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on 20 April 2016
Dragon is a beautifully filmed and choreographed martial arts film set in China in around 1920. Donnie Yen plays Tang Long, the former murderous second in command of a group of warriors (the 72 Demons), who having forsaken his violent past, is now married and living quietly under an alias (Liu Jinxi) in a small village. Fate takes a hand one day when two thiefs try to rob the store in the village and Liu kills them both. A detective (Xu Baijiu) sent to the village to investigate the incident discovers that one of the dead men was a notorious killer and becomes suspicious that there is more to Liu than being a simple villager.

Xu discovers that Liu is in fact Tang Long and in his attempts to get an arrest warrant inadvertently allows a corrupt official to inform the head of the 72 Demons of the whereabouts of Tang Long, who sends his men to the village to get him. The changing nature of the relationship between Xu and Liu/Tang Long is also a central part of the film.

It looks beautiful, the action scenes are great as you would probably expect, but it is also well acted and some of the quieter scenes are also full of tension (I particularly liked the scene when Liu, having revealed to Xu that he is really the infamous Tang Long, is escorting him back alone through the forest towards the city, where he knows Xu will seek an arrest warrant for him).

Recommended.
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on 17 November 2015
A very enjoyable movie. This movie has great marital arts and even martial detective skills. When an inspector is sent to investigate a paper maker who has managed to kill two dangerous criminals in self-defence; looking into how this is possible he discovers some secrets are better left unsolved, especially when said secrets are attached to a ruthless gang of murders. The fights are great (even the first fight after it is re analysed) Donnie reputation as the fasted hands in the East is more than lived up to. Great martial arts, good detective work and evil ruthless bad guys you want dead.
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on 2 October 2013
True this isn't an all out martial arts action flick. What it is, is a very good story which throws in some fantastic fighting elements. The bulk of the film surrounds a detective who is determined to uncover donnie yens true identity and dark past. The villains in this film are truly ruthless as a bad guy should be and the fight sequences are fantastic. I'd recommend this to any eastern cinema/martial arts lover. The only Redfin it doesn't get 5 stars is because yet again, the story and hence the movies run time, has been cut for western audiences, (because apparently we have the attention span if a fish. Casing point, the other review!!). If you want the full uncut version you'll have to track down "Wu Xia". This is the HK or eastern release and us fully uncut at around 20 mins longer.
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on 24 May 2017
Oh my! Donnie is just an awesome sight. What a great fighter.
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on 20 July 2017
good film
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on 23 March 2014
OK, first ask yourself what do you want from a martial arts film? Firstly, i'd say this is a film that just happens to include fighting. The reviews give you an idea of what you get here. Indeed, this film isn't a series of fight sequences interspersed with an attempt to tie them together with dodgy acting on a budget. I enjoyed the fight sequences, i enjoyed the acting and the plot, and they spent some cash on it, so it looks nice. Good interplay between the two leads, some twists, it keeps you engaged. Yes you have to read the subtitles, to be honest i'd rather that than listen to a westernised dub. Not quite up with Ip Man (imo this is better than Ip Man 2), i'm going to look out for the uncut version 'Wu Xia', not sure why they trimmed 20mins from this 94min version, unless they felt there was too much acting!! I take the point made about packaging, i've bought films based on the cover, but then they are designed to sell films!
Extras - you get some insight to the film with a 10min or so Donnie Yen interview.........Legend of the Fist up next.
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Great
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on 19 July 2016
Got this second hand from a charity shop and absolutely love it, one of the most interesting kung fu films ever done. Donny Yen is ace as a simple villager creating paper, but then he dispatches two villians who attack the local store. Queue the detective who has to judge if the deaths are lawful or not and at this point the film dazzles by freezing the action as the detective thinks about what has happened at the scene of the crime. Alternate conclusions are made and he becomes supsicious of Donny Yen's explanation, and believes him to be a skilled martial artist.

The story progresses and the amazing bald master appears, he's the same guy who starred in The One Armed Swordsman Jimmy Wang and he is badass! In the end fight against a now one armed Donny, sillily cutting off his left arm before he learnt Wang had his son, Bald Master uses qigong to make himself impervious to Donny's blade strikes! Woot!! Amazing kung fu choreography all round. The other fight vs a double blade wielding Kara Hui is wicked as well, Donny using unarmed techniques to disarm and subdue her.

Donny has made other films with a similiar story that reprise him trying to hide and live a normal life, keeping away from his former gang friends, like Legend of the Wolf which is another kickass high octane kung fu extravaganza. Never mess with the Yen Maester! :-D Not your usual chop socky formula but an innovative and highly original film well worth adding to your martial arts collection.
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on 9 March 2017
The cover of this feature doesn't earn the justice of the content with just 3 fight scenes including one with his father. One star from me for the poor quantity of fight scenes, I expected more.
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on 26 May 2015
Love this movie, its so damn good. the way its shot, the story and Donnie yen is just pro. brilliant.
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