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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (International Cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dragon (2011) began as a remake of One-Armed Swordsman (1967), but, according to Twitch Film, these plans were "quickly abandoned". See more »

Quotes

Xu's investigator: [referring to Liu Jin-Xi] He's a reformed man.
Detective Xu Bai-Jiu: We're not here to reform criminals.
Xu's investigator: Then what's our purpose?
Detective Xu Bai-Jiu: [sternly] To serve the law!
Xu's investigator: If the law doesn't help reform people, what good is it?
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

References Yip Man (2008) See more »

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User Reviews

 
CSI, China, Ching Dynasty?
1 January 2012 | by Imhotep77See all my reviews

This is a very interesting and different martial arts movie. Not revolutionary, per se, but it's innovative, exciting, and an original. I admit, with a title like Wu Xia, which means Martial Hero, I've a preconceived notion of the way plot lines should be unfolded. However, it doesn't follow the tried and true formula and even though I was entertained, I felt a little let down, at the beginning. The first half of the movie is basically CSI, China, Ching Dynasty. I thought it's pretty funny but it lacks a certain epic and mystical quality that good martial arts movies have. Then the second half of the movie complements the first half beautifully; it becomes more like a traditional martial arts movie. But what it lacks in innovation more than made up by the heart-pounding action set pieces. The movie is beautifully filmed, with unusual composition and gorgeous color. The score is unorthodox as well, it's almost like a rock score but not so modern that it becomes incongruous with old China. One small quibble, the stunt people are too easily spotted on many of the death defying scenes. All in all, highly recommended.


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