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Dragon (2011)

Wu xia (original title)
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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

Director:

Peter Ho-Sun Chan (as Peter Ho-sun Chan)

Writers:

Oi Wah Lam (as Aubrey Lam), Joyce Chan (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donnie Yen ... Liu Jinxi
Wei Tang ... Yu (A-Yu)
Jia-Min Li Jia-Min Li ... Xiaotian (as Jiamin Li)
Wei Zheng Wei Zheng ... Liu Fangzheng
Zheng-Yuan Zhang Zheng-Yuan Zhang ... General store keeper (as Zhengyuan Zhang)
Kang Yu Kang Yu ... Yan Dongsheng
Kenji Tanigaki Kenji Tanigaki ... Yan's associate
Yan Qin ... Tavern owner (Tangguan)
Du Ning Du Ning ... Tavern waiter (Dian Xiaoer) (as Ning Du)
Xian-Guo Yin Xian-Guo Yin ... General store keeper's wife (Liu Laotaitai) (as Xianguo Yin)
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... Xu Baijiu
Chun-Yuan Wang Chun-Yuan Wang ... Magistrate (as Chunyuan Wang)
Yan-Qi Zhang Yan-Qi Zhang ... Young thief (as Yanqi Zhang)
Qing-Hua Cun Qing-Hua Cun ... Young thief's father (as Qinghua Cun)
Feng-Chun Xu Feng-Chun Xu ... Young thief's mother (as Fengchun Xu)
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Storyline

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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

4 July 2011 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragon See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,137, 2 December 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,137, 2 December 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Donnie Yen and Peter Chan presided over the lighting of a billboard for Dragon (2011) that broke the Guinness Book of World Records for its size, 3591 square metres, previously held by a poster for a Michael Jackson album See more »

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Detective Xu Bai-Jiu: Is the law really more important than humanity?
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The scene where the bodies of two bandits are being examined has been shortened to eliminate a very brief spanking of a mischievous child who had been poking the corpses with a stick. See more »

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Wu Xia
17 July 2011 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

"A Chinese version of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (2005)!", which is my immediate response off the top of my head during the viewing at a local cinema, ordainedly a deja vu even banal narrative does undermine the film itself. Also Wu Xia's ostensible propaganda is so-called "microcosmic Kung Fu", which in my opinion, fabricates a promising prologue, particularly leavens the appeal of the detective segments, Takeshi's character is noteworthy for infusing panache into his persistent waywardness, which sounds more intriguing than the hero- hidden-in-a-remote-village plot, unfortunately the mission is unjustly unfulfilled.

Frankly speaking, the overall quality of the film is above average, as Peter Chen's prestige laurels still waver on a high level. The technical job is amazingly done, the acupuncture specifications, the reconstruction of a minority people's village and some canny inventions such as the alarm clock, the ancient condom and the print apparatus are fun to watch, not to mention the ending, which aroused a burst of laughters in the cinema, I must say it is an unexpected and creative one, otherwise, the finale would be more blushing.

Donnie Yen (from the IP MAN franchise), is unquestionably the leading martial superstar in China at present, whilst Jackie Chan is aging and Jet Li put his priority on his charity career. At an abashed age of 48, being the red-hot Kung Fu star, I pessimistically assume that Donnie's heyday will not be protracted too long. This is Takeshi's the third time starring in Peter Chan's films after THE WARLORDS (2007) and PERHAPS LOVE (2005), this time, his thunder cannot be stolen. I am also surprised to see Tang Wei (the budding starlet in LUST, CAUTION 2007) took such a marginalized role in the film, an almost downplayed innocent wife, although solid, her only shining moment is curbed within one cry-scene, to me, it is an inexcusable misemployment. Other two weathered Kung Fu masters are Kara Hui and Yu Wang, as the main villains, both give admirable but a shade monochrome performances.

All in all, the film is a niche under my expectation, but after so many recent disappointments, to name a few, THE LOST BLADESMAN (2011), FIST OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF CHEN ZHEN (2010) (both under the belt of Donnie Yen), Wu Xia show how desperate we need some new blood to inject into the now overheated Chinese Kung Fu genre, which I do appreciate for its effort.


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