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‘Dragon’ Review

Stars: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Wei Tang, Kara Hui, Zheng Wei, Li Jia-Min, Wu Jiang, Yu Kang | Written by Joyce Chan, Oi Wah Lam | Directed by Peter Chan

Prolific producer and director Peter Chan steps into the wu xia genre with Dragon, which is set in 1917 in early Republican China and tells the story of Liu Jin-xi (Yen) a village paperworker 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 (Kaneshiro). Convinced that Liu’s success in fending off the gangsters is less of a fluke and more a sign of his mastery of the martial arts, Xu doggedly pursues the truth. However Xu’s investigation draws the attention of China’s criminal underworld and exposes Liu, and the rest of his village, to danger from the 72 Demons…

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