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Liu Jian, an elite Chinese police officer, comes to Paris to arrest a Chinese drug lord. When Jian is betrayed by a French officer and framed for murder, he must go into hiding and find new allies.
In this one Jet Li enlists the aid of a prostitute (Bridget Fonda) to prove his innocence from a deadly conspiracy while returning a favor to her. Story is not really all that important. This one is just an excuse to film one action scene after another. Most of the action/fight scenes are worth checking out. Only in the final "gotta go out with a bang" scene is disappointing. Final thought: This is a pretty standard Jet Li movie....if you like him or will like this one....if not stay away.
I used to watch this all the time, as a kid, and I'm glad to see that it still holds up pretty well.
Allegedly made as a response to Jet Li's fans' displeasure at the over reliance on wire-work in Romeo Must Die, this is probably the best of Li's English language films.
Chris Nahon seems to get Li in a way that Andrzej Bartkowiak didn't, and it's to his credit. The plot is fairly standard stuff, man gets framed for a crime he didn't commit and is out for revenge, but as you might expect, the fight scenes are where this film shines. They're fast, furious, and a hell of a lot of fun. As well as fists and…
Probably the most underated film in the material art genre. The plot may be thin but so was the story in both The Raid movies. Here the story is just an excuse to transport the viewer to the next fighting scene. The fighting choreography is amazing and should get more recognition.
Tcheky Karyo is enough of an over-the-top weirdo (seriously, he's a corrupt police official but also a pimp who keeps a turtle in his desk) and the action scenes are impressive enough (seriously, that police station climax is awesome) that I can forgive this movie for being ultimately pointless and more than a little sexist (seriously, Bridget Fonda deserved better for one of her final roles, but anytime she wants to plan a comeback the world is ready).
I'm gonna keep this review short and sweet, like Liu Jian.
I like Jet Li - he reminds me of a super serious Jackie Chan, I think Kiss of the Dragon is a good story, I love all the songs choices - they remind me of my teen years and Tchéky Karyo makes a really good bad guy.
Is the plot even Important in a movie like this....not really I am not even sure if I remember it a whole lot but gah damn another Jet li movie means a lot of insane action. The acting in this is actually pretty good to Tchky Karyo (had to look up the spelling) play an awesome bad guy. Bridget Fonda is a doll like always and my favorite scene stealing performance is from Max Ryan think he says a few lines but damn I love that scene "500 franks." Now to the action holly crap on a cross they don't make action flicks like this anymore sad day in humanity. This is the first time ive seen Cryil Raffael in…
one of the most awesome jet li films I see beating up franchise's paralyzing with needles fight twins which one is bigger while the other is smaller helping a hooker mother getting her little girl back from one bad cop. its action packed fight scene is great and character is awesome to be. 5/5 stars
While I enjoy the occasional Jet Li, this particular movie is worth watching if just to see Tcheky Karyo's supremely entertaining villain turn. We're talking Alan Rickman-Hans Gruber type greatness here. Over-the-top, in-your-face, and other hyphenated phrases apply. He was obviously having a good time and it helps you ignore the somewhat silly plotholes you could drive a Peugeot through.
how much I like it (50): 33
how good it is (50): 28
overall (100): 61
My first ever martial arts film!
‘Kiss of the Dragon’ is such a bad film. For the most part it forsakes the fight scenes, which is clearly where Jet Li’s talents lie, in favour of a very boring, appallingly acted and laughably scripted spy action thriller that never strays from cliché and isn’t helped by a bland score and unrelentingly beige pallet. There are so many boring scenes of men standing around explaining the plot to each other in what appears to be a wooden acting competition.
What’s more, the plot makes no sense. The French policeman keeps killing high ranking Chinese officials in broad daylight in front of dozens of onlookers for no real reason other than to stop…
Despite of some brain farts in the plot, this is very entertaining stuff. Surprisingly violent. The plot was decent and so much better than on the other Jet Li movie, The One, which I saw sometime ago. The action scenes looked good, even though some scenes that were speed up didn't look that good to my eye. There were some interesting kills. The atmosphere of this movie was serious overall but there was some humour too. An OK movie.
Jet Li stabs a guy with chopsticks like he's Wolverine
li's best hollywood film and the last of a breed of over-the-top yet relentlessly energetic martial arts films, the plotting is basic enough but it soars with glorious fights and nice cinematic touches, a complete guilty pleasure
Movies like 'Kiss of the Dragon" make me sad because I think of all the time Jet Li wasted making average American action films when he could have been using that time to kick more ass in Hong Kong. This movie also made me miss Bridget Fonda.
i haven't seen this since it first came out, still holds up as one of his best English language films