Year of the Dragon (1985)

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Best known for his 1978 film The Deer Hunter or perhaps the less-successful Heaven's Gate, director Michael Cimino turned to this fast-paced actioner set in an authentic (back lot) Chinatown. This thriller stars a rogue Polish-American cop (Mickey Rourke) out to not only keep Chinatown safe for the local consumers, but to dismantle its deep-rooted crime and drug cartels as well. No one backs the crusading cop in the latter objective, and as he faces a suave and wily crime boss (John Lone of The … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Daley, Michael Cimino, Oliver Stone, Stanley Mann
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On DVD: May 31, 2005
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

Cast


as Stanley White

as Joey Tai

as Tracy Tzu

as Angelo Rizzo

as Louis Bukowski

as Louis Bukowski

as Connie White

as William McKenna

as Ronnie Chang

as Harry Yung

as Milton Bin

as Fred Hung

as Elder

as Francis Kearney

as Commissioner

as Herbert Kwong

as Alan Perez

as Tony Ho

as Teddy Tedesco

as Lenny Carranza

as Bear Siku

as White Powder Ma

as Red Hair

as Old General

as Scappy Peck

as Shanghai Palace Sing...

as Dragon King Boy

as Dragon King Boy

as Dragon King Boy

as Dragon King Boy

as Dragon King Boy

as Dragon King Girl

as Dragon King Girl

as Dragon King Girl

as Dragon King Girl

as Dragon King Girl

as Jade Cobra Boy

as Jade Cobra Boy

as Jade Cobra Boy

as Jade Cobra Boy

as Jade Cobra Girl

as Jade Cobra Girl

as Pei Brother

as Pei Brother

as Connie's Assassin

as Jackie Wong

as Jackie Wong's Assass...

as Jackie Wong's 2nd So...

as Mrs. Wong

as Laura Wong Tai

as Jackie Wong's Son

as Joey Tai's Daughter

as Mrs. Harry Yung

as Chinese Widow

as Italian Waiter

as Mrs. Bukowski

as Roman Catholic Pries...

as Harry Yung's Secreta...

as Mortician

as Police Sergeant

as Police Sergeant

as Surveillance Technic...

as Southwind Waiter

as Southwind Waiter

as Shanghai Palace Host...

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as Tracy's TV Cameraman

as Funeral Musician

as Funeral Musician

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Critic Reviews for Year of the Dragon

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A stunning, hard-edged crime thriller from Michael Cimino with a mesmerizing lead performance by Mickey Rourke. An incredibly gutsy effort that's my favorite film of 1985.

October 10, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Bullets, blood, and bodies fly, but little rings true.

Full Review… | May 28, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Screwy but fascinating.

Full Review… | December 1, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Year of the Dragon

Many people claim that The Deer Hunter is Michael Cimino's only good movie. However, this is just as good if not better. Probably one of the greatest crime epics to ever be made, this really has it all. Mickey Rourke shows his muscle and stubbornness, his manliness is almost off the scale. It takes the concept of a one man war on crime and really puts it to a realistic test. You can't win anything without losing some too. The action in this movie is flawless, violent yet somehow incredibly tasteful. It's almost like a French Connection type of cop mentality thrown into Chinatown.

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Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Year of the Dragon is something of a little known masterpiece. It is well written by Oliver Stone, and directed by Cimino at a turning point in his career. The centre piece, however, is Rourkes performance, which was caught while he most likely was at the peak of his acting ability's. You will be totally blown away by the realism of his acting, and it's even more noteworthy that the film was made while Rourke was youthful while making this and was made to look more senior (that grey hair is dye). A heartfelt performance from an actor playing a cop with "scar tissue on his soul", will never be forgotten once seen. While the main character is far from perfect, it is just that which makes him believable as well. Stanley White is on a crusade and would die for his principles, which effects all those involved with him. It is a complex film, often talky, which is punctuated throughout with explosive violence, well shot with use of excellent set pieces. Bloody in places and above all gritty and realistic, in parts it is even beautiful. The film works on many levels from it's slow burn beginnings with emphasis on conspiracy to the final pay off on the dock yards. Well drawn characters are everywhere in this film, and it never losses its hard edge. Rourke has seen a much needed and deserved return in recent years. He may have lost his handsome good looks due to boxing and due to too many face lifts, but the guy will never lose his acting ability. We, the true fans, never gave up on this chance. And now he's finally gaining popularity with a new generation, who need to see and experience The Year Of The Dragon, To believe the hype. Also check out his other classics Angel Heart and Barfly.

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Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

Not quite bad thriller of an obsessed cop takes on the Chinese mafia, determined to reassert America's supremacy at home, having failed in the East. John Lone should become a major movie star. Mickey Rourke gives a good performance. Director Michael Cimino has talent to burn... his work is smashing.

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Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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