Jet Li plays Liu Jian, a mysterious operative who travels from Shanghai to Paris on a mission so sensitive, the details are unclear even to him. A few clues lead Liu to Jean-Pierre Richard, a brutal Frenchman with a small army to back him up. When the mission goes horribly wrong, Liu falls into a deadly trap and becomes embroiled in a vast conspiracy - accused of a murder he didn't commit, on the run in a city he doesn't know. When Liu is thrown together with an American woman forced into prostitution, the unlikely duo goes up against the cunning and ruthless adversary who set this trap in motion.
Jet Li, the compact, agile martial-arts cynosure, plays Liu, a Chinese government agent sent to Paris to help capture a Chinese drug lord doing business there. He arrives in time to join a squad of police investigators led by a corrupt French cop, who murders the drug czar and frames Liu for it. Mr. Li's action sequences are like an oil fire, spilling from one room into the next and lighting the interiors with heat and wreckage. Mr. Li and his fisticuffs choreographer, Corey Yuen, have set a new standard for action here. But the filmmakers have lowered the bar in storytelling. The plot features the most shopworn devices available -- unimaginative bits that Mr. Li would never incorporate into his adrenaline-rush martial sequences. - Elvis Mitchell
2001-07-06 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Kiss of the Dragon