Liu Jian, an elite Chinese police officer, comes to Paris to arrest a Chinese drug lord. When Jian is betrayed by a French officer and framed for murder, he must go into hiding and find new allies.
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