Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Front Cover Actor
Jet Li Liu Jian
Bridget Fonda Jessica
Tchéky Karyo Richard
Max Ryan Lupo
Ric Young Mister Big
Burt Kwouk Uncle Tai
Laurence Ashley Aja
Cyril Raffaelli Twin
Didier Azoulay Twin
John Forgeham Max
Paul Barrett Pilot
Colin Prince Lupo's Assistant
Vincent Glo Pluto
Vincent Wong Minister Tang
Kentaro Chen
Stéphane Jacquot Richard's Right Hand Man
Stefan Nelet Tang's Assistant (as Stefan Sao Nelet)
Peter Sakon Lee Tang's Assistant (as Peter Lee)
Isabelle Duhauvelle Isabel
Yannick Derrien Bodysearch Boss
Francesca Disca Red Hair Hooker
Taïra Fat Hooker
David Gabison French Minister
Bertrand Waintrop Customs Official
Alain Zef Video Technician
Nicolas Herault Video Technician
Jean-Marc Huber Fat Thug
Franck Tiozzo Thug
John Maczko Thug
Claude Brécourt Concierge
Jean-Georges Vongerichten Barman
François Nguyen Chinese Bodyguard
Jocelyne Isaac Subway Agent
Raymond Khamvene Fat Chinese Chef Wong
Urfé Koupaki Taxi Driver (Rasta)
Gregory Galin Hotel Clerk
Alexander Koumpan Driver Place de la Concorde
Daniel Milgram Taxi Driver
Bernard Flavien Coroner
Eric Averlant Coroner
Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Drama; Thriller
Director Chris Nahon
Producer Luc Besson; Steve Chasman; Jet Li; Happy Walters
Writer Jet Li; Luc Besson; Robert Mark Kamen
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 98 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Let's face it: No one is usually checking a Jet Li movie for the verbal sparring. In Kiss of the Dragon, Chinese undercover agent Li chops his way through Paris after he's framed in some sketchily defined drug sting operation. The fight sequences are tough and quite brutal, and the over-the-top finale is arguably worth the price of admission, wherein an implacable Li takes on the entire Paris Police Bureau, working his way up toward police chief Tchéky Karyo's office through cops, a pair of peroxide-blond twin henchmen, and a whole class of kung fu cadets. Co-screenwriter Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) should know by now what makes for a nifty genre piece, but the woeful dialogue is a shame, and there aren't nearly enough action sequences to get your blood boiling. Poor Bridget Fonda gives it the old school try in a thankless role as an ex-junkie prostitute from the Midwest whose young daughter is being held captive by duplicitous police chief/drug lord/pimp Karyo (who fairly inhales the scenery). Director Chris Nolan might have pushed further the strangers-in-a-strange-land camaraderie between Li and Fonda, but the script still would've sunk him. --Steve Wiecking
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 80
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 024543030454
Release Date 2003
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database