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Fist of the Red Dragon (2004)

Donnie Yen , Yuk Wong , Chan Chin-Chung , Woo-ping Yuen  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donnie Yen, Yuk Wong, Dickson Lee Ga-Sing, Man Tat Ng, Fennie Yuen
  • Directors: Chan Chin-Chung, Woo-ping Yuen
  • Writers: Chan Chin-Chung, Jobic Tsui, Tai-Mok Lau, Wing-Fai Wong
  • Producers: Chan Chin-Chung, Lam Shu-Kin
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN13G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,974 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fist of the Red Dragon" on IMDb

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Expert fighters must band together in an ultimate martial arts showdown when Southern China's High Officers begin smuggling opium over the border, and endangering the lives of the local villagers. With no one to protect them and an Emperor who does not honor them, the people turn to the Master Fighters Lin Shih Tsui and Hwang Fei Hung to battle the evil officers and bring justice to the land.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really A Four Star Movie, But... July 23, 2004
I bought this movie without ever having seen it which is always risky. I am not disappointed. It is not the greatest ever but definitely worth seeing, especially for fans of Donnie Yen. A simple, yet good story and fairly realistic fighting, aside from the giant leaps around the room or one man holding a table top above his head while two men fight on it, will keep your interest.

Donnie Yen stars as the over confident and somewhat naive young man who thinks he can do no wrong. He goes through his ups and downs and learns an important life lesson: DON'T GET HOOKED ON OPIUM! His kung fu is still full of flare and power as he takes on everyone he meets and actually shows a bit of acting range. There are some great match-ups for fight scenes, it just needed a couple more fights overall to make this one of the best. He still throws a better kick than anyone, and you can't argue with that! Maybe you can, but it will fall on deaf ears. I'm not listening!

As for the DVD itself, the picture is good and sharp and is widescreen. The audio is done well and the sound is clear. The dubbing is average, no better or worse than most movies made around this time.

This movie really deserves four stars but the comedy relief by the woman who plays his aunt is terrible! It really takes away from the otherwise highly entertaining film. Just try to ignore it. You don't watch these films for superior acting, but for the kung fu wizardary, and this one will not let you down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Silliness, Awesome Fights! November 4, 2004
Like many people have said in earlier reviews, there is a lot of "junk" to get through in the beginning of the movie. First you must endure the notorious aunt, who is indeed very annoying. I like it best when So's dad slaps her teeth out at the end. However, I found that the opium parts were not too bad since they were a central point of the plot (no matter how hobbychobby it may have been). I also wish that wong fei hung could have been a better actor as well, since he seemed to take a second seat to Donnie, even though he is supposed to be the superior fighter. Most parts with Donnie in it are tolerable, if not humerous. Like when he skips around the city dressed as a peasant and throws cooked goose around to the beggars, and when he is locked in a room to break his opium habit, hehe. One particularly entertaining part is when he starts beating that drum in the beginning to defy that female-led clan, and then kicks everyone's ass. I think that the Beggar So character is interesting, so the somewhat dumbed down plot is not all that terrible.

Aside from that, the movie is completely redeemed at the end with Donnie's drunken style, which is without a doubt amazing. It is the sole reason why I like this film so much. If you are a Yen or Yuen fan, then I would suggest buying this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars UNIQUE March 11, 2005
Well... Lets see, for starters the acting was horrific. The plot was a little cliche, but the fights were AWESOME. Many of the fights were VERY UNIQUE, but interesting. Although I gave it the 4 stars for the final fight scene with the drunken style fighting. You may find yourself laughing at the horrible acting though.

I recommend 36th Chamber and The Invincible Pole Fighter for a really good plot and fight scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Kung-Fu movies June 8, 2014
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Great action, great fight scenes, skillful actors. The plots tend to always be the same (avenging a murdered master, rescuing a kidnapped girl, challenging a drug lord, etc….). But I watch them for the great choreographed fight scenes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GO DONNIE February 11, 2014
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GO DONNIE YEN GO. ONE OF THE BEST. UNBELIEVABLE, MUST READ you must judge for yourself, but I highly recommend it. one two three four five six seven eight. nine!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fist of the red dragon December 17, 2013
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In my whole life, I have been watching a lot of Donnie Yen cops and action movies. This movies is one of the best fighting scene movie of Donnie Yen. I really enjoyed watching this movie.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Like Donnie but not this Donnie June 3, 2013
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This is one of Donnie's old films and its shows how far he has came. I collect his movie and this is one that would never get pulled off the shelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars"
Great movie...
Published 21 days ago by Shelton Horne
4.0 out of 5 stars some very good action and good story line
a huge Donnie Yen fan since I saw him in the 2 Ip Man movies. some very good action and good story line. an all around good movie.
Published 1 month ago by eugene f dunham III
5.0 out of 5 stars Fist of the Red Dragon
Excellent movie Donnie Lee did his thing in this movie. I must say this is a keeper for my collection.
Published 22 months ago by Konata50
3.0 out of 5 stars Fist of The Red Dragon
This movie appeared to be o.k. A lot of action. Story's seemed to be confusing. Donnie Yen has recently become a rising kung-fu star. I enjoy his movies. It's fun and entertaining.
Published on October 9, 2012 by Susie See
5.0 out of 5 stars The best action kong fu ever.
The best action kong fu ever.They don't made movies like that anymore. That's too bad. Donnie Yen got some moves. Oh, baby!
Published on August 6, 2012 by Mr. Love
4.0 out of 5 stars Fist of the Red Dragon
I am becoming a great big fan of Donnie Yen. He is a mixture of Jet Li and Jackie Chan in his moves. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by B. J.
3.0 out of 5 stars Action Fun To Watch--Hate English Dub
Also known as Hero Among Heroes, this is a fun little movie. The most disappointing thing was that it was not in Cantonese with subtitles. Read more
Published on October 5, 2011 by C. Trumbo
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the cool name
This sounds great and looks great but the movie is laughable. I would only give this 1.5 stars if the option was available. Read more
Published on December 11, 2010 by Michael S
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