Dragon

Starts Friday, January 4th

Ends Thursday, January 10th

 

"Dragon has enough interesting turns in style, mood and psychodrama to make it stand out.” – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“It's an adept genre exercise with rare primal depths.” – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

“A martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful … provides a lesson in how to make an internationally appealing action film with depth, feeling and explosive finesse.” –Mary Corliss, Time Magazine

 

Liu Jinxi (Donnie Yen), a quiet papermaker and father of two sons, lives a seemingly normal, uneventful life in a remote village. But his placid way of life is disrupted with the arrival of two bandits. As they attempt to rob the general store, Liu comes to the defense of the shopkeeper, killing both of the thugs in the skirmish. Liu is proclaimed a local hero, but Xu Baijiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), the detective dispatched to investigate the incident, has his suspicions. Employing unconventional techniques, such as phrenology and acupuncture, Xu discovers that one of the bandits is an infamous criminal on the government’s 10 Most Wanted list. Skeptical that a mere papermaker could possess the advanced martial-arts techniques needed to overcome two vicious thugs, he begins digging into Liu’s past, determined to bring him to justice. Originally intended as a remake of the Shaw Brothers’ 1967 classic, One-Armed Swordsman, director Peter Chan (The Warlords) instead chose to reshape the material, creating in the process an exhilarating hybrid of noir-mystery and thrilling martial-arts action. A roaring popular success in its native China (where it was released under the title Wu Xia), Dragon is a slam-bang action film with a unique philosophical edge. (Dir. by Peter Chan, 2011, Hong Kong, in Mandarin with subtitles, 98 mins., Rated R, Radius/The Weinstein Company) 35mm

 

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