Year of the Dragon ()

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

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Stanley White
Joey Tai
Tracy Tzu
Angelo Rizzo
Louis Bukowski (as Ray Barry)
Connie White
William McKenna
Joey Chin ...
Ronnie Chang
Harry Yung
K. Dock Yip ...
Milton Bin
Fred Hung (as Pao Han Lin)
Way Dong Woo ...
Jimmy Sun ...
Daniel Davin ...
Francis Kearney
Mark Hammer ...
Commissioner Sullivan
Herbert Kwong
Alan Perez
Steven Chen ...
Tony Ho
Paul Scaglione ...
Teddy Tedesco
Joseph Bonaventura ...
Jilly Rizzo ...
Lenny Carranza
Tisa Chang ...
Gerald Orange ...
Bear Siku
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
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 ...
Gardell Tung ...
Jade Cobra
Jeff Khowong ...
Jade Cobra
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
Jackie Wong's Son (as Paul Lee)
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 ...
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 ...
George Kodisch ...
Police Sergeant
Bruce Kennedy ...
Surveillance Technician
James Chin ...
Southwind Waiter
Matthew Tung ...
Southwind Waiter
Pat Fuji ...
Shanghai Palace Hostess
Shanghai Palace Musician (as Geoffrey Lee)
Kuni Mikami ...
Shanghai Palace Musician
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:
Dancer (uncredited)
Punk (uncredited)
Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by

Michael Cimino

Written by

Robert Daley ... (novel)
Oliver Stone ... (screenplay) &
Michael Cimino ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Dino De Laurentiis ... producer

Music by

David Mansfield

Cinematography by

Alex Thomson ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

Françoise Bonnot
Noëlle Boisson ... (uncredited)

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)

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) / 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) / 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 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)
Billy Burton ... stunt coordinator (as Bill Burton)
Buddy Van Horn ... stunt coordinator
Chuck Zito ... stunt double: Mickey Rourke
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
Chuck Zito ... casting associate: Gym Fighter's

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)

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 / music arranger / orchestrator
Joel Moss ... music recordist / 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 Axworthy ... script supervisor
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
Chuck Zito ... bodyguard/trainer Mickey Rourke
Les Pendleton ... sign coordinator (uncredited)
Rick Washburn ... weapons coordinator (uncredited)
John Wildermuth ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Chinatown, New York City. There has long been an unofficial agreement that the NYPD will leave the traditionally run Chinese triad alone to manage the crime issue in the neighborhood, the triad who is the face of organized crime of Chinatown. The triad also has an unofficial agreement with the Italian mafia, still seen as the major player in organized crime in the city, to be cooperative in a win-win situation in their illegal activities. However, the Chinese youth gangs are disregarding these unofficial agreements, being another violent player in the crime scene in Chinatown, they who take a stand by killing Jackie Wong, the head of the triad. To deal with the matter, the NYPD reassign Captain Stanley White from Brooklyn to Chinatown. Stanley, of Polish heritage, is not averse to slinging slurs toward his adversaries, most of those of a racial nature. This reassignment will not help the already deteriorating marriage he has to his long suffering wife, Connie. While Stanley is supposed to target his efforts against the youth gangs, he instead decides to target his efforts against Joey Tai, Jackie's son-in-law who has taken over the triad. Stanley's actions do not sit well with his superiors who want to honor their long held tradition of leaving the triad alone. Although Joey convinced the triad elders that they needed a more vigorous leadership which he could accomplish, Joey, in reality, may have more to do with the increased violence in Chinatown than they realize, including Jackie's murder. In achieving his goal, Stanley co-opts the assistance of Herbert Kwong, a neophyte NYPD officer to go undercover to infiltrate Joey's organization, a job for which his training may make him ill-prepared. Also to further his goals, Stanley begins a love-hate relationship with Tracy Tzu, an American born ethnic Chinese reporter who works the Chinatown beat for an English language network. As Joey goes about his business and Stanley tries to bring him down, the battle between the two becomes personal, which places those around them in danger. The question becomes whether each will survive the battle, not only against each other but by their respective organizations who may not see what they're doing as maintaining what was the on the surface peace that existed in Chinatown before the current problems. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines It isn't the Bronx or Brooklyn. It isn't even New York. It's Chinatown...and it's about to explode. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'année du dragon (France)
  • Manhattan Sur (Spain)
  • Im Jahr des Drachen (West Germany)
  • O Ano do Dragão (Brazil)
  • Год Дракона (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 134 min
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Box Office

Budget $24,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,093,079, 18 Aug 1985

Did You Know?

Trivia Michael Cimino was officially allowed final cut of the film, but was forced to make one change to the ending. "The only change they asked me to make, which to this day I still find inexplicable because I think it sums up the movie, was to the very last line. At the end of the movie, there's another fight that breaks out on Mott Street, during a funeral parade. Mickey is in the middle of the mêlée, Tracy runs in and picks him up off the ground, they both look like survivors of a war. The camera closes in. If you look closely, you can see that they're not saying the line that you're hearing. The last line of the movie was, Stanley looks at her and says, 'Well, I guess if you fight a war long enough, you end up marrying the enemy.' Oliver Stone himself is married to a Vietnamese girl right now. I'm sure you'll see American's with Iraqi women at some point. For reasons that I can't understand, that line was not acceptable, so I took a line from some other place in the movie and I slipped it in and it doesn't make any sense at all. But that line, that sums up the whole movie." See more »
Goofs The first time Stanley is shown on screen his hair is gray and white all over. The next time Stanley is shown in the police station his hair is brown with gray only visible on his temples. In other scenes of the film his hair changes color from gray/white to brown with graying at the temples. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Slaying the Dragon (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Dream Dance (Tian Mi Mi) 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 »
Quotes Stanley White: The first time I saw you, I hated your guts. I think I even hated you before I met you. I hated you on TV. I hated you in Vietnam. You want to know what's destroying this country? It's not booze. It's not drugs. It's TV. It's media. It's people like you. It's vampires. I hate the way you make your living sticking microphones in people's faces. You lie every night at 6:00. I hate the way you kill real feelings. I hate everything that you stand for. Most of all, I hate rich kids and I hate this place. So why do I want to fuck you so bad?
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