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Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)

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Two best friends rise through the ranks of New York's Chinese underworld in the 1980s.

Directors:

Wai-Keung Lau (as Andrew Lau), Andrew Loo

Writers:

Fredric Dannen (based upon an article by), Michael Di Jiacomo | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Chon ... Sonny
Kevin Wu ... Steven
Harry Shum Jr. ... Paul
Eugenia Yuan ... Snakehead Mama
Leonard Wu ... Ah Chung
Jin Au-Yeung ... Detective Tang (as Jin Auyeung)
Jon Kit Lee ... Teddy
Shuya Chang ... Tina
Alex Fox ... Little Sonny
Michael Gregory Fung ... Little Steven
Celia Au ... Bobo
Ron Yuan ... Born to Kill Dai Lo
Billy Magnussen ... Detective Boyer
Geoff Pierson ... FBI Director Sam Higgins
Ray Liotta ... Michael Bloom
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REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons". The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is. Written by Anonymous

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The true story of New York's most notorious street gang. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

11 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vingança dos Dragões Verdes See more »

Filming Locations:

Brooklyn, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Kevin Wu is widely known for his success on YouTube, having over 3 million subscribers. Many people know him as KevJumba. See more »

Goofs

In addition to the $100 bills seen during the opening credits being the wrong style for the period, they all have the same serial number: SG18017583Q. Also, the term "Secretary of the Treasury" is missing from beneath the signature o n the right side of the bill; the picture on the reverse is incorrect, and the image used of Ben Franklin has never been used on US currency. See more »

Connections

Features Xue xi Tang Ren Jie (1982) See more »

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Written by Lee Groves, Peter Marett, & Mark Altekruse
Performed by Hex Orchestra
Courtesy of Platform Music Group
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An absolute letdown of massive proportions
21 October 2014 | by trublu215See all my reviews

Revenge of the Green Dragons marks the English language debut of Hong Kong's most highly respected director, Wai-keung Lau. With classics such as Infernal Affairs among his heavy filmography, Revenge of the Green Dragons will be a stain on an otherwise awesome and talented career. Yes, Revenge of the Green Dragons is an awful film and catches me at my most disappointed. Seeing the name Martin Scorsese on anything makes it look appealing but after the first five minutes, it all goes downhill from there and crashes and burns before the forty minute mark. By then I began to wonder what a genius like him ever saw in a script so baseless and lacking in humanity. The film follows Sonny, a young Chinese immigrant who becomes involved with the Triads in 1980s New York City. While the film tries to put an eastern spin on the American crime drama, it amounts to nothing new and almost all of this we've seen done before in better films. Lau tries to translate the way of Hong Kong cinema into an American cinema but it ends up being just a rehash of American crime films such as Mean Streets, Goodfellas, and even American Gangster. By no means am I comparing this film to those classics, quite the contrary, this film takes what good its inspirations have done and put them in a nonsensical plot with terrible pacing and cheesy dialog . This feels more and more like a big budget student film by the end of it, made by a guy who simply has seen WAY too many crime films. While I know this is far from the case, it still feels that way and has left a sour taste in my mouth because of it. Lau is SO much better than this garbage. This comes as a devastating shock, considering the hype that this film has been garnering for quiet sometime. Don't be fooled by the trailer, which by the way, most of what we see in the trailer DOES NOT even wind up in the final film. This leads me to believe that maybe there is some saving grace behind the film that was simply left on the cutting room floor, for reasons I'd love to know. Overall, this is a really disappointing film with too many problems to count. And as much as I would love to find a saving grace in this film, I simply can't. It is THAT bad.


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