of a man's lower half dropping to the floor is edited.
  • When Max forcibly delivers a heroin injection into Jessica upon orders from Richard, the actual insertion into her arm is removed.
  • The graphic shots of when Liu Jian impales Max's neck with a pair of chopsticks are removed.
  • The sequence showing the results of the "Kiss of the Dragon" on Richard's face is trimmed (we don't see the slow motion shot and the close-up on his face after he falls to the floor).
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Connections

References Frantic (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Lapdance
(Pharrell Williams / Chad Hugo / Malice (as Gene Thornton))
Performed by N.E.R.D. featuring Lee Harvey and Vita "Lapdance"
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. o/b/o itself and Waters Of
Nazareth (BMI) / EMI April Music Inc. o/b/o itself and Chase Chad
Music (ASCAP) / Cenmare Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Very good action movie
7 July 2001 | by krsudarsSee all my reviews

This is definitely Jet Li's best action movie since he came over from Hong Kong. Some scenes reminiscent of Fist of Legend in this one. Quite well choreographed fight scenes with good realistic violence a la Bruce Lee. The plot is rather formulaic, as is much of the dialogue (I expected better from Besson), but the movie has a bit of the 'Nikita' flair (guys going crazy with fully automatic weapons in public places). A bit too much talking and not enough fighting, but far superior to 'Romeo Must Die'. The use of no wires is also a very nice touch. Best action movie of this summer so far. (8/10)


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