Dragon (15)

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Release date

3rd May 2013

Running Time

98 minutes

Director

Peter Chan

Genre

Action, Drama, Thriller

Starring

Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Martial arts maestro Donnie Yen unleashes some breathtaking moves in this stylish martial arts bone-cruncher! In a small town in China's Yunnan province during the early 20th century, two bad guys attempt to hold up the general store. Humble papermaker and family man Liu Jin-xi (Donnie Yen) intervenes, killing both felons without leaving a mark on their bodies. Liu Jin-xi insists he was just lucky. But investigating detective Xu Baijiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is not convinced that evil bandits could be dispatched so easily by such a mild-mannered and public-spirited citizen. Using his detailed knowledge of martial arts and early forensic science, he concludes that Liu Jin-xi must be a trained assassin in hiding! If the plot seems familiar, that's because director Peter Chan has cleverly transposed David Cronenberg's masterpiece 'A History of Violence' to turn-of-the-century China. This gives the super-slick slo-mo and breathtakingly choreographed, high-kicking fight scenes a rare dramatic depth.

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With brains as well as brawn, this is a martial arts movie that punches well above its weight.

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