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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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He's a martial arts master who refuses to fight. He's a Bruce Lee fan who's so sure he's Oriental that he eats popcorn with chopsticks. His friends think he's too serious. His family thinks he's crazy. His enemies think he's no challenge. But she knows he's The Last Dragon. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Music

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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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The character of Angela Viracco was patterned after Cyndi Lauper. See more »

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A hand-painted sign in Daddy Green's restaurant says "a slice a day keeps the docter away". See more »

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[during the fight in the movie theatre]
Transvestite: Don't hurt that face, baby!
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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Natural History (2010) See more »

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Performed by Charlene
Written by Charlene Oliver, Brian Wild, Nigel Wright
Produced by Curtis Anthony Nolen
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Agreeable nonsense, but wears out its welcome after a while.
16 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

In this 1980s favourite, the likable Taimak stars as "Bruce" Leroy, a very earnest martial arts student. His goal in life is to find a character known as The Master and attain the highest level of martial arts wizardry, otherwise known as The Glow. Along the way, he becomes smitten with a stunning VJ named Laura Charles (Vanity), and is forced to confront villains such as loudmouth gangster Eddie Arkadian (Christopher Murney) and the overbearing "Shogun of Harlem", also known as "Sho'nuff" (Julius Carry), who travels with a flamboyant entourage.

It's true enough that "The Last Dragon" would have the most appeal for kids, or people who saw this as kids. It ultimately goes on a little too long and does get pretty tiresome at times; Johnny Yu (Glen Eaton) is a particularly annoying character. But this feature length combination of MA and music video stylings gets by on amiability. A series of showdowns can boast some good action, plus it's a fair deal of fun when levels of cheese get higher as Leroy does battle with Mr. Sho'nuff.

The cast gives it some value. Taimak is a decent action hero, and the lovely Ms. Vanity is ideal as his object of affection. Leo O'Brien goes to town on the scenery playing Leroy's lively brother, who is himself strongly yearning to be with the leading lady. Both Murney and Carry are completely over the top as the villains. Faith Prince does alright as Eddies' air headed girlfriend who has ambitions of pop stardom. Also appearing are Mike Starr, Jim Moody, Ernie Reyes Jr., Keshia Knight Pulliam, and William H. Macy. Keep an eye out for Chazz Palminteri, in his film debut, as a mustachioed thug.

The non-stop soundtrack is reasonably catchy, and the filmmaking (led by director Michael Schultz) is overall fairly colourful and amusing.

Six out of 10.


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