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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 overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Liu Jian
Bridget Fonda ... Jessica Kamen
Tchéky Karyo ... Insp. Richard
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

In the beginning when Liu Jian attempts to escape the French and breaks the door open after going down one level, he closes the glass door into the balcony. But when Richard and his men go into that room the balcony door is open. See more »

Quotes

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

As Richard (Tchéky Karyo) shoots one of his bodyguards, there is an alternate shot in the French version where you see the exit of the bullet at the back of his head. You see blood spurting from the wound. All other versions omit this scene. See more »

Connections

References Taxi (1998) 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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Breathtaking as well as interesting art martial movie with violent combats , thrills and professionally shot
3 December 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture is full of tumultuous sequences with frenetic action , surprises , fierce combats and groundbreaking struggles . Classic as well as impressive Chop-Socky in which wild fighting scenes provide an overwhelming view of Jet Li skills . It has lots of fights , as well staged as Jet Li's Hong Kong films . It is set in Paris where a betrayed intelligence officer (Jet Li) enlists the aid of a prostitute (Bridget Fonda) to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her . Li against time to clear his name and rescue a junkie whore and her daughter . When the secret mission goes wrong he is framed for murder by a nasty as well and amusing villain officer , Insp. Richard (Tchéky Karyo) ; as the Chinese agent will face off a bunch of heinous henchmen across threatening streets of Paris . Then Li has to go on the run pursued by corrupt cops , being his only ally the mistreated call-girl and an old Chinese shopkeeper (Bur Kwouk) .

This moving Chop-Socky displays drama , action-packed , thrills , and wild fighting images . It is an action-filled and violent film , being utterly filmed in Paris . Li shows awesome skills , as he hits , punches and kicks most of Paris hoodlums into tiny pieces . The battle scenes are sliced up by means of flashy quick cuts that sometimes reduce Jet Li's extraordinary athleticism to a little more than the backdrop to a video clip . An exciting art martial movie in which , once again , an oriental Chinesse super cop is sent loan to tackle crime in the West . The style of action in this movie was heavily influenced by comments made during series of messages posted by fans on the Jet Li website forum , immediately after the release of Romeo must die (2000) in the United States , the fans wanted more realistic fighting as in Jet Li's movie Jet Li's Fist of Legend (1994) . The rousing fights include deadly use of fists , feet and palms ; being perfectly staged by expert Corey Yeun . Fights , attacks and exciting combats very well staged by great fighters , in fact , here are only seven wires used in the entire movie, the only scenes involving wire work were when Jet Li had to jump up to kick the pool ball and when Cyril Raffaelli performs his one-and-a-quarter backwards somersault-kick ; the result is a strong entry for art martial buffs . Actors made their owns stunts ; some of the players got injured and to had to be hospitalized during the shooting , some of them suffered mild concussions during filming, after being struck several times during fighting scenes . The only scenes that used CGI are when Jet Li falls down the laundry drop with CG flames surrounding him and in the hotel scene when Jet Li kicks the ball from the pool table . Amid the glamour and grandeur of the scenarios , including luxury hotel , is developed an intrigue about women exploitation and dealing with a Chinese agent who attempts to restore his name .

Colorful and luxurious cinematography by Thierry Arbogast . Adequate musical score fitting to action by Craig Armstrong . This moving film was lavishly co-produced and written by the great producer/director Luc Besson and well realized by Chris Nahon . Director Chris Nahon had to slow down the fight scene between Jet Li and Cyril Raffaelli because they were moving too fast for the camera. Filmmaker Nahon establishes his signature style of kinetically-paced story-telling through sumptuous imagery , leading to international critical acclaim . Chris Nahon was born in France , he is a good director and writer, known for Empire of the wolves (2005) , Blood: the last vampire (2009) and Kiss of the dragon (2001) . Rating : Better than average art martial movie . Worthwhile watching .


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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

Gross USA:

$36,845,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,437,847
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2.35 : 1
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