Kiss of the Dragon

Kiss of the Dragon

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Director: Chris Nahon

Cast: Chris Nahon, Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo

     
 

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Chris Nahon directs international action superstar Jet Li in Kiss of the Dragon which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded inSee more details below

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Chris Nahon directs international action superstar Jet Li in Kiss of the Dragon which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround as well. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the star, the director, and female lead Bridget Fonda; a storyboard to film comparison; the theatrical trailer; a featurette about Jet Li; and a making-of featurette. This is a fine disc for what it is, but a different edition of this film is available with a widescreen transfer and the same special features. That edition is preferable to this one.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Martial-arts maestro Jet Li strengthens his hold on international screen stardom with this elaborate, stylistically elegant, and characteristically vigorous action melodrama, certainly his best English-language vehicle to date. Produced and coauthored by French filmmaker Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita), Dragon begins with Li, playing a coolly efficient Chinese lawman, arriving in Paris to assist a high-level government official investigating international drug trafficking. After the official is murdered, Li discovers that the criminal mastermind is a French police inspector (Tcheky Karyo) with virtually the entire Parisian underworld at his beck and call. Bridget Fonda costars as Li’s reluctant ally, a young American mother separated from her child and enslaved as a prostitute. Director-of-record Chris Nahon, in his first effort, is clearly influenced heavily by Besson; Dragon exhibits all that filmmaker’s stylistic traits and shares the techno-noir look of his previous movies. The star and his fight choreographers make inventive use of big sets and small props: You’ll be amazed by what Li can do with, for example, a flying billiard ball. The plot might be a little murky with regard to such trivial things as logic and motivation, but whenever Li springs into action -- which he does frequently -- Kiss of the Dragon becomes rousing entertainment sure to please old fans and create new ones. Nahon joins Li and Fonda for a feature-length commentary accompanying the DVD, which also includes four featurettes covering different aspects of the film's production, two storyboard-to-film comparisons, a gallery of stills, and sundry theatrical trailers and TV spots.
Hollywood Reporter
Li jumps into a series of martial arts sequences of flying fists and balletic moves that truly reinvigorate a genre that has gone stale even in Asia. Kirk Honeycutt

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
UPC:
0024543044932
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Director Chris Nahon, Jet Li and Bridget Fonda; Jet Li featurette; Fight choreographer Cory Yuen featurette; Martial arts demos; Storyboard to film comparisons; Production featurette; Theatrical trailer and more; Pan & Scan (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Audio: English 5.1 Dolby surround, English Dolby surround ; Spanish Dolby surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jet Li Liu Jiuan
Bridget Fonda Jessica
Tchéky Karyo Jean-Pierre Richard
Laurence Ashley Aja
Burt Kwouk Uncle Tai
Cyril Raffaelli Twin No. 1
Didier Azoulay Twin No. 2
John Forgeham Max
Max Ryan Lupo

Technical Credits
Chris Nahon Director
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
Gilles Bannier Asst. Director
Pierre Bechir Costumes/Costume Designer
Luc Besson Producer,Screenwriter
Jacques Bufnoir Production Designer
Marco Cave Editor
Steven Chasman Producer
Helene Cheruy Casting
Jacques Eberhard Asst. Director
Bernard Grenet Co-producer,Producer
Robert Mark Kamen Screenwriter
Jet Li Original Story,Producer
Alfred Lot Asst. Director
Max Morel Casting
Annie Thiellement Costumes/Costume Designer
Vincent Tulli Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Happy Walters Producer
Corey Yuen Action Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:58]
2. Mr. Smith [4:32]
3. Welcome to Paris [3:09]
4. A Situation [4:13]
5. Double-Crossed [1:35]
6. Into the Fire [2:41]
7. Gare de L'Est [5:02]
8. Our Best Man [2:58]
9. The Farmer's Daughter [2:27]
10. A Kind Person [2:36]
11. The Tour Boat Trap [4:10]
12. On the Run [3:26]
13. Help From Jessica [3:19]
14. A Tough Client [4:48]
15. The Witness [2:39]
16. Trust [:53]
17. Jessica's Escape [5:56]
18. The Orphanage [6:57]
19. Liu Jan's Promise [1:05]
20. A Force of One [1:49]
21. Double Trouble [4:01]
22. The Kiss of the Dragon [2:51]
23. Promise Kept [5:36]
24. End Credits [:07]

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