The Last Dragon (1985)

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The TV prints of this entertaining melange whittled down the film's original self-serving title (Motown king Berry Gordy was the producer), and settled on merely The Last Dragon. Taimak stars as an African American martial-arts whiz, so devoted to his hobby that he dresses and behaves in what he thinks is true Chinese fashion. Taimak falls in love with sexy veejay Vanity. Gangsters intrude on both their lives when crook Julius J. Carry III tries to promote his talentless protegee into rock stardom.
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Cast

Taimak
as Leroy Green
Vanity
as Laura Charles
Ernie Reyes Sr.
as Martial Arts Fighter
Mike Starr
as Rock
Kirk Taylor
as Crunch
Jim Moody
as Daddy Green
Jeffrey Lynn Ward
as Leroy's Stunt Double
Faith Prince
as Angela
Robert Silver
as Cab Driver
Carl Anthony Payne II
as Kid in Pizza Shop
Clayton Prince
as Voice in Theater
Lou David
as Headline Killer
B.J. Barie
as Jackie
Glen Eaton
as Johnny Yu
Queen Esther Marrow
as Mama Green
Leo O'Brien
as Richie
Thomas Ikeda
as Master
William Taylor
as Sho's Stunt Double
Henry Yuk
as Hu Yi
Anthony Cortino
as Hairstylist
Lisa Loving
as Sho's Woman
Sarita Allen
as Angela's Singer
Derek Schultz
as Boy Student
Joe Dabenigno
as Policeman
Jack Meeks
as Policeman
Janet Bloem
as Sho's Woman
Roger Campbell
as Announcer
David Claudio
as Cyclone
Scott Coker
as Demo Team
Sebastian Hitzig
as Handsome Boy
Fredric Mao
as Du Yi
Jodi Moccia
as Angela's Singer
Sal Russo
as Hood
Brandon Schultz
as Tiny Kid
Shonte
as Sho's Woman
Rhonda Silberstein
as 7th Heaven Dancer
Jacqui Lee Smith
as Angela's Singer
Soo Gin Lee
as Demo Team
Freddie Stroble
as Transvestite
Peter Traina
as Radio Smasher
Julian Villaneuva
as Demo Team
Chris Murney
as Eddie Arkadian
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Critic Reviews for The Last Dragon

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Say what you want about it, but I still love it.

Full Review… | August 6, 2015
Cinema Crazed

A remake could bring more cohesion to a film with an identity crisis. But it also might not strike the funky, daffy sweet spot in which "The Last Dragon" takes an inner-city poke at the hero's journey without ever taking the piss out of it.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Suite101.com

Michael Schultz continues his losing streak as a director with this derivative dud.

August 21, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Howlingly goofy artifact from the silliest part of the 1980s.

November 22, 2002
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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Last Dragon

I remember seeing this movie when it first came out in theatres some 30 years ago,and it is enjoyable today as it was when it came out back in 1985. But in perspective,if you asked any young teenager or any younger person over the age of 30 if they remember seeing Berry Gordy's "The Last Dragon" in the cinema they probably will unless they have vague memories of it when they were kids,not to mention going to see the movie first,and then hustle over to the nearby record shop to buy the motion picture soundtrack to this film. Produced by the great Berry Gordy(the head CEO and founder of Motown Records who also produced the movies "Lady Sings The Blues","Mahogany","Bingo Long Traveling All Stars and Motor Kings",and not to mention he was responsible for bringing "The Wiz" to the big screen)this crazy amalgam of of spectacular martial arts,1980's-era blaxploitation which was during the height of hip-hop's golden era of music and musical moments was supervised by Gordy himself and directed by the trailblazing black filmmaker Michael Schultz(who directed "Cooley High",and "Car Wash")made this movie for the audiences in mind. It was practically the equivalent of two martial arts films---1973's "Enter The Dragon",and 1974's "Black Belt Jones" with references to 1974's "Three The Hard Way" and 1975's "The Street Fighter",not to mention taking a cue from 1984's "The Karate Kid" particularly those who grew up in the golden age of MTV and BET.

"The Last Dragon" starred Taimak(who makes his theatrical debut) as Bruce "Leroy" Green, a Bruce Lee-not to mention Jim Kelly idolizing young martial arts student who does battle with an arrogant karate master named Sho' Nuff(ridiculously played by the late Julius J. Carry III)when he is not saving a Lady VJ(Denise Matthews-aka former Prince protege Vanity)from impending peril where all the action takes in Harlem. Yeah,its a nutty movie if you think about it where it is mostly high flying action sequences that basically saves this film. "The Last Dragon" makes the film debut of Ernie Reyes, Jr.(Tai),and it also marked the film debut of two actors who were making television history and would go on to better and better things in their professional careers....Keisha Knight-Pulliam (little Rudy Huxtable of "The Cosby Show")plays Leroy's younger sister Sophie,and Carl Anthony Payne,II (also of "The Cosby Show" fame and later on for "Martin")plays one of the neighborhood kids. Veteran actors William H. Macy and Chazz Palminteri are in this too as well as Leo O'Brien(who plays Leroy's younger brother)who in real life was the younger brother of Guy O'Brien,better known to hip-hop fans out there as "Master Gee" from the Sugarhill Gang. While the movie became a mixed bag at the boxoffice,the motion picture soundtrack to this movie became a huge seller that featured music from such Motown stars as Stevie Wonder, Willie Hutch, Smokey Robinson, and Rick James which included DeBarge,who sing their peppy Diane Warren-written hit "Rhythm Of The Night",that went straight to Number One on Billboard's Hot 100 R&B,that lasted a record on the Billboard charts for an impressive 16 weeks!
"The Last Dragon" was an instant transport back to the days of that fantastic and weird era that was the 1980's.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

Super Reviewer

Just watched this movie for the first time since I was a kid almost 20 years ago and I have to say what a great little movie it is. There is action from the beginning and whilst this will never win any prizes for originality it will keep most lovers of this genre entertained. And yes the dialect is quite cheesy at times but this goes well with the directors decision to add some comedy into the mix. I found the movie "baddie" to be more annoying than actually threatening and I had to laugh at his typically 80s shoulder pads!! This is one of those movies where no concentration is required to follow the plot so just switch your brain off, invite a few friends over and enjoy 100 minutes of Kung Fu, Shaft Style!!

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

½

Sho nuff! Gloriously cheesy and fun.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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