Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
Not Your Normal Martial Arts Fare
I expect most of these Hong Kong martial-arts films to be packed with
action but most feature either a little humor (Jackie Chan) or
beautiful scenery ("Hero," etc.) or wild special effects ("Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and more).....but this one features a mean edge.
I'm not used to seeing these Asian films with a lot of profanity
(mainly f-words) or bloody scenes almost to the point of being gross,
which one scene was in here.
The hero is likable guy played by Jet Li. Despite his martial arts
penchant for violence, he has a soft, boyish look to him and doesn't
seem to fit the type. He's always the gentleman in here, with no
profanity either. The villains, led by Tchecky Karyo, are brutal.
Bridget Fonda, playing a hooker, at least wasn't some "Pretty Woman"
type figure. She was rough, too, but at least realistic and I give her
credit for not worrying about how she looked in here, beauty-wise.
I don't regret seeing this film. It was entertaining, but beware: it's
a rough movie.
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