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Kiss of the Dragon [DVD] [2001]

Jet Li|Bridget Fonda|Tchéky Karyo|Laurence Ashley , Chris Nahon    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jet Li|Bridget Fonda|Tchéky Karyo|Laurence Ashley
  • Directors: Chris Nahon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDOT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,161 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In Kiss of the Dragon, Chinese undercover agent Jet 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. Coscreenwriter 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

On the DVD: Kiss of the Dragon is a film that relies on its superbly choreographed fight scenes, so luckily the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 widescreen presentation is spotless. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track positively shakes the room in the action sequences and atmospheric music by Craig Armstrong perfectly underscores the highs and lulls in the drama. Extras are plentiful: the audio commentary from Director Chris Nahon with Jet Li and Bridget Fonda is informative. "Jet Li--Fighting Philosophy" is a 12-minute bluffer's guide to Li and his life on and off-screen. "Cory Yuen--Action Academy" is about the work of long-time Li collaborator Yuen and details his fighting methodology. The "Police Gymnasium Fight: Martial Arts Demo" follows Yuen and fellow stuntmen blocking the stunning battle sequence. There are also a number of production stills and trailers for other Fox releases. --Kristen Bowditch

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Liu Jian (Jet Li) is a Chinese government agent who has been sent to France to assist in the arrest of a Chinese heroin smuggler. But when he arrives he is framed for murder by corrupt French police detective Jean-Pierre Richard (Tchéky Karyo) and forced to go on the run in a bid to prove his innocence. When he meets Jessica (Bridget Fonda), a prostitute whose daughter Isabel is being held captive by Richard, Liu offers to get Isabel back if Jessica will help expose Richard's corruption. Jessica agrees and much martial arts mayhem follows.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Li's best english speaking flim. 10 May 2003
Out of all the english speaking flims that Martial arts star Jet Li has done upon writing this review, (that including Cradle 2 the Grave) Kiss of the Dragon has to be the best of the lot.
KOD sreenplay was done by acclaimed French director Luc Besson (Leon, Fifth Element) who also was one of the producers as well and you can tell this by the moody, gritty, stylish feel which most his work has.
The story, first conceived by Li himself, is basically about a Chinese Government agent (played by Li) who is sent to Paris on a serect mission to assit the French police. But things go wrong and Li is double cross by the police, lead by Tcheky Karyo. From then on its a chase to clear his name.
While the story has been done a million times before, you don't really notice it due to the fast-paced sreenplay by Besson and the hard hitting action scenes.
The action scenes are all choreographed by Corey Yeun (director of a few Hong Kong flims featuring Jet Li like 'Bodyguard from Beijing') and they are all quite slick, managing to show off Li's incredible speed. For a 'modern day' set flim ,KOD manged to have just the right balance so you feel these moves that Li's pulling off, can be done in real life.
But a problem I do have is sometimes; the fight scenes are directed too close. In most Hong Kong Martial arts flims, the action is panned out so you get to see the whole scene (think Matrix's Dojo fight scene with Reeves & Fishburne) and in KOD their just too close, meaning fights may get confusing.
While most Jet Li fans don't see his flims for his acting ability, he doesn't do a bad job in KOD. Portraying a calm & understated persona in the flim and flexing his english speaking skills more than his previous outing in Romeo Must Die.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of Jet Li's Recent Films 14 Sep 2004
By rp
Wow! All the other reviewers have said just about everything there is to say about this film (some of there reviews must be longer than the film's script).
The action in this film is nicely filmed. Jet Li is stunning. Burt Kwok (star of the Pink Panther and Harry Hill) shows that he can be a very good serious actor. Fonda is spot on.
I'd rate this film above The Enforcer and The Black Mask, but below Once Upon a Time In China and Fist of Legend.
With a little more Kung Fu and a bit less gunplay it might have rivalled Jet Li's best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Kiss Of The Dragon" features the usual mixture of Jet Li Martial Arts mayhem and a bad-guy body count that's satisfyingly large.

However - UK fans should note that despite it's dirt-cheap price across the way - the 'US' BLU RAY on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Buy the UK issue instead – it’s also available for a peanuts amount of money - it's a looker on the format - and has the fab Bridget Fonda looking cute enough to engender marriage proposals...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Furious & Fun 2 Aug 2002
I felt the villain was superb. He portrays a really nasty piece of work. The tension that he creates is very tangible. It is refreshing to see that the lead villain was NOT casted, on account of his Martial Arts abilities for the final battle, as in many other poorly scripted films, but was there just for his sheer malevolence. Jet Li, was again, unassumingly fantastic. He is, I am sure a valuable role model for young Martial Artists, not just for his technical abilities, but also for the way he seems to carry himself. His acting abilities far outstrip other Martial Art Actors. This is a gritty, fast action film which is well worth watching. OK, so some parts of the script were a little bit unrealistic, but the important point for me was the fact that the fight scenes on the whole were again, refreshingly accurate. A decent kick to the head drops people.
People do not queue up in order to hit you sequentially. For me, this film, together with "Romeo Must Die" are the best films with Jet Li. Forget buying "The One" (the one to avoid watching) and "Black Mask" etc. Have a look at this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kiss of the dragon 25 April 2003
I'm not a big fan of martial arts type of films but having seen this one twice now, I can say truthfully that I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. It had me hooked! and so my father and husband also.
I think with this sort of film, you need to sit back and enjoy it for what it is. Jet Li was brill and Bridget was on top form and in the best role I've seen her for ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice action 29 July 2003
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I brought this film because of a recommendation from a mate. What an action film. Cool fight scenes and a great ending, which I won't tell you about, you'll have to watch it.
The reason why I only gave it 4 stars is because it was sloppy in places. And it took a long time to gt back up again. But a defenate if you like action films.
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Jet Li's true masterpiece of the 2000s is a blitzkrieg of crazy, hard-R martial arts. The film was made to satisfy Li's fans, who requested more realistic fight scenes.It is notable as most of the action sequences did not use CGI or wire work; only two scenes required CGI enhancement and only one scene involved wire work.Nicely filmed, acted and scored, "Kiss" is almost more of a drama than an action film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brill
jet li brilliant great action martial arts galore couldn't ask for more brill film and good story . . .
Published 1 month ago by sarah morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
As ever a great Jet Li movie. If you love martial arts then this is for you. A great story line and plenty of action.
Published 7 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars jet li at his best
I like the story of this movie as well as the action. Li is sent to france to help with an investigation some organisation, but the french police chief doesn't take kindly to this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Electric
2.0 out of 5 stars not a good film
Jet li is not my favourite martial art actor , infact his moves are similiar to many others , I did enjoy some of the fight scenes aswell as jet li giving us some adventure but the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by juliedilworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique!!
An excellent movie, great story, good acting and of course brill martial arts!
Just love actor's who can deliver their martial arts naturally on screen, no doubles,
no... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anthony Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
This is a great film and have watched it over and over again, it's definitely one of jet li's best!
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Stacey Hooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
Absolutely love this film. Great action and a worth while film to get engaged in, with an easy plot to follow. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Pc Marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiss of the Dragon [DVD] [2001]
I first seen this film on the TV and after watching it had to buy it and i am so pleased i did, this is a great film, very well made.
Published 12 months ago by andypuddy
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it
i cant stop watching it

i love it and it past the time.

everyone hows like it buy it for your psp.
Published 12 months ago by Samuel Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb movie
This is a 'must see' movie for all Jet Li fans, and you will love Fonda's character as the heroine sorely abused and used(a lesson to all young women out there! Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. M. Short
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