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Plot: In New York City, a young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight an evil martial arts expert and ... Runtime: 109 mins Release Date: 01 Jan 1985
This movie is like a guilty pleasure- nobody really talks about it, but every time it comes up in a crowd, within seconds people are using classic lines like "Who's the master?" and "Hey my man, what it look like?" and laughing like maniacs.This was my favorite movie as a teenager and I've probably seen it 100 times. From the hilarious over-the-top performances to the hybrid karate/comedy/musical genre, it's a movie that kept me laughing the whole way through.If you like classic movies, then don't waste your time- you'd be better off watching "The <more>
Sound of Music" for the 800th time. But if you didn't like this movie, odds are you tried not to.
The Last Dragon had everything a kung fu classic should have. As a chlid this was one of my favorite films. Tamiak surpisply never did another movie but it's still a lot of fun. Soon I'll own the DVD. Check this movie out for a good time.
Must see (by CYossarian)
If you like stupid and fun movies, this is for you. Fun action, retarded yet comical performances by the cast, and a stupid but enjoyable plot. The fxs in the movie are so 80s it is insane, the costumes fall along those lines as well. If you don't like stupid fun movies example: Evil Dead , then do not bother, but if you do like I said before, The Last Dragon is for you.
Flashy Kung Fu 80's Flick (by silentcheesedude)
It's so easy to dismiss a movie from another time-line as pure trash. Why, if I just pick up any car-chase movie from the 70's, or some old spy movie from the 60's WITHOUT considering the era & what was in it, I'd be lost.The 80's introduced a pop culture focused in music, thanks to MTV. Break-dancing was the norm. Synthesized keyboards backing up great, and some not so great singers were all over. Also, movies in the 80's carried over what Bruce Lee & others had brought from the 70's: martial arts. Lots of movies with the word 'ninja' in it, and of <more>
course 'Karate Kid' made a big impact in 1984.If you were already into the hip-hop scene, & you liked the American dance pop music that was playing all over New York, then going to see 'The Last Dragon' would have been a natural extension for your weekend experience at the movies.The story is simple- Young kung-fu master Leroy Green Taimak must seek his inner-self by obtaining what is called 'the glow', and is faced with wrath of a great, cheesy bad guy called Sho'nuff, along with his gang. Along the way he will learn about his family, himself, and even find love. There's plenty of side stories that include our hero, who, by the ways, eats popcorn with chopsticks. He's a modest, gentle young man who is faced with other challenges you wouldn't expect, like, for example, how to be 'black', and the fact that he's a virgin. There is some hilarious lines, and I remember the entire theater in a riot with some of these:Sho'nuff: Now, when I say, "Who's da mastah?" you say, "Sho'nuff!" Who's the Master?" Gang: "Sho'nuff!"Leroy Green: "The truth will be revealed only to eyes unclouded by desire." Sho'nuff: "It's mumbo jumbo like that & skinny little lizards like you thinking' they the Last Dragon that gives kung-fu a bad name."Those who really watch Kung Fu films are in for a treat, as this one really lays on the Bruce Lee references. The villain, Sho'nuff, is a just oozing with the typical kung-fu bad guy look & sound. There are some good fighting scenes, as Taimak is really an expert in martial arts there were some karate how to videos he did , but there is one little kid in this movie who really kicks butt. You have to see him in action to believe it.Nope. There are no Oscar winners in here. You won't see an outstanding story line. No expensive SFX. Just a moderately low budget, flashy movie filled with that decade's influence- like bright colored clothes, neon lights, & music. It's the right blend of kung-fu, fantasy, romance and comedy together with 80's clicks and buzzes that really make this movie. If you like kung-fu, forget the nay-sayers and watch this, you won't regret.9 out of 10
The absolute best martial arts flick ever! (by VernonPope)
Alright, I acknowledge that there are cheezy scenes. I also realize that the "bad" singer is a Cindy Lauper clone, and that Vanity was a protege of Prince. All that aside, I think the filming was great. The scenes were well shot, the music did a terrific job of matching the scenes and setting the mood, and even the comedy helped to keep the show from being too much of a fight flick - in other words it was more real than most shows. The script was easy to follow alright, predictable but it's necessary to reach a broad audience. The fight coreography was well done, and <more>
Leroy's struggle to believe what everyone is trying to tell him about himself is the real jem of the show - who among us doesn't struggle with such problems at times?
This film is more then a Kung-Fu flick. Its the only good African-American inspired martial arts movie I have ever seen Sorry Jim Kelly, its true .The plot is a standard Kung-Fu movie style. Student seeks final knowledge or skill so must quest for a new teacher, student has good friends that need his help and family problems, a brother he cannot relate to and a life that walks against the grain of the place he is from in this case, NYC of all places and his family they own a pizza shop, yes that is part of the comedy of the movie, an African-American family that owns and operates a <more>
pizzeria , student encounters bad guy and bad guy's equally evil cohorts, student falls in love with woman, she is in danger. She gets in trouble, so does his family, He sets out to saves his love interest.Kung Fu fighting ensues. However, it is the crossover elements of the movie that really pull it all together. The break dancing/Hip-Hop element of the film REALLY works. Its done amazingly well. The Hip-Hop doesn't seem tacked on and it actually fits into the plot of the movie. The younger brother and the central "Hip-Hop" character played by Leo O'Brien does shine as the flub for his older brother's straight man routine. You gotta remember that this film was made during the peak of the early Hip-Hop era think, right around the time Beat Street was made and as a result the dancing, music, style and attitude still comes off as fresh and not watered down or overdone like it is today. The love interest Vanity is the host of a "Soul Train" like show, and the elements of the plot tie nicely into the hip-hop/80's pop music theme of the whole film. Sure, the bad guys are comical and over the top, but that's what I expect from a Kung Fu movie. Think of this film as a blending of the serious Bruce Lee themes of justice and revenge with the Jackie Chan/Stepeh Chow over the top comedy approach. Its probably one of the myriad of movies Tarantino watched to put together Kill Bill, and probably the reason he went for a hip-hop inspired soundtrack to the film. I won't give away the ending, but I will say this, its worth the 12 dollars you'll spend on the DVD. Of all the movies in my collection, this is the one most people pick up, read the back and say "lets watch this". A good lazy evening movie.
If you occasionally get nostalgic for break dancing, too much hairspray, De Barge, and Cyndi Lauper-style hair extensions, then this movie will give you an awesome blast from the past! I watched it on a Saturday morning and it made me feel like a kid again.As many of the naysayers have already posted here, this ain't no bona fide martial arts flick. But it does make Tarantino-esque allusions to kung-fu pop culture- namely, Bruce Lee's films- that will be appreciated by 'true' kung-fu fans. And the fight scenes were co-choreographed by Ernie Reyes, Sr., so that gives them some <more>
credence.In my opinion, the "worst" parts of this movie are actually the best because of their kitsch value: Prince protégé Vanity performs a ridiculously bad song and dance number; Leroy finds his inner "glow"; Sho'Nuff and his gang interrupt a screening of ENTER THE DRAGON; the list goes on. I think I'll watch it again next Saturday!
Why have this movie got so long a rating? Probably the most funky martial arts movie ever made. An absolute 80s masterpiece. Full of honour for Bruce Lee and that period as well as containing the spirit of Van Damme and the 80s - and afro-american funk as well as saturday night fever dance movies. This movie definitely got the glow!
Lord Bowler as the Shogun of Harlem! (by ElijahCSkuggs)
For some dumb reason or another I never watched this flick. Not only that, I never even heard of it. I guess you are what you watch, really. My friends, my family, they were all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Mortal Kombat, Van Damme fans, so I'm guessing saturating ourselves in that action was enough for us to keep a blind eye towards any other films on the video racks. But the sweet thing, it gave me a chance. And now I'm the baddest! But not as bad as the Harlem Shogun. No way.'Bruce' Leroy Green is a student of the martial arts variety. But his arch nemesis, Sho'nuff, is <more>
a student the badass variety! And he's also the self-proclaimed Shogun of Harlem! If I was Leroy I would've packed suit and got the hell outta Dodge! Dodge-Harlem, that is. Anyways, Leroy's got more testicular fortitude than your boy, so he continues on his self-improving journey, which unfortunately gets his family in trouble along the way. And to make matters worse, some flirty, eye-lash batting, cutey-pants, TV singing, dancer star is having problems with some greedy, evil bigwig! And of course, it's only up to Bruce Leroy to put an end to that as well. But can he? He can't glow if he can't find Sum Dumb Gai. If you're a little confused about what I'm trying to tell you...you should be. You should also be ashamed in yourself that you haven't seen this movie yet. Sho'nuff!! The Last Dragon is absolutely, without a doubt, sho'nuff, a classic 80's flick. It's got the cheese, which is almost carried entirely by our lead actor who plays Bruce Leroy Green. It's got the martial arts action, the dazzling dance moves, the bodacious beats, and of course, ya got the Shogun of Harlem himself being the baddest mofo around! If you have a difficult time finding the entertainment in this flick, you're a fool! A damn fool! Sho'nuff!!