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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.

Director: Mario Andreacchio


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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He's a martial arts master who refuses to fight. He's a Bruce Lee fan who's so sure he's Oriental that he eats popcorn with chopsticks. His friends think he's too serious. His family thinks he's crazy. His enemies think he's no challenge. But she knows he's The Last Dragon. See more »


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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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Did You Know?


Under pressure from the studio, in an effort to cut two million dollars out of the budget, director Michael Schultz and screenwriter Louis Venosta sat up in a hotel room all night rewriting the script. When Venosta fell asleep on the hotel bed, Schultz decided to delete 40 pages of the script. When Venosta awoke that morning, the pair spent the day recreating that material. 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 »


Johnny Yu: Well, you see, Leroy, uh... you know how you're always teaching us to master "the art of fighting without fighting"?
[Leroy nods]
Johnny Yu: Well, I did you one better. I mastered "the art of fighting... without knowing how to fight".
Johnny Yu: You see, people... people are afraid of oriental dudes. Give 'em a little move, a little scream, and lotsa attitude. Check this out.
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A classic, hands down.
29 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie is like a guilty pleasure- nobody really talks about it, but every time it comes up in a crowd, within seconds people are using classic lines like "Who's the master?" and "Hey my man, what it look like?" and laughing like maniacs.

This was my favorite movie as a teenager and I've probably seen it 100 times. From the hilarious over-the-top performances to the hybrid karate/comedy/musical genre, it's a movie that kept me laughing the whole way through.

If you like classic movies, then don't waste your time- you'd be better off watching "The Sound of Music" for the 800th time. But if you didn't like this movie, odds are you tried not to.

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