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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 a martial arts expert corrupted ... See full summary »

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Michael Schultz

Writer:

Louis Venosta
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taimak ... Leroy Green
Vanity ... Laura Charles
Christopher Murney ... Eddie Arkadian (as Chris Murney)
Julius Carry ... Sho'nuff / The Shogun of Harlem (as Julius J. Carry III)
Faith Prince ... Angela Viracco
Leo O'Brien Leo O'Brien ... Richie Green
Mike Starr ... Rock
Jim Moody ... Daddy Green
Glen Eaton ... Johnny Yu
Ernie Reyes Jr. ... Tai
Roger Campbell Roger Campbell ... Announcer
Esther Marrow Esther Marrow ... Mama Green
Keshia Knight Pulliam ... Sophia (as Keshia Knight)
Jamal Mason Jamal Mason ... Roy
B.J. Barie B.J. Barie ... Jackie
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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 a martial arts expert corrupted with power, and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter. Written by <akil@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Need somebody to lend a foot...? Meet "Bruce Leroy" Green. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Music

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,754,284
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Leroy wears the same jumpsuit Bruce Lee wore in Game of Death (1978). See more »

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This error is during the final showdown between Leroy and Sho'Nuff. When Leroy is pulled from the water drum for the last time, the blood and injuries are washed off/healed, but when the camera cuts back to Sho'Nuff, you can still see blood on Leroy. The blood is there and then gone alternating between shots. See more »

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[a enraged and frustrated Sho'nuff lifts Leroy up from a barrel of water as he was drowning him to force Leroy to acknowledge him as "The Master"]
Sho'nuff: All right, Leroy. Who's the one-and-only Master?
Leroy Green: [rejuvenated] I am.
Sho'nuff: [screaming] AAAH!
[Sho'nuff, furious at Leroy for the "wrong answer", attempts to give him a fatal blow, but the punch is blocked by Leroy, who now has "The Glow" of power for the good; Sho'nuff groans in pain]
Leroy Green: [glowing in gold] I am.
Sho'nuff: [...]
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by just under 2 minutes by the BBFC to remove all footage of nunchakus. See more »

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Referenced in Sorry to Bother You (2018) See more »

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Fire
Performed by Charlene
Written by Charlene Oliver, Brian Wild, Nigel Wright
Produced by Curtis Anthony Nolen
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Flashy Kung Fu 80's Flick
25 January 2005 | by silentcheesedudeSee all my reviews

It's so easy to dismiss a movie from another time-line as pure trash. Why, if I just pick up any car-chase movie from the 70's, or some old spy movie from the 60's WITHOUT considering the era & what was in it, I'd be lost.

The 80's introduced a pop culture focused in music, thanks to MTV. Break-dancing was the norm. Synthesized keyboards backing up great, and some not so great singers were all over. Also, movies in the 80's carried over what Bruce Lee & others had brought from the 70's: martial arts. Lots of movies with the word 'ninja' in it, and of course 'Karate Kid' made a big impact in 1984.

If you were already into the hip-hop scene, & you liked the American dance pop music that was playing all over New York, then going to see 'The Last Dragon' would have been a natural extension for your weekend experience at the movies.

The story is simple- Young kung-fu master Leroy Green (Taimak) must seek his inner-self by obtaining what is called 'the glow', and is faced with wrath of a great, cheesy bad guy called Sho'nuff, along with his gang. Along the way he will learn about his family, himself, and even find love. There's plenty of side stories that include our hero, who, by the ways, eats popcorn with chopsticks. He's a modest, gentle young man who is faced with other challenges you wouldn't expect, like, for example, how to be 'black', and the fact that he's a virgin.

There is some hilarious lines, and I remember the entire theater in a riot with some of these:

Sho'nuff: Now, when I say, "Who's da mastah?" you say, "Sho'nuff!" Who's the Master?"

Gang: "Sho'nuff!"

Leroy Green: "The truth will be revealed only to eyes unclouded by desire."

Sho'nuff: "It's mumbo jumbo like that & skinny little lizards like you thinking' they the Last Dragon that gives kung-fu a bad name."

Those who really watch Kung Fu films are in for a treat, as this one really lays on the Bruce Lee references. The villain, Sho'nuff, is a just oozing with the typical kung-fu bad guy look & sound. There are some good fighting scenes, as Taimak is really an expert in martial arts (there were some karate how to videos he did), but there is one little kid in this movie who really kicks butt. You have to see him in action to believe it.

Nope. There are no Oscar winners in here. You won't see an outstanding story line. No expensive SFX. Just a moderately low budget, flashy movie filled with that decade's influence- like bright colored clothes, neon lights, & music. It's the right blend of kung-fu, fantasy, romance and comedy together with 80's clicks and buzzes that really make this movie. If you like kung-fu, forget the nay-sayers and watch this, you won't regret.

9 out of 10


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