Kiss of the Dragon
Movie Stats & Links
|Jet Li, Bridget Fronda, Tcheky
Karyo, Max Ryan
|Leave them at
|She might get
snuggly or just think the movie is stupid.
|No nudity (damn!),
but the drug lord gets some sex.
lots. And then lots more.
|It almost seemed
like a comedy at times.
|Creative use of
laundry room items.
stitching Liu's wound: "I used to sew up pigs."
Also the exchange of: Liu - "I'm a cop."
Jessica - "I'm Santa Claus."
Liu - "Who's Santa Claus?"
Steve Chasman, Jet Li, Happy Walters
I really hope the filmmakers for "Kiss of the
Dragon" didnít expect us to take the film too seriously. I
mean, how can you when Liu Jiuan (Jet Li) completely dismantles the
French police, even in one scene invading the police headquarters,
walking in on a martial arts training class, and proceeds to kick
the asses of the collective group of about 20 people. It was just so
over the top that it was hilarious rather than an action sort of
way. Even the story is kinda silly.
Kiss of the Dragon
A Movie Review
In "Kiss of the Dragon" Liu is sent from China to help
arrest a Chinese drug dealer. He meets up with the head police dude,
Richard (Tcheky Karyo), who is actually the bad guy, and Liu gets
set up for the murder of the drug dude. Now Liu is on the run,
clutching the videotape evidence showing he didnít commit the
murder, and rather than just head for the Chinese embassy, he waits
for a call from his superiors as to what to do next. The problem is
that Richard is following the Chinese dudes, tapping their phone
calls, and ends up getting the tape back. Yes, you guessed it,
rather than destroying the tape Richard holds onto it.
So how does Bridget Fonda fit in? Well, she plays Jessica who is
being blackmailed into prostitution by Richard so she can get her
daughter back. Jessica witnessed the murder and yet Richard doesnít
kill her. Low and behold her "corner" is right in front of
the shop where Liu is hiding out, he lets her go pee, she stitches
up his wound, and their relationship develops. Eventually Liu and
Jessica figure out who each other is and how they fit into the
murder of the drug dealer dude, and Liu promises he would get
Jessicaís daughter back if she tells what she knows about the
murder. Blah, blah, blah.
In the end do you really care what the story is? Nah. All you
care about is if Jet Li kicks some ass and maybe, as a bonus,
Bridget might show some skin. You get some nice bra action from
Bridget, but the movie is full of Jet Li kicking ass, kicking so
much ass too the point it is just funny. You get guys dropped on
their heads getting their necks broken, you get creative uses of
laundry equipment, you get Li kicking a billiard ball across a room
to take out the dude with a gun, you get Li using acupuncture
needles which he carries on his wristband (one used in the spot
called the kiss of the dragon, hence the title of the movie, which
delivers quite a gruesome death as your face basically begins to
bleed from every orifice), and you get a generic action movie with
cool fight scenes.
Acting-wise you wonít be impressed. There are times Fonda is
great in her role as the strung-out prostitute, but then she is
given stupid lines, just seems too dumb, or, well, just doesnít
fit in with the story. Li kicks some major ass but, as is the case a
lot of times, his lines are just added as filler between fight
"Kiss of the Dragon" is one of those movies that really
has no way to click nicely into a decent action movie filled with
intrigue. You get the dumb police dude who doesnít destroy the
evidence once he gets it, you get the generic good guy falling for
the girl, you get so much gunfire that itís unbelievable the good
guy doesnít get killed, and you get a movie that is totally
predictable. You also get scenes so unbelievable that they are just
funny. "Kiss of the Dragon" almost could have been better
if they turned it into a spoof, kinda like "Naked Gun,"
because I really laughed more than I was engrossed in the plot. As a
serious action flick, well, I give "Kiss of the Dragon" 1
Ĺ stars. But, because of the good time I had as things were just so
over the top, well, Iíll add a star. That leaves "Kiss of the
Dragon" with 2 Ĺ stars. Donít expect a great film, just
laugh at the things that our totally out of the realm of reality.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!