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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 a Master to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the Glow.

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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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In order to be "The Last Dragon", a young martial arts student in New York trains to become a great fighter like Bruce Lee, but first he must face off against one mean, bad dude known as Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem.

Director: Mario Andreacchio
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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,254,359, 24 March 1985

Gross USA:

$25,754,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,754,284
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was a critical failure, but a reasonable box-office success. It has since become a cult movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Richie Green: [after seeing Leroy kissing Laura] I'm gonna slap that sucker silly with a suit for alienation of affection! If it wasn't for me, he wouldn't even know who she was! Chocolate-covered yellow peril!
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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 Fresh Off the Boat: Bring the Pain (2016) See more »

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7th Heaven
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Sho'Nuff!
12 November 1999 | by useoncendestroySee all my reviews

I recently saw this movie for the first time, and I actually liked it.

I think I enjoyed this movie so much because it was like a time capsule of the 1980s. I remember all those songs on the soundtrack, and I remember how popular Vanity was during that time. Mostly though, I remember the b-boys. *swoon* I can totally see this movie being a hit with kids back in the day because they'd look up to Taimak's character, and breakdancing was the BOMB... I'm sure he was all the rage then. But it's kind of a positive role model type thing for the kids too, and I can see parents really digging that, thinking that this movie is a selection that'll keep the youngstaz outta trouble for an hour and forty-five minutes or whatever.

> This is an action packed movie. There is never a dull minute from the time we see the opening scene of the Tae Kwon Do exercises, to the final "battle" between good and evil, there's something keeping you there and interested. I think Bruce Leroy's little brother almost steals the show, because he's such a scam artist. He's like a very young wisecracking Chris Tucker-type or somebody. That kid is hilarious. He's obviously hip, and aware of what's cool during that time. He's also got a crush on Laura (Vanity)... Who wouldn't? He's a red-blooded American boy!

The most meaningful part of this movie for me was the thing with the brothers... The bridging of the gap between the brothers. That was really special, because Bruce Leroy Green in all his naivete really was very different from his little bro... Like, there's a cultural GAP between them or something!

I'd recommend this movie to anyone who has a passion for the roots of hip-hop, graffiti (and there is a BUNCH to be seen around the sets) or urban culture, martial arts, or just a well told funny story. It is a comedy--it's even a comedy from the eighties, so get ready to see some multi-colored, checkerboard, neon green, and bright orange patterned madness--but know that this movie has its message too. I kinda think movies like this are quite rare. It isn't often you get to see a young man become a hero of his own accord.

But, you know... I couldn't be sure if the Sho'Nuff character wasn't really Busta' Rhymes or somebody... =P


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