Dragon

Dragon

DVD - 2013 | Chinese
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Liu Jin-xi is a village craftsman whose quiet life is irrevocably shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store. When Liu single-handedly saves the shopkeeper's life, he comes under investigation by detective Xu Bai-jiu. Convinced that Liu's martial arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region's vicious clans, Xu doggedly pursues the shy hero and draws the attention of China's criminal underworld in the process.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2013]
Call Number: CHINESE DVD F DRAG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Original title: Wu xia

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OMack
Aug 12, 2017

Donnie Yen is what led me to check this out. This movie does his acting capabilities very good. I also really liked the detective, his strategy and his story (+ Donnie's humility is a thing of beauty). I expected a standard martial arts story but really enjoyed the character development and the mystery of not knowing which direction the movie was going or what the character was thinking.

I found myself laughing, in awe, in suspense - I enjoyed this movie from start to finish. The fight scenes were well filmed and the plot was good. If you can only handle martial arts movies with wall-to-wall fighting then this isn't the one but if you can handle a movie with a great plot and a unique approach to marital arts movies - than This is The One! I still find myself thinking about this film.. I gotta say the detectives "condition" is really what makes this movie, I'm going to check out more of his films after seeing this.

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PeterRLD
Feb 15, 2017

I'm a fan of Donnie Yen and this movie does not disappoint. His character is a mild-mannered man with a fine family in a small town. One day he is forced into a fight with some bad guys, whom he defeats. A detective who is sent to investigate the crime considers it suspicious that Donnie Yen could do this and starts to build a case that he is really a wanted gangster. Although Donnie Yen is now a beloved hero in the town, the detective is unwilling to let sleeping dogs lie and his investigations spiral out of control, leading to some wonderful martial arts sequences and a suitably violent conclusion.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 29, 2015

This film reminds me of elements from both 'A History of Violence' and 'Les Miserables'. It started out pretty slow, and most of the fighting scenes are in the second half of the film. If you want a large amount of fighting this one does not deliver. The fight scenes are of high quality, but not prolific. Still, it was a good watch for me. Subtitles.

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2014

Another region 3 dvd, AKA as Dragon, but available in Netflix. A young righteous detective struggled to balance the law and humanity when he discovered a dangerous fugitive was living under a new identity in a rural village. Super martial art stunts and camera work to go with the story.

kevfarley Aug 28, 2014

Starts as a detective story and turns into a martial arts film. The old Chinese village, and its actual people, are wonderful and real ! I feel there could have been a bit less 'wire work',.. but the authentic production values, strongly underplayed performances, intense action sequences, and well-paced plot development kept me absorbed and interested.

(8-28-14: 18)

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trerenee
Jul 13, 2014

If you like historical action film from Asia then you will like this. The detective's obsession with finding out who this village bumpkin is may be the motivation but not the meat of the story. You know from the get go that this average man is not so average. What is more interesting is does it matter if the man has made a new beginning for himself and is trying to lead a good life?Seeing how the detective's views change throughout the movie is worth the watch. It is not a great film but it is good. And has good action scenes. But with Donnie Yen that is not surprising. Takeshi Kaneshiro is true to form. Warning: it does have some bloody scenes.

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tj_is_cool
Jan 16, 2012

Starts off slow but the ending fight scenes are good.

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jimg2000
Dec 01, 2014

Detective: I caught a young man who stole from his adoptive parents. But I send him home. I put humanity above the law. I never imagined that he would poison our food. Both his parents died.
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He says: you can`t trust humanity. Only physiology and the law don`t lie.
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Detective: You`ll never forgive me.
Wife: you still don`t understand. Not forgiving... you`d have to still care
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Captain: Is the law really more important than humanity?
Detective: Captain, what has the world come to?
Captain: Whatever the world has become you have no choice but to be part of it.

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