Dragon Fight

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Dragon Fight
Traditional 龍在天涯
Simplified 龙在天涯
Mandarin Lóng zài tián yá
Cantonese Lung4 zoi6 tin1 ngaai4
Directed by Billy Tang Hin-Shing
Produced by Merrick Wong
Written by James Yuen
Starring Jet Li
Stephen Chow
Nina Li Chi
Dick Wei
Henry Fong
Cinematography Rumjamn Abdul Mohammed
Distributed by Grand March Movie Production Co. Ltd.
Release dates
  • 1 September 1989 (1989-09-01)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK $6,815,936

Dragon Fight (龍在天涯, pinyin: Long zai tian ya[1]) is a 1989 Hong Kong action film directed by Billy Tang Hin-Shing, written by James Yuen (screenplay) and Sally Nichols, and starring Jet Li and Stephen Chow.

The movie was shot on location in San Francisco, California and neighboring Marin County. An early geography-defying scene is edited to make it seem as if there is a major airport in downtown San Francisco.


Lap and Wei were childhood buddies who grew up training together in the state-sponsored martial arts troupe. Wei felt there was no future in the troupe and plotted to remain illegally in the USA when the troupe was on a performance tour. Lap found out at the airport just before their return flight and tried to stop Wei. Lap not only failed to dissuade Wei, he also became the unwitting scapegoat after Wei unintentionally killed an airport police. Both went separate paths.

Lap was sheltered by Andy who admired Lap's skills. Lap began working in Lap's uncle's grocery store while evading police manhunt. Wei took up with the mob lieutenant Mako and began to impressing the bosses with his ruthless efficiency at getting rid of rival gangs.

When the Big Boss decided to give Wei the chance to conduct a major drug deal, the jealous Mako tipped off the police to discredit Wei. Wei escaped the police but lost the drugs. Andy accidentally found the drugs and decided it was his ticket to get rich. However, his attempt to sell the drugs led the mob back to his uncle's grocery store. The Big Boss ordered Wei to prove his worth to the mob by cleaning up the mess and finishing off Lap.

Cast (in credits order)[edit]

Rest of cast listed alphabetically[edit]


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  1. ^ Long zai tian ya (1989)
  2. ^ "Dragon Fight". imdb.com. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dragon Fight". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 

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