Dragon Eyes is a 2012 American martial arts film starring Cung Le and Jean-Claude Van Damme. It was directed by John Hyams.[3][4] In New Orleans, a mysterious man looks to unite two warring gangs against the lawmen who have been using them to advance their corrupt agenda. The film was the second collaboration between Van Damme and Hyams, after Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009).

Dragon Eyes
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Official film poster
Directed byJohn Hyams
Written byTim Tori
Produced by
CinematographyStephen Schlueter
Edited by
  • Andrew Bentler
  • Andrew Drazek
  • Jon Greenhalgh
Music byMichael Krassner
Distributed byAfter Dark Films
Release date
  • April 9, 2012 (2012-04-09)[1]
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$4.8 million[2]


St. Jude Square is a neighborhood living in fear and despair. The dueling gangs of local kingpins, Dash and Antoine, terrorize the streets, and the citizens live without a shred of hope until mysterious stranger, Ryan Hong (Cung Le) arrives. He begins to play one gang against the other, by calling on the teachings of his mentor, Tiano (Jean-Claude Van Damme), to find the strength to battle back. However, just as he begins to bring the community under control, Hong is confronted by Mr. V (Peter Weller), the town's corrupt police chief. At first Mr. V is impressed by Hong's skill, but soon sees Hong as a threat to his regime and the two are locked in a head to head battle, pitting the fear and corruption of Mr. V's regime against the new beginning Hong represents for the people of St. Jude Square.


Home media

On 9 April 2012, DVD and Blu-ray disc was released by G2 Pictures in the United Kingdom in Region 2. A limited number of the DVD slipcovers in Australia were for sale from sanity.com.au and autographed by Jean-Claude Van Damme.


  1. ^ Sztypuljak, David (2012-03-16). "World Exclusive: The New Trailer for Jean Claude Van Damme's 'Dragon Eyes'". HeyUGuys.com. Retrieved 2014-12-18.
  2. ^ "Fastlane NextGen: Initial Certification Search" (Type "Dragon Eyes" in the search box). Louisiana Economic Development. Archived from the original on June 15, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2023.
  3. ^ "Van Damme's Mainstream Comeback May Start In Dragon Eyes". Cinema Blend. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
  4. ^ "Jean-Claude Van Damme confirmed for Joel Silver's 'Dragon Eyes ..." Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-03-22.

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