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The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 22 March 1985 (USA)
In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Arkadian (as Chris Murney)
Sho'nuff / The Shogun of Harlem (as Julius J. Carry III)
Leo O'Brien ...
Roger Campbell ...
Esther Marrow ...
Sophia (as Keshia Knight)
Jamal Mason ...
B.J. Barie ...


In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted with power, and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter. Written by <akil@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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A martial arts master so powerful, he hesitated to unleash that power...until the day he couldn't hesitate any longer. See more »


Action | Comedy | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$33,000,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vanity was the first and only choice to play Laura Charles. See more »


A hand-painted sign in Daddy Green's restaurant says "a slice a day keeps the docter away". Doctor is misspelled. See more »


Disco Kid: [sees Laura kissing Leroy] Yo, man, check out the cornball!
Richie Green: He ain't no cornball! He's my brother. And he's the master.
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Referenced in Undercover Brother (2002) See more »


Performed by Charlene
Written by Charlene Oliver, Brian Wild, Nigel Wright
Produced by Curtis Anthony Nolen
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The absolute best martial arts flick ever!
4 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Alright, I acknowledge that there are cheezy scenes. I also realize that the "bad" singer is a Cindy Lauper clone, and that Vanity was a protege of Prince. All that aside, I think the filming was great. The scenes were well shot, the music did a terrific job of matching the scenes and setting the mood, and even the comedy helped to keep the show from being too much of a fight flick - in other words it was more real than most shows. The script was easy to follow (alright, predictable) but it's necessary to reach a broad audience. The fight coreography was well done, and Leroy's struggle to believe what everyone is trying to tell him about himself is the real jem of the show - who among us doesn't struggle with such problems at times?

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