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The Last Dragon (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 22 March 1985 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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... Leroy Green
... Laura Charles
... Eddie Arkadian (as Chris Murney)
... Sho'nuff / The Shogun of Harlem (as Julius J. Carry III)
... Angela Viracco
Leo O'Brien ... Richie Green
... Rock
... Daddy Green
... Johnny Yu
... Tai
Roger Campbell ... Announcer
Esther Marrow ... Mama Green
... Sophia (as Keshia Knight)
Jamal Mason ... Roy
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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A martial arts master so powerful, he hesitated to unleash that power...until the day he couldn't hesitate any longer. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Music

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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22 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$25,754,284
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1.85 : 1
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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. See more »

Goofs

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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Sho'nuff: [Twisting challenger's foot] YOU'LL... NEVER... USE... THIS... FOOT... AGAIN!
[bites challenger's ankle]
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Referenced in Undercover Brother (2002) See more »

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Peeping Tom
Performed by Rockwell
Written by Rockwell, Janet Cole Valdez (as Janet Cole), Antoine Greene
Produced by Curtis Anthony Nolen, Rockwell
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One long music video with chop socky thrown in
27 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Lest we forget, this is BERRY GORDY's The Last Dragon. He was the head of Motown Records. It has the look of a music video for a good reason, it was produced and directed by music video people. Made to sell soundtracks like almost every Robert Stigwood movie of the 1970s.

Tiamak play Leroy, often called Bruce LeeRoy in this movie(ouch). It's amazing that he didnt do more in Hollywood than he did, maybe it was a personal choice of his, it certainly does not seem to be because of any lack of talent. He could have been an action hero on the level of a Van Damme in my opinion (with a little acting talent added in...).

Vanity is beautiful, as usual, as the host of a TV video show, remember them? She is very easy on the eyes and the role does not require too much in the way of her acting, so she does very well.

The story line is silly and improbable. All this action and no police ever show up? The movie makers and Tiamak seem to obviously love Bruce Lee movies, and for Lee fans this was a nice way of seeing Bruce back on the big screen after 12 years or so of nothing after his death. The scene where Vanity presents Leroy with a video compilation of some of Bruce's greatest moves is a highlight of this movie.

Worth seeing. Be in a light, silly mood and you will get the most out of it. Be sarcastic and critical and you will have a miserable time. Remember, your children will laugh at your favorite movies as well.


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