Stop Dragon My Heart Around
Kiss of the Dragon
Review by Ross Anthony

Nicely filmed, acted and scored, "Kiss" is almost more of a drama (romance/drama) than an action film. That said, Jet Lee (solo) kicks plenty 'o' cop-butt as he takes on the entire French police force in Paris.

Initially sent to assist the French with a Chinese drug traffic bust, Lee quickly becomes the scapegoat for an overzealous top detective with a twitchy trigger finger (played remarkably well by Tcheky Karyo). Of course, Bridget (Tcheky's junkie prostitute mainsqueeze) performs marvelously as does Jet himself (kicking and hitting aside).

As for the kicking and hitting, you'll no doubt enjoy the billiard-ball-brain-breaker sequence, in which Jet flips a pool ball up from the corner net of the table then Pele foots it directly into the forehead of the gun wielding bad guy. And if that doesn't amuse ... there's always a two fisted hot iron to the ear that singes the screen. Certainly, the bout with twin giants roused this crowd into a small frenzy.

Not the strongest of stories, nor free from implausibilities, still the drama compels from beginning to end with smooth direction, a well mixed score (great sound separation), and seriously impressive acting.

  • Kiss of the Dragon. Copyright © 2001. Rated R.
  • Starring Jet Li, Bridget Fonda, Tcheky Karyo, Laurence Ashley, Burt Kwouk.
  • Directed by Chris Nahon.
  • Written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.
  • Based on a story by Jet Li.
  • Produced by Luc Besson, Jet Li, Steven Chasman, Happy Walters at 20th Cent Fox/Europa/Quality Growth International/Current & Immortal Ent/Canal.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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