Dragon And The Hawk

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Dragon And The Hawk Review


Jackie Chan gets a run for his money from Julian Lee, another English-challenged kung fu star, in the independent Dragon and the Hawk.

Well, not exactly... Julian is no Jackie when push comes to shove. He doesn't have the choreography skills that Chan has, and he never makes use of props in his fighting. But if you're looking for a good old-fashioned chopsocky battle royale, Dragon is worth a look.

Lee stars as Dragon Pak, a Korean looking for his lost sister in mean old Denver. Clueless (yet with a pocket full of travelers checks), he ends up joining forces with cop Dana "Hawk" Hawkins (stand-up comedian Barbara Gehring), and together they become a tasty Chinese dinner dish. Or, I mean, a bad-ass kung fu duo. Together, they fight their way through the L.A. underworld to find Dragon's sis and uncover the sinister drug-makin' plot of the wicked Therion (Trygve Lode, a former physicist with a too-cool name and a hairdo to make John Tesh jealous).

Much of this is meant to be played for comedy, but with the exception of the running travelers checks gag, little of it works. Instead, you'll have to satisfy yourself with the nearly nonstop fight scenes, which come at you rapid-fire, every 10 minutes. As a rule of thumb, every time you see a parking lot or an alley, a fight will soon break out.

Unfortunately, the big finish takes place not outside, but in a dark warehouse, and much of the action is cloaked in darkness. That's a shame, because Lee and even Gehring can bust a move or two, but who cares if you can't see it?



Dragon And The Hawk

Facts and Figures

In Theaters: Wednesday 31st October 2001

Distributed by: Inferno Film Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Mark Steven Grove

Producer:

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