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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.

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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
Ric Young 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
Max Ryan ... Lupo
Colin Prince Colin Prince ... Lupo's Assistant
Vincent Glo Vincent Glo ... Pluto
Vincent Wong Vincent Wong ... Minister Tang
Kentaro Kentaro ... Chen
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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>

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Taglines:

Hito no koroshikata shika wakaranakatta [Japan] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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 »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,304,027, 8 July 2001

Gross USA:

$36,845,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,437,847
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cyril Raffaelli knows how to perform the one-and-a-quarter backwards somersault-kick he does in the final fight scene without the aid of wires. There were at least two takes without the wire, but supposedly Cyril was moving too fast for the camera. Wires were added in for "clarity". See more »

Goofs

When Jessica tells Liu what is happening to her and how she got in the position she is in, mid-way through the movie, her hair instantly changes position. See more »

Quotes

Richard: There is a time for diplomacy and a time for action. Diplomacy is dead.
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Alternate Versions

The Trailer shows some scenes not included in the final Movie See more »

Connections

References Léon: The Professional (1994) See more »

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Ghir Dini
(English Version)
(Assia / Assia - Khalil)
Performed by Assia
(p) 2000 Virgin France SA
Published by Delabel Editions (1999)
Courtesy of Virgin France
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User Reviews

 
Forget the kiss, this is kick of the dragon.
15 March 2010 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

What do you want from a Jet Li movie? By the time of Kiss Of The Dragon being released, many of his fans had been vociferous about how his film's were losing realism in the fight scenes. Here, teaming up with Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen in the writing room, Li himself set about readdressing the balance for American produced martial artistry. The result is of course a preposterous plot that should duly have been expected, but without doubt for action fans this is a real high kicker that delivers thrill after thrill as Li beats up Paris.

The plot simply sees Li as Chinese intelligence agent Liu Siu-jian who is sent to Paris to aid in the apprehension of a Chinese drug lord. Things go belly up when corrupt cops led by Insp. Richard {Tchéky Karyo} wipe out the target and frame Liu Siu-jian for the murder. But he ain't going to take it on the chin. So with the help of prostitute witness Jessica Kamen (Bridget Fonda), he sets about clearing his name whilst perhaps helping Jessica get her life back on track too. Cue the odd couple forming a tender relationship as they shift from one death defying encounter to another.

The action on offer here is excellently put together, there's minimal CGI and even less wire work involved. This is stunts and martial artistry produced by a master craftsman. From a unique use of a snooker ball to an exhilarating smack down with a class of martial arts students, and on to a tag team scrap with the blonde twins, this has enough biff and bam to fill the Louvre itself. Li is on fire, not only one of the toughest guys on the planet, but also one of the coolest. While Fonda is hugely touching in a stereotypical role and Karyo continues to be one of the best psycho actors in the new millennium.

Flaws and plot holes here? Of course. Does it matter in a buttock kicking action movie? Course not. 7.5/10


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