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Year of the Dragon (1985)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  16 August 1985 (USA)
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A racist Vietnam vet becomes a New York cop and cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown.

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Fred Hung (as Pao Han Lin)
Way Dong Woo ...
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Storyline

Using unprecedented degrees of violence, young Joey Tai becomes the head of Chinese mafia in New York and undisputed leader of the Chinese community. Stanley White, the most decorated cop in New York, who hates Asian people since his service in Vietnam, is put in charge of Chinatown. Both men are prone to breaking long-established rules and both men are unlikely to make compromises with each other, which leads to unavoidable and bloody conflict. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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It isn't the Bronx or Brooklyn. It isn't even New York. It's Chinatown...and it's about to explode.


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16 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Year of the Dragon  »

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$18,700,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Michael Cimino and Oliver Stone first met when Stone approached Cimino to direct Midnight Express. Cimino had to pass, as he was just about to start production on his passion project, The Deer Hunter (1978). Years later, while in pre-production on Year of the Dragon, Cimino remembered how much he loved the script for Midnight Express, and asked Stone to collaborate on the script. See more »

Goofs

The first time Stanley is shown on screen his hair is gray and white all over. The next time Stanley is shown in the police station his hair is brown with gray only visible on his temples. In other scenes of the film his hair changes color from gray/white to brown with graying at the temples. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tracy Tzu: Captain McKenna, any leads in the murder of Jackie Wong?
William McKenna: Nothing at this time.
Tracy Tzu: Do you think this killing means there's some kind of war going on in the Chinatown Tongs?
William McKenna: No, I don't. This is basically a situation where the youth gangs are lashing out at the establishment. The community is cooperating. The situation's under control.
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The end credits roll over a squeezed image of the Chinese woman restaurant-singer crooning a Chinese easy-listening ditty. See more »

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Uphill (Peace Of Mind)
By Frederick Knight
Irving Music, Inc., Two-Knight Music
Performed by C.O.D.
Courtesy of Emergency Records, Inc.
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Yet another under-rated 80's classic
3 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Next to "Barfly", this is Mickey Rourke's best performance. His turn as an uncompromising, tough New York cop is unforgettable.

The story is complex and involved, and much more engaging than your average 80's cop movie. The cinematography is stylish, and the acting performances all around are outstanding, especially John Lone and Raymond J. Barry.

There's some very graphic violence and some revealing sex scenes, so not for the kiddies! (I'm sure my parents regret taking me to see this one in the theater as a teen, but I made them!)

Overall I think this movie was misunderstood and overlooked by the "award people" and critics. Michael Cimino always has a gritty way about his films and this one is no different, maybe the brutality and violence in this film turned some people off. But if you haven't seen it I would highly recommend it. I really hope this one comes out on DVD at some point!


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