Peter Chan’s martial arts film Dragon sets it scene in 1917 China and follows the journey of Donnie Yen’s Liu Jin-xi through the murky criminal underworld overtaking his village. Yen’s reputation, and position of action director for this film, immediately give us high expectations.

It has been almost two years since the film debuted at Cannes and on the 3rd of May UK cinemas open their doors to Dragon and we have the first look at the UK trailer for the film. Ignore the flying text thrown into the beautiful and brutal scenes from the film and you’ve got yourself an excellent taste of the line Yen and Chan are walking here.


Liu Jin-xi (Yen) is a village craftsman whose quiet life is irrevocably shattered by the arrival of two notorious gangsters in the local general store. When Liu single-handedly saves the shopkeeper’s life, he comes under investigation by detective Xu Bai-jiu (Kaneshiro). Convinced that Liu’s martial arts mastery belies a hidden history of training by one of the region’s vicious clans, Xu doggedly pursues the shy hero—and draws the attention of China’s criminal underworld in the process.