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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
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>

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

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

Gross USA:

$36,845,124

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,437,847
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Having used it to set about a few people in the police station, Liu Jian drops the flag, which then jumps about the floor between shots. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Tai: You play Mah-jongg?
Liu Jian: A little.
Uncle Tai: I love Mah-jongg. Keeps the mind sharp. It's hard to find good players around here. That's why I play by myself. This way, I always win.
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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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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Fights on Boats (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Aerodynamic
(Slum Village Remix)
(Thomas Bangalter (as Thomas Bengalter) / Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo)
Performed by Daft Punk
Produced by Daft Punk
Additional Production by Slum Village
(p) 2001 Daft Life Ltd under exclusive license to Virgin Records Ltd
Published by Zomba Music for World excluding France
Daft Music / Delabel Editions for France
Courtesy of Labels/Virgin France
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User Reviews

 
Terrific Modern Action Movie

Kiss of the Dragon is a hyperactive martial arts movie with a heavy European feel. After Jet Li's fans were left disappointed with the fake, CGI-enhanced fighting in Romeo Must Die he decided to go back to practical, hand-to-hand combat with literally no strings attached. KOTD is the perfect excuse for action, with minimal plot and impossible odds.

Basically, Jet Li plays a Chinese cop Lui Jian who travels to Paris to help the police bring a crime boss to justice. But the French police just happen to be heavily, heavily corrupt and kill Mr. Big, framing Lui Jian in the process.

Keen to stay alive, Lui Jian flees the scene, but not before screaming, mad and completely hat stand police inspector Richard (Tcheky Caryo in his typically delirious role) sends just about every hardened police psycho after him. Outrageously outnumbered, Lui Jian prevails and fights his way through swarms and swarms of thugs out for his blood. Using only his hands and feet (and any useful nearby tool) he manages to wipe them all out.

Far-fetched it may be, but action choreographer Cory Yuen shoots it all in the most realistic and stylish way. You really will believe Lui Jian is capable of such an impossible feat, that's how realistic the action is. And all without glamorising guns.

KOTD uses the rule of increasingly mad set-pieces. The first desperate escape through the corridors and passageways of the hotel, the death-defying escape from the Seine Barge and through the tunnels and sewers, the orphanage confrontation and (especially) the final scene in the police station where Lui Jian takes on a dojo full of martial artist police officers, evil twins and finally Inspector Richard. It's all breathtaking stuff and very, very violent. With far too many sanitised PG-13 minded 'action' movies abundant these days KOTD is a breath of hardcore fresh air.

If you like this then I suggest checking out The Transporter. It may be slightly tamer but it's made by the same people (producer Luc Besson, Writer Robert Mark Kamen and Cory Yuen) and is also set in France, only with a warmer, more exotic look.

The DVD is in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a great Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. There are some extras and a commentary if you're into that sort of thing.


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