So it's that time again. Now I'm reviewing a foreign film on Netflix titled, in the United States, Dragon.\
First, the films background: It is a 2011 film Chinese martial-arts film with some a bit of mystery solving genre. It stars Donnie Yen, who also directed the action-packed sequences of this film, Donnie Yen is also known for his roles in Ip Man, Iron Monkey, and Hero. It also features stars such as Takeshi Kaneshiro (Red Cliff Part I & II and The Crossing), and Tang Wei (Crossing Hennessy and Lust, Caution).
The film takes place in 1917 in a small town in China on the border of Yunnan. Jin-Xi (Yen) wakes and attends to his job, he fixes the paper on buildings; basically, the wooden bars on windows have paper on them, and to keep them looking nice, Jin-Xi attends to them by scraping off old bits and adding new paper. As he is tending to a shop's window, two criminals barge in and attack the innocent shop keeper with harsh language while Jin-Xi hides. When the shopkeeper is in physical trouble from these two men, one armed with a large blade, he attacks. After the scuffle which appears as if Jin-Xi is taking a beating and the two criminals are harming one-another -- including one having his ear chopped off by his ally -- the armed criminal kills himself, accidentally hitting his head on the corner of a trunk. Jin-Xi and the other asshat throw themselves outside and into the lake, where Jin-Xi flails around and strikes the horrible man in the temple. This is described by the detective (Kaneshiro) as a pressure point that ceases the brain's ability to function, the eyes redden and the body dies with the brain. Baijiu, the detective, suspects there is more to the story and investigates. After looking VERY closely, he finds that Jin-Xi has a powerful force of Qi and made it appear as if the two men died in a specific way.
Later, it is revealed that Jin-Xi is a murderer as well as the child of a murderous father, who was far more horrible than he. Jin-Xi's true name is evidently Tang Long. After the Baijiu tries helping Tang Long appear dead to the "72 Demons" -- a horrible, murderous bunch -- the plan fails and Tang Long has to be woken up in from of some of the clan. Tang Long realizes that he cannot escape the clan he wishes to part with and chops off his "murderous arm" that his father "endowed unto him." Tang Long is told his father is back at home with Tang Long's family in the small town, Tang Long rushes after being bandaged up, wielding a very large blade.
The family sees how truly evil Tang Long's father is and a fight breaks out but the father's Qi is much too powerful. After some help from Baijiu, and his amazing pressure point jabbing skills and some needles, he manages to slow down the father. Both Tang Long and Baijiu are thrown outside, Baijiu severely injured, makes one final move when the father jumps down. He jabs a needles into the father's neck, the storm that is outside seems to have a mind of its own and casts lightning down into the needle in the father's neck; thus making on father extra crispy (no onions).
Baijiu dies from internal injuries and Tang Long lives on with his family, giving up on harming others.
All in all, a film well worth watching. There is so much happening in this 2 hour film, that I cannot explain it well enough. If you enjoy foreign films and/or Donnie Yen movies, I highly recommend this. The special effects are great, I often felt as though I was watching a 2013 or 2012 film and the cameras are directed at great angles to show you everything you feel the need to witness. It's written well and it's just a fascinating movie.
I rated this on Netflix 3/5 stars.
Watching: Don Jon
Drinking: Dr Pepper