Kiss of the Dragon

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Overview

This action thriller co-written by filmmaker Luc Besson stars Jet Li as Liu Jian, a Chinese intelligence officer in Paris on an assignment that finds him in the midst of an international conspiracy. When Liu's investigation gets too close to uncovering the truth, his life is seriously jeopardized and he's forced to creatively employ his martial arts skills, which includes using a pool ball and the French flag as defensive props. In the meantime, romantic sparks fly between Liu and a sexy witness (Bridget Fonda), ...
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Overview

This action thriller co-written by filmmaker Luc Besson stars Jet Li as Liu Jian, a Chinese intelligence officer in Paris on an assignment that finds him in the midst of an international conspiracy. When Liu's investigation gets too close to uncovering the truth, his life is seriously jeopardized and he's forced to creatively employ his martial arts skills, which includes using a pool ball and the French flag as defensive props. In the meantime, romantic sparks fly between Liu and a sexy witness (Bridget Fonda), while the agent discovers that a trusted French peer (longtime Besson featured player Tcheky Karyo) is actually the double-crossing criminal mastermind he's seeking.
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Special Features

Commentary by director Chris Nahon, and actors Jet Li and Bridget Fonda; Theatrical trailer in high definition
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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: 11/14/2006
  • UPC: 024543395874
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

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

Disc #1 -- Kiss of the Dragon
1. Main Titles
2. Mr. Smith
3. Welcome to Paris
4. A Situation
5. Double-Crossed
6. Into the Fire
7. Gare De L'est
8. Our Best Man
9. The Farmer's Daughter
10. A Kind Person
11. The Tour Boat Trap
12. On the Run
13. Help From Jessica
14. A Tough Client
15. The Witness
16. Trust
17. Jesssica's Escape
18. The Orphanage
19. Liu Jian's Promise
20. A Force of One
21. Double Trouble
22. The Kiss of the Dragon
23. A Promise Kept
24. End Titles
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Kiss of the Dragon
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      Audio
         English 5.1 DTS HD
         Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
         Commentary by Chris Nahon, Jet Li and Bridget Fonda
      Subtitles
         None
         English
         Spanish
   Scenes
   Special Features
      Commentary by Chris Nahon, Jet Li and Bridget Fonda
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         Kiss of the Dragon
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         The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
         Phone Booth
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A martial arts masterpiece.

    This could possibly be the best martial arts film ever made. Enjoy an hour and thirty eight minutes of intense, hard hitting martial arts action mixed with hardcore rap music that goes perfectly with the fighting scenes. Jet Li and Bridget Fonda are the perfect pair for those rolls. I've seen this movie about five times now and I still can't get enough of it. If you're a fan of martial arts films. Then you've no excuse not to see this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Martial Arts movie

    Just about the best Martial Arts movie ever made second to Drunken Master but this is by far the best Jet Li movie ever. With great backround music for the fight scenes. 5 Stars all the way!!!!!!

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