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Dragon (Wu xia) on DVD in August

25 June 2013

Liu Jin-xi 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. 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.

With a plot that recalls Cronenberg's A History of Violence, Dragon (Wu xia) was directed by Peter Chan (The Warlords) and stars martial arts legend Donnie Yen (Iron Monkey, Blade II, Ip Man) and celebrated Japanese/Chinese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro (Chungking Express, House of Flying Daggers, Red Cliff).

Described by Anton Bitel on Grolsch Film Works as "an ultraviolent feast for a post-millennial generation inured to the slo-mo reconstructions and internal anatomisations of television's CSI," Dragon will be released on UK DVD on 26th August 2013 by Metrodome Distribution at the RRP of £15.99.

Extra features? Doesn't look like it. Still, here's a trailer...