Kiss of the Dragon Reviews
Oh well, at least it was better than his other film; Unleashed (Danny the dog.)
Besides Jet it must be said that Cyril Raffaelli is a good screen fighter too, the man deserves better material. Tcheky Karyo plays the same role he has played for years, but he's good at it. Bridget Fonda embarasses the family name, but that's for another review. Overall, just watch it if there's nothing else on tv.
[font=Arial][color=darkred]The biggest detriment of 'Kiss of the Dragon' happens to be in the area of why the audience is forking over their green - action. The action scenes in 'Dragon' are horribly choreographed and edited together. Nothing astounds the eye or makes the pulse race; it only annoys and agitates. The audience is coming to see some awesome kung fu delivered by its maestro Li, but what they end up getting is dull fight sequences horrendously spliced together. No sense of time or geography comes from these edits, which means there might be stuff happening but you don't know what and to whom. If you're going to showcase Li at least give the man a workable stage for his talents.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]The story of 'Dragon' is laughably bad with some perfect forehead slapping moments, like when Li is running from the bad guys and ducks into a martial arts class where everyone then takes him on. Bridget Fonda hits a career low as a woman forced into prostitution so she can retrieve her little girl again. The entire supporting cast is about as animated and well put together at the atrocious fight sequences. Only true die-hard fans of Li or kung fu should go see 'Kiss of the Dragon'. The rest of the public should just hide their chopsticks when Li comes for dinner.[/color][/font]
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: D+[/color][/font]
"Kiss of the Dragon" stars the great Jet Li as Liu Jian, a Chinese police agent who is sent to France to assist Inspector Richard (Tcheky Karyo) in arresting one of the most powerful drug lords in Asia.
Jet Li shines in this full on action thriller. The fighting scenes were good and Li kicks some serious ass, cool in appearance but capable of dishing out injury to anyone. It was excellent, fast and fun to watch and Bridget Fonda does well as the female lead in the movie with a solid performance playing the prostitute trying to get her daughter back. Tcheky Karyo relishes the part as the villain and provides an entertaining antagonist to Li's hero.
I could barely refrain myself as I watched the kick ass choreography unfolding right in front of my eyes. Jet Li's ability was a sheer delight to watch. One fight I will remember would probably be the fight between Jet Li and the two blonde-haired henchmen, played by French actors Cyril Raffaelli and Didier Azoulay. The sound track was a good one and worked well for this movie.
The actual Kiss of the Dragon the movie's title refers to is a form of Chinese acupuncture, a method that Li uses in the film that can put people to sleep or give a very bloody death. That line uttered by Richard after Jet Li's character told him he had been *Kissed* by the dragon was an instant classic, lol!!
What boosts the film is some decent fights, Li's accupuncture skills, and most importantly Bridget Fonda - who's character and subplot add some depth to the film and give the fights more meaning. It made me wish she was in more films.
It's still nothing special but it's better than it has any right to be.