Wu xia (Dragon) Reviews

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November 21, 2019
Action-packed and beautifully choreographed, Dragon is an immensely enjoyable film with Donnie Yen in a brilliant lead performance.
February 25, 2019
This is no pastiche, and not as exemplary of the wuxia genre... Instead this feels as though Chan is doing something different, and isn't attempting to appeal to a US market quite so much, avoiding the patent conventions of the genre.
November 16, 2017
...Chan's film is a glut, casting a wide, glossy net through its mash-up of martial arts, detective story, period film, parental-domestic drama, and philosophical inquiry.
May 2, 2013
Yen again proves one of the few martial artists equally adept with subtler emotional beats.
May 2, 2013
Dragon roars.
April 30, 2013
Chan's film may be derivative of plenty of other films (most notably David Cronenberg's A History of Violence) but it manages to keep things fresh and exciting.
April 28, 2013
Full of blistering action sequences worthy of the Shaw Brothers legacy. A treat for martial arts fans.
April 16, 2013
A superior martial arts film with excellent cinematography and a story to match.
March 22, 2013
a mannered mix of detective story, morality tale, family tragedy and Buddhist allegory, all wrapped in virtuoso visuals and some very tricksy action choreography... The story may be familiar, but wuxia has never quite looked like this before.
March 22, 2013
Peter Ho-Sun Chan's frenetic, high-kicking thriller runs a full 20 minutes shorter than it did at Cannes in 2011 and feels all the better for it.
November 30, 2012
Gracefully acted, brilliantly shot, and effortlessly combining both character study and superb butt kicking, Wu Xia is an excellent post-modern subgenre gem.
November 30, 2012
"Dragon" has enough interesting left turns in style, mood and psychodrama to make it stand out.
November 30, 2012
The movie hurtles along at a pitch of sentiment and melodrama that would make MGM blush, and it's mostly very diverting.
Top Critic
November 29, 2012
The widescreen cinematography and mountain rain-forest locations retain their interest, as does the deftly incongruous score, which ranges from samba to hard rock.
November 29, 2012
A martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful.
November 29, 2012
What it lacks in plot development, it gains in sheer momentum and an outstanding performance.
November 29, 2012
Yen's strengths have never been in his expressiveness, and Dragon plods when it centers on dramatic struggles, then leaps exhilaratingly to life whenever the fighting begins.
November 29, 2012
A fun collision of "A History of Violence," traditional over-the-top Hong Kong martial arts pictures and sort of a "C.S.I.: Yunnan Province."
November 27, 2012
It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths.
November 27, 2012
Hi-ya!-accentuated kung fu smackdowns make everything better.
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