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The Last Dragon (1985) Poster

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During the introductory training sequence, Leroy Green karate-chops an arrow as it soars past him. It was a real stunt that took 2 hours to get right.
In 1997, Busta Rhymes parodied the character Sho'nuff in his music video for "Dangerous". In the video, the music cuts off, and Busta proclaims, "Yo Leroy! Am I not the baddest..." and replicates Sho'nuff's first on-screen speech.
Under pressure from the studio, trying to cut the budget by $2 million, director Michael Schultz and screenwriter Louis Venosta sat up all night in a hotel room, re-writing the script. When Venosta fell asleep, Schultz decided to delete 40 pages of the script. When Venosta awoke the next morning, the pair spent the day recreating the deleted material.
The movie was a critical failure, but a reasonable box-office success. It has since become a cult movie.
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Filming began April 16th 1984. Locations include: The Victory Theater on 42nd Street, Bernstein's-on-Essex (an oriental delicatessen used with its decor intact), the Harlem Karate Institute, a pizza restaurant in lower Manhattan, a Chinese warehouse on Walker Street in Manhattan, Super Amusements in Flushing, Queens, and an abandoned wire factory and warehouse at East 118th and East Side Highway in Manhattan.
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Leroy Green teaches "Chinese Goju", created by Taimak's instructor and close friend Ron Van Clief. Taimak also trained in Jeet Kune Do, and continued after filming ended.
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The song "Rhythm of the Night" went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the Billboard R&B charts.
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Features an early onscreen role for (William H. Macy) as "JJ".
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Some posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "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 he knows he's The Last Dragon".
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Motown Records released an original soundtrack album for the film featuring songs by popular artists including: Vanity, Stevie Wonder, Rockwell, El DeBarge, The Temptations, Syreeta, and Smokey Robinson.
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Casting requirements meant looking beyond Hollywood for lead actors.
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Film debuts for Lia Chang and Taimak.
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The Seventh Heaven disco set was built on Camera Mart stages at 54th and 10th Avenue. One day Diana Ross visited the set and asked if she could buy it for her next tour.
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Taimak had no previous acting experience prior to being cast as Leroy Green. He had to learn how to act for this movie.
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The character of Angela Viracco was patterned after Cyndi Lauper.
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Billy Blanks was originally considered for the role of Leroy. But Taimak won the role because the director and writer felt that he projected an innocence that was right for the character.
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The yellow jumpsuit that Leroy wears is the actually the same jumpsuit that Bruce Lee wore in Game of Death.
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The mystical energy that only an advanced martial arts master could radiate was called "The Glow".
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The movie is a contemporary, urban fairy tale set in New York City. In addition to humor and adventure, the film opened new dimensions in music, dance, and martial arts.
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Chazz Palminteri's second feature film. He'd played a truck hijacker in Home Free All (1984) the previous year.
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Leroy Green's hero was Bruce Lee.
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The film's cast was a melting pot of black, white, and Chinese.
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Julius Carey (Sho'nuff) at the time of filming did not train or practice any form of Martial arts.
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Vanity was the first and only choice to play Laura Charles.
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Shot in forty-four days.
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According to its production notes, the film made covered new ground in its use of video and digital recording of sound. Video consultant Charles Anzalone, whose company custom-built the video equipment used in the film, said in an interview, "We used a million dollars worth of video equipment. We used three professional Sony Betacam players, the only three of their kind in the world, especially developed for this movie. We had to modify the transmission of the video in order to accommodate the filming of the video sections in the film, all that work with Vanity in the Seventh Heaven sequences. This took months of intensive research and development. It's very sophisticated".
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Two of the film's characters had more than two names. Sho'nuff was also known as The Shogun of Harlem. Leroy Green was also known as, Bruce Leroy, Bruce Leroy Green, and The Legendary Bruce LEE-Roy.
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One of two theatrical feature films, first released in 1985, directed by Michael Schultz. The other was Krush Groove (1985).
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Berry Gordy visited the film set frequently, with an entourage of Motown artists.
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Both of the movie's stars had a single name: Taimak and Vanity.
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Leroy's baby sister had three names; he called her Lotus Blossom, her father called her Sophia, and her mother called her Natasha.
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