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The Last Dragon (Bilingual) [Import]
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Taimak/Vanity/Murney/Carry/Pri ~ Last Dragon
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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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.Read more ›
It's about "Bruce" Leroy Green, a top notch martial arts expert in Harlem. While training for the final level (the master level), he gets stops a kidnapping and now finds himself in trouble with an underground crime syndicate run by Eddie Arcadian, the Arcade King. While botching Arcadian's plans, he also runs into another problem, Sho-Nuff the Shogun of Harlem and he's not playing around. He wants to prove that he's the greatest and not Leroy. It's up to Leroy to protect the girl (Vanity), stop Eddie Arcadian and his gang and defeat Sho-Nuff, while trying to reach the Final Level in his training.
I have to say, out of all of the other cult classic films this is one of my favorites (right behind ROCKY HORROR of course). The action in this movie is phenomenal and the choreography is very good as well. The fight scene between Leroy and Arcadian's gang is awesome! And how could you forget the final fight scene between Leroy and Sho-Nuff.
I had one problem with this movie, the soundtrack. Parts of the soundtrack were good and a lot of it was bad (ex: "Sukiyaki Hot" and "The Glow"). I give it up that this movie was made in the 80's but this movie was the brainchild of Motown Records mogul Barry Gordy. So why is it that the soundtrack ate in some parts? In any case, the action in this movie made up big time for the bad soundtrack. And of course how do you go wrong with a little comedy? There's no real big laughs, but there are some laughs nonetheless.
Check out THE LAST DRAGON. If you've never seen it, you might be surprised. This was straight up the cult classic martial arts movie in the 80's. Perfect example of that was Busta Rhymes' video for "Dangerous". After 10+ years of the release of the movie, it's still around and people still talk about it.
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Great packing & prompt service, I'm very pleased. Thank you. D. KayterPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Second only to Bloodsport for the best action comedy flick from this eraPublished 18 months ago by A. Fernandez
Enjoyed this campy chop-socky flick as a teenager and again as middle-aged videofile. The adventures of "Bruce" Leroy Green will never get old for me. Two thumbs up.Published on Jan. 17 2013 by John D Stanley
i first saw this video when i was 10 years old.I THOUGHT IT HAD BEEN DISCONIUED,then finally i come across it again this is one cheesy film but i love it to piecesPublished on July 18 2004 by steve mclean
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