Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
France/USA, 2001. Twentieth Century Fox, EuropaCorp, Quality Growth International Ltd., Current Entertainment, Immortal Entertainment, Canal+. Story by Jet Li, Screenplay by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen. Cinematography by Thierry Arbogast. Produced by Luc Besson, Steven Chasman, Happy Walters. Music by Craig Armstrong. Production Design by Jacques Bufnoir. Costume Design by Pierre Bechir, Annie Thiellement. Film Editing by Marco Cave.
Exciting action adventure that brings Hong Kong superstar Jet Li over to mainstream American audiences. Set in Paris, this tale of warring thugs, thieves and crooked cops all surrounding the one superhero is a tired one, but beautiful cinematography and some real chemistry between Li and a lovely Bridget Fonda make it feel pretty new. Li plays a martial-arts genius cop who is brought over by the Chinese government to assist the French police when one of China’s top politicians is murdered mysteriously in his hotel room. Tchéky Karyo plays the police commissioner who seems to be leading a double life, and Fonda plays a prostitute who witnesses the murder but can’t talk due to the danger it might bring to her daughter’s life. Great fight scenes, and despite a very anticlimactic ending it’s a surprisingly satisfying film.