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Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014)

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In the vein of crime classics like MEAN STREETS and INFERNAL AFFAIRS, 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. From acclaimed Director Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese comes a brilliant mix between a Hong Kong action film and a New York City crime thriller, portraying the never-before-told true story of "The Green Dragons". (C) A24

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Cast

Kevin Wu
as Steven
Geoffrey Pierson
as FBI Deputy Director Sam Heights
Billy Magnussen
as Detective Boyer
Ray Liotta
as Michael Bloom
Jin Auyeung
as Detective Tang
Eugenia Yuan
as Snake Head Mama
Leonard Wu
as Ah Chung
Alex Fox
as Little Sonny
Michael Gregory Fung
as Little Steven
Ron Yuan
as Born To Kill Dai Lo
Carl Li
as Chicken Wing
Shing Ka
as Ah Tai
Linda Wang
as Mrs. Wan
Shang-Ho-Huang
as Ho Huang-Tien Chau Manager
Si Han Wang
as Tien Chau Waitress
Nick Sullivan
as Mr. Charles
Tak Wah Eng
as Ton Bossman #1
Phil Nee
as Tong Bossman #2
Nahanni Johnstone
as Beach Reporter
Joe Starr
as Guido
Richard Lam
as Blue Hair
Manny Siverio
as DEA Agent
Allen Zhang
as Born To Kill Son
Jung Lin
as George the Mechanic
Geoff Lee
as Charlie Lo
Joanna Choy
as Carol Huang
Jim Ford
as Anthony Gallivan
Joanna Adler
as Prosecutor Gwen Shore
Lauren Anne Schaffel
as Shore Assistant
Alysia Reiner
as Court Reporter
Tracy Tsang
as Bank Teller
Fala Chen
as Bloom's Wife
Cliff Moylan
as Officer Mike
Michelle Guo
as Eileen Tang
Marco Palou
as Puerto Rican Kid
Victor Fong
as Tiger (Lotus Scout)
Carlos Koo
as Interpol Agent
Carlos Koo Tin-Ch
as Interpol Agent
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Critic Reviews for Revenge of the Green Dragons

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

The representation of Asian American men as hot-blooded toughies in the film does put a dent in the omnipresent nerdy eunuch stereotype and the model-minority myth.

Full Review… | December 23, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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There's a good story somewhere in "Revenge of the Green Dragons," but it's not the one Lau and his colleagues chose to retell.

Full Review… | October 28, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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This crudely made thriller plays like a stilted Cantonese riff on organized-crime cliches, substituting blood and brutality for novelty or insight.

Full Review… | October 28, 2014
Variety
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This crime drama wants to be a Chinese-American "Goodfellas," but it ends up just looking bad.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
New York Daily News
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What initially feels like brash energy peters out until what's left mainly evokes pretty ordinary gangster movies.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
New York Times
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[A] generic, nondescript gangster saga.

Full Review… | October 23, 2014
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Revenge of the Green Dragons

pretty enjoyable story-movie. some cool scenes and intense moments. i was invested in the characters. unexpectedly violent SPOILERS the mini twist at the end didn't really change much looking back at the story we just watched. but it was still pretty cool and better than what i was expecting, which is that he would get his revenge (1 viewing)

Waleed Ata
Waleed Ata
½

An asian Boys in the Hood meets Goodfellas very very light......nothing ground shaking but worth a one time watch

bill secor
bill secor
½

While this Scorsese production doesn't go too deep, it tells a story of how different groups operate within the system; how, at least for these Asian gang members, there was no honor among competing gangs, and not even within the same gang. Eventually, the meteoric rise of two brothers into an increasingly powerful gang evaporates almost as quickly as it had first sprung up. Nothing is left but an empty shell as the gang implodes on itself. It operated corruptly, dangerously, and with total disregard, eventually, for even itself). I do give high marks to the interplay that develops between CIA agent Bloom (Ray Liotta) and the ever-smirking Snakehead Mama (played by Eugenia Yuan) in the supermarket scene. Overall, this is an OK film to watch in your spare time, but definitely not a must-see.

Mark Womack
Mark Womack

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