Wu xia (Dragon) (2012)

Wu xia (Dragon) (2012)

Wu xia (Dragon)



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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) … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Aubrey Lam, Joyce Chan, Oi Wah Lam
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2013
Box Office: $11.1k
Radius/The Weinstein Co. - Official Site


as Liu Jinxi

as Xu Baijiu

as Ayu

as Master

as Yan Dongsheng

as Ayu

as Investigator

as Bai-Jiu's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Wu xia (Dragon)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10)

"Dragon" has enough interesting left turns in style, mood and psychodrama to make it stand out.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie hurtles along at a pitch of sentiment and melodrama that would make MGM blush, and it's mostly very diverting.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

The widescreen cinematography and mountain rain-forest locations retain their interest, as does the deftly incongruous score, which ranges from samba to hard rock.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Top Critic

The large canvas and pseudo-superhero tactics work for a bit, but then the action gets sidetracked in place of myth-building.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wu xia (Dragon)

This was a beautifully shot movie, with a refreshing plot and character development that showed why Donnie Yen is such a great actor. He is among one of the very few actors who first broke into their careers due to their martial arts, but had developed his acting skills along the way. Good movie. Great action. Really good (if not slightly cliché) storyline. I enjoyed this very much...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Not a bad action-drama with Donnie Yen and Takeshi Kaneshiro as what I thought the Chinese epic film is a version of The History of Violence.
As the enigmatic paper-maker in a small idyllic town with the unassuming name Liu Jinxi, Yen has finally delivered a performance which equals that of Ip Man, one that showcases his best as a dramatic actor and as a martial artist.
Aubrey Lam's story raises a number of moral dilemmas, in particular whether a man can truly start anew without having to atone for his past sins, and whether there is a place for humanity in a world governed by laws and regulations. This is at the very heart of the complex intertwining relationship between Liu and Xu (played by Kaneshiro), and a fascinating one which director Peter Chan explores with panache. There is no hero or villain between the two rather, both are simply pushed up against each other by their past and the circumstance by which they had made their mutual acquaintance.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Wu Xia, from director Peter Chan, is part action and part mystery. Does it work well together? Indeed.Running roughly around 110 minutes, Wu Xia successfully puts much needed emphasis on story. The pacing isn't exactly snappy, and with little in the way of martial arts in the first 2/3rds of the film, Wu Xia flourishes on the mystery behind one of its title characters.The action, while limited in the early going and maybe even in the latter portions, contain excellent choreography thanks to the brilliant mind of Donnie Yen. The resulting martial arts fights are quickly paced and visually pleasing, leaving the want for more.Takeshi Kaneshiro takes charge when it comes to the acting, as he should when Donnie isn't displaying his martial arts skills. Wei Tang ends up as a lovely innocent house-wife, while Kara Hui is amusing with her double swords.Wu Xia does have the potential to be an all out martial arts action adventure, but instead elects to become a more well-rounded picture. In this instance it works out nicely.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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