Year of the Dragon (1985)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  16 August 1985 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 9,912 users  
Reviews: 65 user | 39 critic

A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.



(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Heaven's Gate (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a sheriff born into wealth attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An escaped con on the run from the law moves into a married couple's home and takes over their lives.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers
The Sicilian (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Egocentric bandit Salvatore Giuliano fights the Church, the Mafia, and the landed gentry while leading a populist movement for Sicilian independence.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Terence Stamp, Joss Ackland
The Sunchaser (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael Reynolds is a rich oncologist who has a $175,000 sports car, a multi-million dollar home, and a new boost in his career. Brandon 'Blue' Monroe is a dying patient who kidnaps ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Charlie and his troublesome cousin Paulie decide to steal $150000 in order to back a "sure thing" race horse that Paulie has inside information on. The aftermath of the robbery gets them ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Daryl Hannah
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette, and another couple (Sunny Boid and Rafe Garrett). During the heist, Johnny and ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Martin Fallon is an IRA bomber who tries to blow up a troop truck but instead kills a bus load of school children. He loses heart and quits the movement and goes to London trying to leave ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates
Homeboy (1988)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Johnny Walker is a cowboy and a boxer. He is very shy and a bit of a fool. He is in love with Ruby, but he cannot tell her. He is also a bit old to keep on boxing, but its the only thing he... See full summary »

Director: Michael Seresin
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Debra Feuer
Barfly (1987)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Director: Barbet Schroeder
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway, Alice Krige
Angel Heart (1987)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonet
Rumble Fish (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariane ...
Leonard Termo ...
Louis Bukowski (as Ray Barry)
Joey Chin ...
K. Dock Yip ...
Hon-Lam Pau ...
Fred Hung (as Pao Han Lin)
Way Dong Woo ...
Jimmy Sun ...
Daniel Davin ...
Mark Hammer ...
Commissioner Sullivan


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 and a Vietnam veteran, 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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

16 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Manhattan Sur  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)


$18,700,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The line, "You guys are starting to look like the Chicago Cubs. Like you already lost," was said to be "pure Oliver Stone" by Cimino. "I love it," he adds. See more »


There is a reflection of a crew member moving his arm visible on the glass of the door Connie stands next to while Stanley and she discuss ending their marriage. See more »


[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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits roll over a squeezed image of the Chinese woman restaurant-singer crooning a Chinese easy-listening ditty. See more »


Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »


Dream Dance (Tian Mi Mi)
Composed by Lucia Hwong
Performed and arranged by Yukio Tsuji and Lucia Hwong
Recording engineering by Gene Ricciardi (as Gene Ricardi)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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!

14 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
nothing but typical degradation of asian women klsjdfl
Mickey Rourke only 28 years old! orangerunner
masterpiece Raoul813
Ariane alanjayh-1
John Lone's Performance thirty_triller
Awesome Movie WilbertGyllenhal
Discuss Year of the Dragon (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: