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, Rovi
R (for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug content)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Jet Li
as Liu Jian
Bridget Fonda
as Jessica
Tcheky Karyo
as Insp. Richard
Ric Young
as Mister Big
Burt Kwouk
as Uncle Tai
Max Ryan
as Lupo
Colin Prince
as Lupo's Assistant
Vincent Glo
as Pluto
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 (106) | Top Critics (29)

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

Li jumps into a series of martial arts sequences of flying fists and balletic moves that truly reinvigorate a genre that has gone stale even in Asia.

July 6, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The characters in Kiss of the Dragon are more cardboard than usual for an action movie.

Full Review… | July 6, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Kiss of the Dragon offers just about a kill a minute, but less than a thrill a minute.

Full Review… | July 6, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Kiss of the Dragon does have a sense of its own absurdity, but that doesn't prevent it from cloaking the inherently comic kung-fu genre in a seriousness so solemn that it could be French.

Full Review… | July 6, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

Practical, resourceful and unfussy. That's Jet Li, the Martha Stewart of martial arts mayhem.

July 6, 2001
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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
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.

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Lanning : )

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