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The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  22 March 1985 (USA)
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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 an evil martial arts expert and ... See full summary »



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In order to be "The Last Dragon", a young martial arts student in New York trains to become a great fighter like Bruce Lee, but first he must face off against one mean, bad dude known as Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem.

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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 an evil martial arts expert and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter. Written by <akil@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$33,000,000 (USA)

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This is Chazz Palminteri's second movie. See more »


When Sho'nuff's crew comes in the theatre, the gang is lined up 3 on each side with the 3 chicks mixed in the lines. When the camera cuts back, they're lined up 3 girls on the left, 3 guys on the right. 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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Treat Her Like A Lady
Performed by The Temptations
Written by Otis Williams, Ollie Woodson
produced by Albert Phillip McKay, Ralph Randolph Johnson
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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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