Dragon is a blending of genres which plays out something like Rashamon meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. There is a mystery and a lot of spectacular action within a world of pristine visual fantasy. There is enough eye candy and hard-hitting action to please the low brow, with a clever screenplay and flawless choreography to cater to those who want more than just a quota of violence.
Donnie Yen once again elevates his status as the most enigmatic working Chinese action star playing Liu Jin-xi. The village craftsman lives a quiet life until the arrival of two wanted gangsters in the local general store. Jin-xi happens to be shopping when they arrive, and is pulled into a fight with them, saving the shopkeeper from certain death.
The event first appears to be an act of bravery which results in a lucky victory, but a visiting detective named Xu Bai-jiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro) sees more to the altercation than that. The detective becomes convinced that Jin-xi is hiding something about his past and possesses more powers than he admits. In his investigation, the truth about Jin-xi’s identity comes out, and it brings a dangerous clan of criminals to the village in the process.
The Blu-ray release includes a making-of featurette, as well as additional features with Donnie Yen interviews and a music video. The highlight of the disc, however, is the visual impact of the high definition. This is easily one of the most beautifully shot action films of the last few years, and it is paired with an impressively impactful soundtrack, all of which is enhanced by the high definition presentation.
Entertainment Value: 8.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 8/10
Historical Significance: 7/10
Disc Features: 7/10
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