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Kiss of the Dragon

Kiss of the Dragon

Kiss of the Dragon is ugly, confusing and silly.

The film opens with a vicious head smashing and beating administered by Richard (Tcheky Karoyo) a French police officer who commands a secret army of thugs to protect his underworld activities which include white slavery.  One of the women he has forced into prostitution is Jessica (Bridget Fonda).

Liu Jiuan (Jet Li) a top Chinese government agent arrives in Paris from Shanghai to carry out a sensitive, top-secret mission that is never disclosed.  Immediately upon arrival he is at odds with vicious Richard, so over played by Tcheky Karoyo that we find ourselves laughing as he yells out at his henchmen and generally pushes everyone near him around.

As Richard advances gun fights with automatic weapons throughout Paris, no attempt by other police appears to stop him.  Once the Chinese agent befriends Jessica he must defend every move while fending off the small army headed by Richard.

Not surprisingly Liu Jiuan wins the final battle, but only after kick boxing his way through the thugs and pinning them in the neck with needles from his bracelet.

If Paris had even one percent of the viciousness in the open which occurs in this film, it would have no tourism.

The screenplay is ridiculous, performances are laughable and the violence both toward the murder victims and the enslaved women are intolerable.

Kiss off, Kiss of the Dragon.

Kiss of the Dragon

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