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Liu Jin-xi (Yen) is a village craftsman whose quiet life is irrevocably shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store. When Liu single-handedly saves the shopkeeper's life, he comes under investigation by detective Xu Bai-jiu (Kaneshiro). Convinced that Liu's martial arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region's vicious clans, Xu doggedly pursues the shy hero-and draws the attention of China's criminal underworld in the process (c) Weinstein Co.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Dragon" has enough interesting left turns in style, mood and psychodrama to make it stand out."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The widescreen cinematography and mountain rain-forest locations retain their interest, as does the deftly incongruous score, which ranges from samba to hard rock."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"There are good action sequences but it has been ham-fistedly cut for UK distribution."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Chan's film may be derivative of plenty of other films (most notably David Cronenberg's A History of Violence) but it manages to keep things fresh and exciting."
‑ Rob Carnevale, The List
"a mannered mix of detective story, morality tale, family tragedy and Buddhist allegory, all wrapped in virtuoso visuals and some very tricksy action choreography... The story may be familiar, but wuxia has never quite looked like this before."
‑ Anton Bitel, Grolsch Film Works
"The movie hurtles along at a pitch of sentiment and melodrama that would make MGM blush, and it's mostly very diverting."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"The large canvas and pseudo-superhero tactics work for a bit, but then the action gets sidetracked in place of myth-building."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Yen again proves one of the few martial artists equally adept with subtler emotional beats."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"Full of blistering action sequences worthy of the Shaw Brothers legacy. A treat for martial arts fans."
‑ Owen Williams, Empire Magazine
"Peter Ho-Sun Chan's frenetic, high-kicking thriller runs a full 20 minutes shorter than it did at Cannes in 2011 and feels all the better for it."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"As a whole, it does not quite work, especially at the end, when Mr. Chan tries for a Shakespearean climax of filial rebellion and paternal rage."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful."
‑ Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Dragon roars."
‑ Chris Blohm, Little White Lies
"A superior martial arts film with excellent cinematography and a story to match."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"An exhilarating opening fight scene sets the stage for this otherwise cheesy chop-socky Hong Kong saga."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
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