Peter Chan

Donnie Yen in Dragon

If you’re going to put Donnie Yen in your movie, you better have him do what he does best. Luckily, Dragon (Wu Xia) director Peter Chan lets Yen’s fists fly as often as they can. The trailer (via Apple) shows off some sleek production design, transforming a village landscape into a suitable location for a slow-smoking noir. In the film, Yen plays a martial arts expert hiding away in a village who is being tracked down by a private investigator (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and his former master. The fight choreography looks gorgeous and aggressive, but it’s the story itself that adds to the excitement here. It doesn’t seem to be re-inventing the wheel, but it definitely shoves one genre firmly into another. Hopefully the movie gets both right and the result is a killer tale filled with faces getting punched by too-fast hands. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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