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16 August 1985 (USA) See more »
It isn't the Bronx or Brooklyn. It isn't even New York. It's Chinatown...and it's about to explode.
A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mickey Rourke ... Stanley White

John Lone ... Joey Tai
Ariane ... Tracy Tzu
Leonard Termo ... Angelo Rizzo

Raymond J. Barry ... Louis Bukowski (as Ray Barry)

Caroline Kava ... Connie White

Eddie Jones ... William McKenna
Joey Chin ... Ronnie Chang

Victor Wong ... Harry Yung
K. Dock Yip ... Milton Bin
Hon-Lam Pau ... Fred Hung (as Pao Han Lin)
Way Dong Woo ... Elder
Jimmy Sun ... Elder
Daniel Davin ... Francis Kearney
Mark Hammer ... Commissioner Sullivan
Dennis Dun ... Herbert Kwong

Jack Kehler ... Alan Perez
Steven Chen ... Tony Ho
Paul Scaglione ... Teddy Tedesco
Joseph Bonaventura ... Lagnese
Jilly Rizzo ... Schiro
Tony Lip ... Lenny Carranza

Fabia Drake ... Nun
Tisa Chang ... Nun
Gerald Orange ... Bear Siku
Mei Sheng Fan ... White Powder Ma (as Fan Mui Sang)
Yukio Yamamoto ... Ban Sung
Doreen Chan ... Red Hair
Ha-Lei Yip ... Old General (as Harry Yip)
Dermot A. McNamara ... Scappy Peck (as Dermot McNamara)
Vallo Benjamin ... D.E.A. Man (as Dr. Vallo Benjamin)
Myra Chen ... Shanghai Palace Singer
Feng Chin ... Dragon King (as Chin Feng)
Yuk Fan Yiu ... Dragon King
Richie Hsiu ... Dragon King
Jack Lee ... Dragon King
David Lee ... Dragon King
Irene Jung ... Dragon Girl
Josie Lee ... Dragon Girl
Jiwon Chang ... Dragon Girl
Kelly Wong ... Dragon Girl
Chi Moy ... Dragon Girl
Johnny Shia ... Chia
Gardell Tung ... Jade Cobra
Jeff Khowong ... Jade Cobra

Chao-jung Chen ... Jade Cobra (as Jerry Chan)
Jerry Chang ... Jade Cobra
Aileen Ho ... Jade Cobra Girl
Lisa Lee ... Jade Cobra Girl
Sammy Lee ... Pei Brother
Keenan Leung ... Pei Brother
James Scales ... Connie's Assassin
Ming C. Lee ... Jackie Wong
Kader Ma ... Jackie Wong's Assassin

Paul J.Q. Lee ... Jackie Wong's Son (as Paul Lee)

Manuel 'Manny Fung ... Jackie Wong's Second Son (as Manny Fung)
Emily Woo Yamasaki ... Mrs. Wong (as Emily Woo)
Roza Ng ... Laura Wong Tai
Gloria Au ... Joey Tai's Daughter
Jadin Wong ... Mrs. Harry Yung
Lin Ngan Ng ... Chinese Widow
Janice Wong ... Tina
Bruno Millotti ... Italian Waiter
Lucille D'Agnillo ... Mrs. Bukowski
Julian Szumilo ... Roman Catholic Priest (as Rev. Julian Szumilo)
Cecelia Pei ... Harry Yung's Secretary
Quan Eng ... Mortician
George Kodisch ... Police Sergeant
Bruce Kennedy ... Surveillance Technician
James Chin ... Southwind Waiter
Matthew Tung ... Southwind Waiter
Pat Fuji ... Shanghai Palace Hostess

Geoff Lee ... Shanghai Palace Musician (as Geoffrey Lee)
Kuni Mikami ... Shanghai Palace Musician
Billy Asai ... Shanghai Palace Musician
Chi On Soo Hoo ... Shanghai Palace Musician
John Sparks ... Tracy's TV Cameraman
Carmine Venezia ... Funeral Musician
Anthony Parrillo ... Funeral Musician
Matthew Castiglione ... Funeral Musician
Steve Hanson ... Funeral Musician
Raymond Gardner ... Funeral Musician
Michael Acampora ... Funeral Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Espérance Pham Thai Lan ... Punk (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Cimino 
Writing credits
Robert Daley (novel)

Oliver Stone (screenplay) &
Michael Cimino (screenplay)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Original Music by
David Mansfield 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
Noëlle Boisson (uncredited)
Casting by
Joanna Merlin 
Production Design by
Wolf Kroeger 
Art Direction by
Victoria Paul  (as Vicki Paul)
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller (chief set decorator)
Richard Kane 
Randy Ostrow 
Gretchen Rau 
Costume Design by
Marietta Ciriello 
Makeup Department
John Caglione Jr. .... special effects makeup (as John Caglione)
Alberto Fava .... makeup designer
David Forrest .... makeup artist (as David Craig Forrest)
John Sahag .... hair styles designer
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... executive in charge of production (as Fred Caruso)
Fred C. Caruso .... unit production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Randy Cheveldave .... unit production manager: Vancouver
Michael Fuller .... unit production manager: Thailand
Ted Kurdyla .... assistant unit production manager: North America
Eda Lishman .... assistant unit production manager: Vancouver
Terry Needham .... unit production manager: Thailand
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... second assistant director: North America
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director: North America (as Matt Earl Beesly)
Brian W. Cook .... first assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director: Thailand
Art Department
Albert Blackshaw .... construction coordinator: North America
Robert Guerra .... assistant art director
Andrew Holder .... sculptor
Bobby Huber .... construction rigger (as Robert Huber)
Reginald Keywood .... master carpenter
Basil Lombardo .... paint foreman (as Bazil Lombardo)
Enno Poersch .... graphic designer
Ken Powell .... master plasterer
Jimmy Raitt .... property master (as James Raitt)
James T. Singelis .... assistant art director (as James Singeles)
Peter Voysey .... sculptor
James T. Woods .... master scenic artist (as James Woods)
David Brace .... plasterer (uncredited)
David Brace .... sculptor assistant (uncredited)
Steve Davis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Chris Dorrington .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Phil Gough .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brian Kontz .... plasterer (uncredited)
Todd B. Lawson .... propmaker (uncredited)
Leslie A. Pope .... buyer (uncredited)
Thomas Michael Ryan .... propmaker (uncredited)
Mark S. Turner .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Adams .... sound editor (as Richard W. Adams)
Arthur Carelli .... sound recordist
Carlos Delarios .... re-recording mixer (as Carlos De Larios)
Jay M. Harding .... re-recording mixer
Jack Kirschner .... sound editor
James J. Klinger .... supervising sound editor
Jas. Klinger .... assistant sound editor (as Jas Klinger)
Michael J. Kohut .... re-recording mixer (as Michael Kohut)
Skip Macdonald .... assistant sound editor
David Stephenson .... sound mixer
Rich Steven .... sound editor
Michael Tucker .... sound boom
Rosemarie Urioste .... apprentice sound editor
Special Effects by
Mike Edmonson .... special effects foreman (as Michael Edmonson)
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects coordinator
Michael Adams .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Adams)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Burton)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Hannah Kozak .... stunt double (uncredited)
Geoff Lee .... stunts (uncredited)
Diane Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Debby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Webster Whinery .... stunt double: Mickey Rourke (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Blazevicius .... electrical best boy
George Boner .... rigging electrician (as George Bonner)
Tony Cridlin .... key grip (as Anthony Cridlin)
Glenn Dunn .... rigging electrician
Eamonn Dunne .... rigging electrician (as Eamon Dunne)
Louis Goldman .... still photographer
David Griffis .... grip
Francis Grumman .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer: Vancouver
Neil Holcomb .... rigging electrician
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... best boy grip (as Chunky Huse)
Roy Larner .... chief lighting technician
Roger McDonald .... focus puller
Warren Mearns .... rigging gaffer
David Morani .... rigging electrician (as Dave Maroni)
Brendan Murphy .... rigging electrician
John Rogers .... rigging electrician
John Sheeren .... clapper/loader (as John Sheeran)
Anthony Stephens .... grip
Alex Thomson .... camera operator
Chyna Thomson .... camera assistant
Tony Turner .... set grip (as Anthony Turner)
Bobby Brown .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Drew Davidson .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Craig DiBona .... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Steve Graves .... rigger (uncredited)
Jim Cody Harrington .... grip (uncredited)
John W. Scott .... best boy (uncredited)
David W. Strong .... generator operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judy Dennis .... casting associate
Amy Wells .... extras casting: North America
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al B. Arden .... wardrobe: Ariane, Zanella
Charles DeCaro .... associate costume designer (as Charles De Caro)
Richard Little .... key costumer
Julia Mansford .... costume supervisor: Thailand
Marianna Åström-De Fina .... costume supervisor: North America (as Marianna Astrom De Fina)
Editorial Department
Russell Briggs .... apprentice film editor
Martine Mory .... consulting assistant editor
John Murray .... assistant film editor
Emmy Scharlatt .... apprentice film editor
Lesley Topping .... assistant film editor
Dean Holder .... apprentice film editor: NC (uncredited)
Location Management
Deborah Ricketts .... location assistant
Victor T. Salant .... location auditor: North America (as Victor Salant)
Robert Rothbard .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
David Mansfield .... conductor
David Mansfield .... music arranger
David Mansfield .... orchestrator
Joel Moss .... music recordist
Joel Moss .... music supervisor
Todd Hayen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rudy Ugland .... transportation coordinator
Laura Warner .... production driver
Douglas A. Raine .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Yvonne Axeworthy .... script supervisor (as Yvonne Axworthy)
Peter Benoit .... unit publicist
Dino De Laurentiis .... presenter
Judy Dennis .... dialogue coach
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Pat Fuji .... supervising production coordinator
Gail Kearns .... production coordinator: North America
John Kerr .... key set production assistant
George Kodisch .... technical police consultant (as George Kodish)
Deborah Ricketts .... researcher
Rudy Ugland .... boss wrangler
Lynda Van Damm .... post-production accountant
Stanley White .... technical police consultant
Les Pendleton .... sign coordinator (uncredited)
Rick Washburn .... weapons coordinator (uncredited)
John Wildermuth .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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134 min
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2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

According to production manager Randy Cheveldave director Michael Cimino finished shooting on budget. Producer Dino De Laurentiis promised him the luxurious Mercedes car that character Joey Tai drives in the movie, if he stayed within the budget. If not, Cimino would forfeit $50,000 of his salary. "It was four days over schedule, but $130,000 under-budget," Cheveldave remembered, so Cimino got his Mercedes. [Times Colonist, 2016]See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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.
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46 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Cimino, Rourke, and Lone at the top of their game, 16 June 2004

Following the Heaven's Gate debacle it must have been questionable if Michael Cimino would ever helm another epic film. Having shot The Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate on such a grand scale, you expect that type of film from Cimino. Well, he was given one last shot to work the big screen using his considerable talents to create one last masterpiece. If there is a Michael Cimino trilogy it's his three epics The Deer Hunter, Heaven's Gate, and Year of the Dragon. In all honesty Hollywood does not make a lot of films like these so when they come along they are something special. These are films that show Hollywood at it's best, stretching, pushing the limits, and trying to create something huge fueled by a clear artistic vision. It may fall flat, as Heaven's Gate did, but the risk can be exhilarating. Looking back on Heaven's Gate now, many critics find it to be one hell of a film. There's a simple reason for that, they just don't make 'em like this much any more. So, in retrospect the Hurculean effort now looks refreshing.

Year of the Dragon is a powerhouse film. Where Heaven's Gate meandered on the plains, Year of the Dragon charges across the screen. I believe this was powered by Cimino probably giving his best effort to entertain as well as create on a grand scale. The result is a breathtaking ride and one of the best cop films we'll ever witness. Rourke as Stanley White is in his prime 80's form. There was no doubt about it, in the 80's the camera loved Mickey Rourke. If he had not gone off track it makes you wonder what could have been. His is not the only great performance in the film. John Lone as his prey is nothing short of magnificent. He is everything Al Pacino was in the Godfather films. I would say his performance owes a debt to Pacino and watching the film I wondered if he had used him as a model for Joey Tai. These three elements alone could be enough to make great film, two great actors dueling on screen and a director giving his best effort.

It doesn't stop there though. They are working from an Oliver Stone script which is beautifully composed to blur the lines between good and evil. It's not as simple as good guy and bad guy. These characters are fully fleshed out and complex. White may be the cop but he is deeply flawed as a human being. This script doesn't pander to the audience and you will not like Stanley White much of the time. Joey Tai is not pure evil. He follows a moral code and is an honorable man. This kind of writing is not for everyone and some may be put off or confused by the nature of these characters but that's what makes for great cinema.

Not only are the leads good but the supporting cast is also fantastic. Kava as Connie White brings nice weight to her performance as Stanley's wife. Raymond Barry and Victor Wong are excellent as are the entire supporting cast. There is one often noted exception. Ariane as Tracy Tzu the reporter and White's fling is very wooden. What causes her to stand out is the fact that all the other actors are so good. I believe this was her first film and she is out of her element. She just doesn't have the chops to keep up. Her performance doesn't drag down the film but it does stick out whenever she's on screen.

1985 saw a couple of fantastic cop films in this and To Live and Die in LA, which not surprisingly was directed by another great William Friedkin. Films like these are hard to come by. We were lucky to see Friedkin's film released as a special edition DVD. Year of the Dragon has been sold by MGM to Warner Brothers and now sits in limbo. It would be unfortunate for films like this and Sidney Lumet's Prince of the City (1981) to sit and rot on some shelf. The work of directors like Cimino, Friedkin, and Lumet should not be ignored. It's interesting that each of them made a fantastic film about cops in the 80's. Two of the three films though appear to be lost. Let's hope someone rescues them to DVD.

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