Kiss of the Dragon (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kiss of the Dragon (2001)



Critic Consensus: A formulaic actioner that's sure to please action fans. Those looking for plot, believability, or character development will have difficulty finding them.

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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 featured player Tcheky Karyo) is actually the double-crossing criminal mastermind he's seeking. ~ Karl Williams, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
Box Office: $34.7M
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Jet Li
as Liu Jian
Tcheky Karyo
as Insp. Richard
Ric Young
as Mister Big
Burt Kwouk
as Uncle Tai
Colin Prince
as Lupo's Assistant
Vincent Wong
as Minister Tang
Stefan Sao Nelet
as Aide No. 1, Tang
Peter Lee
as Aide No. 2, Tang
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Critic Reviews for Kiss of the Dragon

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (33)

Whack! Thworp! Crack! Sometimes, it's fun to sit back and enjoy the spectacle of bad guys getting their heads beaten in.

Full Review… | July 9, 2001
Top Critic

A disappointing follow-up to Jet Li's Romeo Must Die.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011

Jet Li film is not for kids.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

A return to form for Li who dropped all the hip hop crap and was allowed to put his raw skills on display...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The formulaic story cannot weigh down the high-flying, visceral excitement that the film offers in generous doses.

Full Review… | February 10, 2009

Audience Reviews for Kiss of the Dragon

A hard-boiled and and awesome action-packed thriller. A sizzling, sexy, thrilling and explosive shocker from start to finish. The action is fast, relentless and utterly furious. Jet Li packs pure star power along with his incredible skills, he proves that he's one of the greatest martial arts action stars to ever hit the screen. WIth Master Li and Producer, Luc Besson you can only get amazing with this explosive combo. It's filled with adrenaline-charged action that truly knocks you out. Tcheky Karyo is electrifying. Bridget Fonda is fantastic.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Worth watching for Li's martial arts but with a story loosely and formulaicly strung together you can't help but feel guilty while you cruise through this action flick.

Oh well, at least it was better than his other film; Unleashed (Danny the dog.)

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

Not my favorite Jet Li outing, but it is Jet Li, so you know it's gotta be really bad for me to give it any fewer than three stars. I'd want more martial arts and less Bridget Fonda to give it a higher rating.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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