#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Liu Jian, a police officer from China, comes to Paris to help the vice squad apprehend a Chinese drug lord and his unknown French connection. The French connection is Richard, the head of the vice squad, who intends to kill the drug lord then frame Jian. Jian ducks a bullet and escapes with a tape of what really happened. By chance, Jian turns to Jessica – a US farm girl who is one of Richard’s hookers – for help. She has her own problems, including the fact that Richard has her daughter locked in an orphanage to keep Jessica on the streets and silent about his activities. Can Jian protect Jessica, rescue her daughter, and give Richard the kiss of the dragon?
Plot: Liu Jian, an elite Chinese police officer, comes to Paris to arrest a Chinese drug lord. When Jian is betrayed by a French officer and framed for murder, he must go into hiding and find new allies.
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For this kind of movie, this is good stuff. *** (out of four)
KISS OF THE DRAGON / (2001) *** (out of four)
By Blake French:
I admire “Kiss of the Dragon” because it’s a wake-up call to the increasingly desperate genre of martial arts action movies. After disasters like “Romeo Must Die” and any recent Jackie Chan production, my expectations for “Kiss of the Dragon” were not exactly sky high. It seems as if every movie like this replaces a story and characters with silly special effects and high-tech action sequences involving martial arts fighting. Here, there are solid, visible characters and an involving story. That’s a real accomplishment these days.
Jet Li starred in 25 successful Asian films before making his debut in America as the villain in the lackluster “Lethal Weapon 4.” His last film, “Romeo Must Die,” was a pitiful action extravaganza that borrowed elements from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Before this film, I could not stand this martial artist turned actor. Here, he makes a strong name for himself. He co-produces the film, stars in it, and created the original story. According the production notes, Li initially envisioned a dramatic film that combined his trademark martial arts and action heroics with strong, recognizable characters.
“I wasn’t interested in making a movie about a big action hero who saves the day,” explains Li. “My character, Liu Jiuan, is one of China’s best agents, with tremendous abilities in martial arts and acupuncture. He’s determined and driven. But he’s not a superman; he’s human. When his mission goes wrong, Liu initially doesn’t know how to handle things.”
Liu Jiuan is the most skilled law enforcer in China brought to Paris on a top secret mission where he must assist an unorthodox police official named Richard (Tcheky Karyo) in dealings involving some off the record drug traffic. His mission goes awry and he quickly learns that Richard, who seemingly has a limitless supply of henchmen, is the villainous mastermind behind most of the crime in France. Liu becomes trapped in a dangerous conspiracy-Richard frames him for a murder he tried to stop. Liu also becomes involved with a local American woman named Jessica (Bridget Fonda), who was forced into prostitution when Richard kidnapped her child.
The story feels real, instead of a clothesline for countless gratuitous action sequences. There are plenty of action sequences, however, and the fighting does not involve wires, phony stunts, or computer generated effects like in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and “The Matrix.” The fights are grounded and real. “We went back to the basics,” explains Jet Li, “keeping the fighting simple and based more in reality.” Liu’s principle fighting weapons are not guns or swords, but acupuncture needles, which play an important role in the mysterious “kiss of the dragon” revealed at the movie’s climax.
“Kiss of the Dragon” is directed by French commercial director Chris Nohan in his feature film debut. He does a good job of involving the audience in the action, and distracting us from some of the film’s weaknesses. But no director could conceal some of the bad writing, terrible dialogue, unanswered questions, plausible motives, and stereotypical character traits. “Kiss of the Dragon” is not a great movie, but for Jet Li, this is good stuff nonetheless.
Why we need a 243rd review
At the time of this writing, I can see that 242 IMDb users have already taken time off their busy schedules to review this film. That number is a significant multiple of the number of professional reviewers who opined on this production in first run! Which raises the question, why another review? Answers are as follows: 1. The IMDb averaged rating is not merely a little wrong, it is crazy wrong. This is one of the most coherent martial arts films ever done. It stars Jet Li. Legendary wildman Luc Besson is behind the typewriter. The under-utilized Bridget Fonda single-handedly carries the female portion of the film, and does a great job. Several of the fight scenes are as carefully conceived and choreographed as anything Bruce Lee ever attempted. (See the “twins” scene). 2. The script works, I mean it REALLY works. The idea of a lone agent from China seems a bit stretched, until you realize that, if China were to send a lone gun, it would likely be Jet Li. The double-cross works because, you figure, if anyone understands French cops, it would be Besson. The kidnapping works. The fight scene with the pool balls works. The bickering between Li and Fonda at the noodle shop works. The acupuncture angle works. The ending is fantastic. Do you see where this is going? The hallmark of a really good film is that you can watch it from beginning to end and remain engaged. This story delivers. 3. I have explained in my other reviews that I have seen too many martial films in my lifetime. I am no longer sure if I could pass an ink blot test, I would probably think the ink blots were trying to kill each other. This is especially true after my recent review of KILTRO (also done for IMDb). I think I lost brain cells watching that. But this I do know: KISS is my second-favorite martial arts film, ever, (The first is Forbidden Kingdom, also reviewed here). If this is not a near-perfect film within its class, nothing is.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director Chris Nahon
Writer Jet Li (story), Luc Besson (screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (screenplay)
Actors Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tchéky Karyo, Ric Young
Country France, USA
Awards 2 nominations.
Production Company EuropaCorp, Immortal Entertainment, Seaside Productions, Qian Yian International
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Aaton 35-III, Technovision/Cooke Lenses, Arriflex 35-III, Technovision/Cooke Lenses, Arriflex 435, Technovision/Cooke Lenses, Arriflex 535B, Technovision/Cooke Lenses
Laboratory Laboratoires Éclair, Paris, France
Film Length 2,691 m (Sweden), 2,737 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Technovision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji F-CP 3519D)