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An enjoyable pastiche of martial arts, romance, music, and video, THE LAST DRAGON presents a likable young hero, Leroy (Taimak), who aspires to become a kung fu master. Though black and living in Harlem with his family, Leroy lives like a Chinese. Trouble arises in the form of a huge black man who calls himself "Sho' Nuff, who is determined to prove himself the kung fu master of the neighborhood.

Get ready for some seriously big hair. The Last Dragon--or, to call it by its full title, Berry Gordy's the Last Dragon--is a stunning example of 1980s camp cinema. One-name kung fu wonder Taimak plays Leroy Green, a.k.a. Bruce Leroy, a humble student of kung fu who has achieved the highest level of skill, but hasn't yet found his inner master. Wandering through the streets of New York in a Chinese peasant outfit, he accidentally becomes the protector of nightclub hostess/video jockey Laura Charles (played by former Prince protégé Vanity, who also costarred in the trash classic Action Jackson). She's being threatened by a height-challenged mobster who wants her to play his girlfriend's video (the girlfriend is something of a Cyndi Lauper look-alike, played by Broadway star Faith Prince). Meanwhile, a man who calls himself Sho'Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, wants to kick Leroy's ass and prove himself the baddest kung fu master in town. Add to this Leroy's smart-mouthed brother Richie (who calls Leroy "the chocolate-covered yellow peril"), a dregs-of-Motown soundtrack (DeBarge is a high point), ninja battles, pseudo-Eastern philosophical babble, and a jaw-dropping club performance by Vanity, and you have a hilarious example of why we're all so very glad the '80s are over. Featuring a bit role by William H. Macy (Fargo, Magnolia). --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney, Julius Carry, Faith Prince
  • Directors: Michael Schultz
  • Writers: Louis Venosta
  • Producers: Berry Gordy, Joseph M. Caracciolo, Rupert Hitzig
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JD5H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2003
Format: DVD
I have always loved this movie. Sure, it's a little bit kooky, but Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon just about has it all: plenty of kung fu action, comedy, romance, great vintage mid-80s music, a little bit of funk styling, and plenty of tributes to the great Bruce Lee; it is also the only film I know of whose two main characters are known by only one name in real life. I actually saw this film twice in the theatre back in 1985, and I can say that of only a few movies. Taimak plays Leroy Green, better known around the New York streets as Bruce Leroy for his impressive kung fu skills. His pursuit of the martial arts is a search for truth and mastery of self, and he is only one step away from acquiring "the glow," a state of being wherein mind and body are one. His pursuit of a new and final "master" keeps getting sidetracked, however. Sho'nuff (Julius Carry III), a particularly nasty dude who proclaims himself to be the Shogun of Harlem, is constantly provoking him and baiting him to fight. Then he finds himself the fated protector of star video jockey Laura Charles (Vanity), who is constantly being kidnapped and pressured into showing a certain video on her show. Eddie Arkadian (Christopher Murney) is determined to make a star of his untalented, Cindy Lauperized squeeze Angela (Faith Prince), and he will stop at nothing to get her video on the air. All of Leroy's enemies, naturally enough, come together for a slam-bam martial arts extravaganza finish.
Laura Charles naturally quickly develops some affection for her knight in flowing Asian robes, and a pretty darn innocent Leroy struggles to overcome his shyness in the ways of love. It makes for a rather sweet as well as comical budding relationship.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. on July 22, 2001
Format: DVD
This has got to be one of the funniest and cheesiest Kung Fu movies I have ever seen. However, don't let that disuade you from looking into this title. I gaurantee you'll have a blast watching it!
Martial Arts student Leroy Green is on a quest to obtain an elusive power known as 'The Glow'. However, in his search to find the one Kung Fu Master who can teach him this final level of Kung Fu greatness, Leroy must contend with the evil, powerful Shogun of Harlem, known as Sho'Nuff!! Aside from that, Leroy must also rescue a beautiful singer from the clutches of an obsessed record producer, who dreams of his no-talent wife having the spotlight! Now, Leroy has two foes to contend with, as well as strive to obtain The Glow!
It sounds cheesy...but don't let that fool you. This movie, quite surprisingly, is a ton of fun to watch! The action is actually pretty good, with some surprisingly decent special effects toward the end. Julius J. Carry III is hilarious as Sho'nuff, the meanest, the prettiest, baddest mo'fo in all of Harlem! And there is no denying it...when 'The Glow' song begins to play later on in the movie, you will find yourself wanting to do karate kicks right out of your seat!
My only gripe: For a DVD, the picture quality could've been ALOT better. The sound is restored very nicely, but the picture suffers from dark overtone, making scenes that take place in dark areas very difficult to see. Other than that, the disc has two sides, one of which is Widescreen, the other Standard. There are a few extras, such as the theatrical trailer, and very small theatrical bios of Taimak(the main character) and Vanity.
With a great soundtrack...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vato-Curandero on April 25, 2005
Format: DVD
As a kid growing up in the 1980s, I used to watch this movie all the time on HBO. The Last Dragon is one of those movies you see as a child, and you remember it for years into the future. I don't quite know what it is about this film, but it certainly is memorable. I agree 100% with the other viewer that said movies in the 80's had a certain quality about them that you just don't get anymore.

The Last Dragon is as charasmatic as it comes. Part martial arts beat-em-up, part drama, part comedy, and part romantic love story; the formula sounds like a disaster on paper but The Last Dragon pulls it off nicely in an all-around enjoyable film.

I take the film to also be, at least in part, a social satire as well. The cast of characters includes people from a wide variety of racial/ethnic backgrounds, and the movie itself abounds in stereotypes. However, there is a major dose of role reversal, as the stereotypes are moved around and attached to different groups. Thus, we have a black martial arts hero who constantly utters "wise old man" proverbs and a black shogun wannabe who serves as one of the key villains. The neighborhood pizza parlor is operated by an African-American family, while a trio of Chinese males shoot craps, smoke weed, and constantly engage in the dozens. The tongue-in-cheek approach is part of what gives The Last Dragon its drive.

The only reason I give this DVD four stars instead of five is because the disc contains barely any extras. You have the director's commentary and that's it. I get annoyed when films that are classics go light on the extra features. Other than that, I highly recommend The Last Dragon. The actual digital quality of the movie is outstanding. The picture quality of the disc is great, with one of the best quality transfers from VHS to DVD of any movie I know of. Also, the soundtrack has been digitally remastered as sounds great on your TV.

The Last Dragon is both a quality film and a high quality disc.
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