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Kiss of the Dragon
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by Brian McKay

"It must have been a goodnight kiss, cuz it just about put my ass to sleep"
2 stars

Jet Li wants to be the new Bruce Lee with his latest film, right down to the haircut. Unfortunately, he comes off looking more like Evan C. Kim in "A Fistfull of Yen" (The greatest Bruce Lee parody ever, seen in "Kentucky Fried Movie"). And for chrissakes, can someone from the makeup department put some putty into that crater on his nose?

The story, supposedly co-written by Luc Besson, is typical martial arts pap. Li is a chinese undercover cop sent to Paris to work with french cops, all of whom are corrupt. In fact, the entire french police force seems to be dirty, carrying out criminal activity without the slightest attempt at subtlety or stealth, shooting people in the back in front of dozens of witnesses, etc. Naturally, they set Li up to take the fall when they orchestrate the murder of a chinese crime lord in a french hotel. Tcheky Karyo, who has done some decent work in films like "The Patriot" and "The Messenger", comes off as a faceless eurotrash thug. To make matters worse, a nearly unrecognizable Bridgette Fonda is thrown into the mix as a whiney junkie whore who is forced into prostitution because the above-mentioned eurotrash thug is holding her daughter prisoner, etc. etc.

The result is a really long fucking movie with mediocre and sparsely-placed action sequences. Jet Li appears to have moved away from the wirework at least, and there are no scenes of him jumping up and kicking six guys in their heads in a row. And while there are some cool ass-whoopings (like when he starts bitchslapping some guys around with a pair of hot irons - YIKES!), the overall experience is quite underwhelming. The thing drags on way too long with all of Fonda's melodrama, and would it have killed Li to pick up a fucking gun every once in a while? I get so sick of movies where the guy is supposed to be an expert in hand-to-hand AND weapons, but the dumb fucker will never once pick up a piece even though everyone else is shooting at him. Oh how I miss the days of Chow Yun Fat and his twin .45's

Poor little Jet Li. While he indisputably has talent in the martial arts, he doesn't have the moves or comedic timing of Jackie Chan, the looks or charm of Chow Yun Fat, and he certainly isn't the second coming of Bruce Lee. Once the fighting stops, he is completely forgettable.

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User Comments

7/09/20 morris campbell corny but exciting 4 stars
3/03/19 Anne so phony - boring 1 stars
8/28/11 s. russo Li, Fonda & Karyo backed by great camera & editing makes this a very watchable actioner. 4 stars
12/23/09 kulotz great movie. jet li's d the best!!!! 4 stars
10/03/08 Frank R. THIS MOVIE IS AMAZING 5 stars
5/12/08 dipankar i like jetli good performents fighting and powerfull kikk . 5 stars
4/02/06 Peter De La Rosa Great moviegoing expirence. 5 stars
10/30/05 chris the frenchman rocks!! 5 stars
10/10/05 Agent Sands Bloody as HELL. 4 stars
9/11/05 Rever_Bear-Trap K.O.D. is O.K.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/29/04 magaafi suck this lush!!! 5 stars
3/26/04 Mars 2071 Great movie! 5 stars
3/20/04 Jack-pyschO-Lantern Not bad... Jet Li could be the next, Bruce Lee. 5 stars
7/03/03 Lush One of the worst films ever made. Even Luc Besson's Joan Of Arc was better than this shit. 1 stars
4/22/03 spacecowboy-00x KILL KILL KILL! 4 stars
2/26/03 Flounder This is one awesome movie 5 stars
1/21/03 Andy Bronson fight scenes are shit and jet couldn't do a side kick properly to save his life 1 stars
11/14/02 bill very entertaining, love the slags 5 stars
11/05/02 YES Probably my favorite Jet Li film, yes, even better than Fist of Legend. 4 stars
10/23/02 palaboy101 Another Jet Li movie, go watch it! 4 stars
7/23/02 plop excellent 5 stars
1/28/02 Spyguy2 This flick ROCKED! Killer fight scenes choreographed like a wild video game! 4 stars
1/06/02 Matt Utt This movie rocked the house especially the end sequence against the 2 aussies!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
10/19/01 Shams Huque Cool action, and Bridget Fonda's a really appealing babe. What more do you need? 4 stars
10/17/01 Jim Renwick Love the Kung Fu flicks. Fight scenes great 4 stars
10/04/01 Bruce The yers best action movie, Jet Li is the man, his fight scenes are amazing 5 stars
9/13/01 jetli fan I like Jet Li but this movie wasn't that good. Watch Fist of Legend,Twin Warriors,Meltdown 3 stars
9/03/01 martin jet li freakin sucks, jackie chan could easily kick his ass 1 stars
8/13/01 Denz it's shit 1 stars
8/11/01 Roy Smith A movie more empty headed than Tori Spelling - with a bad ending 3 stars
7/26/01 ThatGuy Great action, bad plot, worse acting. Doesn't anyone know how to shave in France? 3 stars
7/19/01 Bohb JET LI! JET LI! JET LI! JET LI! You're not Bruce Lee. 1 stars
7/19/01 Tired Boundless stupidity. It made my nose hurt. 1 stars
7/18/01 Fenris Very entertaining action movie. 5 stars
7/17/01 Zahrim Some laughs, some action, overall pretty brainless. 2 stars
7/12/01 sadegh good 5 stars
7/12/01 mr. char The action was great, the plot was ok, but not too bad 4 stars
7/12/01 rogue the action scenes were nothing i had seen before. Jet Li kicks ass;no gun needed to do it! 5 stars
7/11/01 Melissa in NYC Why can't anyone make good movies anymore? 1 stars
7/11/01 brian Great action scenes; Jet Li really is in the same league as Bruce Lee, but buy a script 4 stars
7/11/01 wrewr qewqrqrewt 5 stars
7/10/01 Bruce Li's is getting better with each film, see this flick it has some awesome fights. 5 stars
7/10/01 malcolm one of best uses of a hong kong action star in a non-hong kong film 4 stars
7/10/01 wintermute Whoever compares the "moves" of Jet Li to Jackie Chan really has no fucknig clue. 4 stars
7/10/01 Darren Shea Bad direction and editing hurt the action sequences - performances uneven. 3 stars
7/09/01 Gabe_H Overall, it was an OK film. The action was good, but the story was weak. 3 stars
7/09/01 kishuta Jet Li is great, but all the fight scenes seem to be cut short. Seemed a lot like RMD. 3 stars
7/09/01 natasha needed more Jet Li, less Bridget Fonda 4 stars
7/08/01 John Lyons Okay, but the music sucked. 4 stars
7/07/01 MaG I think it could have been better 3 stars
7/07/01 frankko unfortunately, the action is ruined by the shoddy direction. 2 stars
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  06-Jul-2001 (R)



Directed by
  Chris Nahon

Written by
  Luc Besson
  Robert Mark Kamen

  Jet Li
  Bridget Fonda
  Tchéky Karyo
  Max Ryan

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