Kiss of the Dragon
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This action thriller co-written by filmmaker Luc Besson stars Jet Li as Liu Jian, a Chinese intelligence officer in Paris on an assignment that finds him in the midst of an international conspiracy. When Liu's investigation gets too close to uncovering the truth, his life is seriously jeopardized and he's forced to creatively employ his martial arts skills, which includes using a pool ball and the French flag as defensive props. In the meantime, romantic sparks fly between Liu and a sexy witness (Bridget Fonda), while the agent discovers that a trusted French peer (longtime Besson… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whack! Thworp! Crack! Sometimes, it's fun to sit back and enjoy the spectacle of bad guys getting their heads beaten in."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Kiss of the Dragon offers just about a kill a minute, but less than a thrill a minute."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"A disappointing follow-up to Jet Li's Romeo Must Die."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A return to form for Li who dropped all the hip hop crap and was allowed to put his raw skills on display..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Li has smartly decided to eschew the all-too-fashionable use of wires for the fight scenes in favor of old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Li jumps into a series of martial arts sequences of flying fists and balletic moves that truly reinvigorate a genre that has gone stale even in Asia."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Kiss of the Dragon does have a sense of its own absurdity, but that doesn't prevent it from cloaking the inherently comic kung-fu genre in a seriousness so solemn that it could be French."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"Jet Li film is not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The formulaic story cannot weigh down the high-flying, visceral excitement that the film offers in generous doses."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Poor Jet Li . . . he doesn't have the comedic timing of Jackie Chan, the looks or charm of Chow Yun Fat, and he certainly isn't the second coming of Bruce Lee."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"The characters in Kiss of the Dragon are more cardboard than usual for an action movie."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Practical, resourceful and unfussy. That's Jet Li, the Martha Stewart of martial arts mayhem."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Jet Li's true masterpiece of the 2000s is a blitzkrieg of crazy, hard-R martial arts. Forget the need to always know who's beating whom or why in a narrative that's basically negligible. "Dragon's" gritty, giddy grindhouse thrills trump logic."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"We are coaxed to rejoice in the name of vengeance."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"In almost all martial arts action movies, plot is subordinate to action, and 'Kiss Of The Dragon' is no different."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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