Jimmy Wang-Yu

Review: Dragon (a.k.a. Wu Xia) by Chris Tang

It's been a little while since I reviewed a kung-fu film, so I thought I'd take a look at the Peter Chan directed “Dragon”, starring Donnie Yen; a kind of CSI meets martial arts movie. It was released on UK DVD August last year.

What's it all about?

Set in 1917, Donnie Yen stars as Liu Jinxi, a papermaker who has made a home for himself in a Yunnan village where he has been living for the past ten years. He lives with his wife Ayu (Lust Caution's Tang Wei) and their two sons, and is content with family life.

When a couple of wanted criminals enter the village, and demand money from his workshop, Liu somehow bungles his way through their robbery, and manages to stop them, killing them in the process, and becomes a hero amongst the people of his village.

Enter Xu Baiju (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a police inspector who sees the law as even more important than humanity. What will his investigation into Liu Jinxi's past reveal?

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