The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon

DVD - 2005
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Martial arts student Leroy Green goes on a quest to obtain the elusive force known as "the Glow, " while battling the evil Shogun of Harlem, Sho'nuff, and rescuing a singer from an obsessed record promoter.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2005]
ISBN: 9780767861397
0767861396
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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referencemonger
Oct 17, 2018

Made at the tail end of the blaxploitation film era, The Last Dragon is not a film to be taken seriously. The story is an odd fusion of the plot's from Breakin, Shaft, The Chinese Connection and 'A very special episode of Good Times' (JJ leaves the gang), all with an early 80's disco funk soundtrack by Motown's Berry Gordy. While it was fairly cheesy even when it was released in the 1985, this movie was a household VHS staple for most African American families where I grew up. Every kid I knew in school could quote every line from it. By modern standards 'The Last Dragon' is cringe-worthy, visually outdated and campy to the point of hilarity. It could only be recommended to a newer viewer as one of those movies so bad, it's good. Even with all that, it holds a nostalgic place in the memories of a lot of late Gen X'ers and early Millennials of color.

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lukasevansherman
May 23, 2016

It's rare that I'm torn between giving a movie one star and five stars. If you're looking for a cool kung-fu movie, then you'll be disappointed. And, really, if you're looking for a movie that meets any kind of standards of good filmmaking, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a crazy musical/kung-fu hybrid with a black martial artist and a Prince protege, then you have struck gold! "The Last Dragon" is a barely coherent (I love that one reviewer said it had a "great plot"), over the top camp fest that was produced by Motown founder Barry Gordy. The plot? Doesn't matter. Turn off your brain and dive in. Debarge's "Rhythm of the Night" made its debut in the film. A would-be cult classic and part of the wave of 80s martial arts/ninja films ("American Ninja," "Karate Kid," "Revenge of the Ninja").

nutty7688 Jun 27, 2013

Good movie, but I didn't realize just how corny it really was until now.

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SEBoiko
Sep 11, 2012

Great Movie

Raven2099 May 01, 2012

Wonderfully good movie with a great plot

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SEBoiko
Sep 19, 2012

To seek safety, one must go into the heart of danger.

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SEBoiko
Sep 19, 2012

Those who are bound by desire see only that which can be held in their hands.

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SEBoiko
Sep 19, 2012

The secret awaits eyes unclouded by ambition.

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SEBoiko
Sep 19, 2012

Just direct-a your feets-a to Daddy Green's Pizza!

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