Last Dragon
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Last Dragon

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Director: Michael Schultz

Cast: Michael Schultz, Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney

     
 

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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 sexySee more details below

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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.

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This singular mix of kung-fu, blaxploitation, family film, and music video may seem unwieldy in theory but it is actually quite entertaining. Louis Venosta's script periodically overdoses on goofball humor but makes up for this with plenty of imagination and enthusiasm and Michael Schultz's assured direction deftly blends the humor, action, and music with style. The score, supervised by Motown veteran Willie Hutch, occasionally overdoes its '80s production quirks (drum machines, blooping synthesizers, etc.) but delivers plenty of soulful punch in the film's plentiful action set pieces. In terms of performances, Taimak doesn't exactly have the presence of Bruce Lee but his comic timing is solid and Vanity is surprisingly confident and poised as the sexy damsel in distress. However, the scene-stealing work comes from Julius J. Carry III's rip-snorting performance as Sho Nuff (imagine Rick James as a kung-fu expert) and Christopher Murney's scenery-chewing work as frustrated mogul Eddie Arkadian. In the end, The Last Dragon may be a little too dated and squeaky-clean for action enthusiasts, but its period charms and genial humor are guaranteed to entertain those nostalgic for the '80s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2001
UPC:
0043396059856
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
3,272

Special Features

Director's Commentary ; Bonus Trailers ; Filmographies ; Interactive Menus ; Production Notes ; Scene Selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Taimak Leroy
Vanity Laura Charles
Christopher Murney Eddie Arkadian
Julius J. Carry Sho' Nuff
Faith Prince Angela
Leo O'Brien Richie
Ernie Reyes Tai
Glen Eaton Johnny Yu
Andre Rosey Brown Beast
Michael R. Chin Lu Yi
Howard Feuer Actor
Kim Chang Girl Student
Jamal Mason Roy
Torrance Mathis Hood
Ernie Reyes Martial Arts Fighter
Shonte Sho's Woman
Soo Gin Lee Demo Team
Freddie Stroble Transvestite
William Taylor Sho's Stunt Double
Julian Villaneuva Demo Team
Jeffrey Ward Leroy's Stunt Double
Verne Williams Cujo
Henry Yuk Hu Yi
Mike Starr Rock
Jim Moody Daddy Green
Roger Campbell Announcer
Esther Marrow Mama Green
Keshia Knight Pulliam Sophia
B.J. Barie Jackie
Sarita Allen Angela's Singer
Jacqui Lee Smith Angela's Singer
Jodi Moccia Angela's Singer
Sal Russo Hood
Chazz Palminteri Hood
Frank Renzulli Hood
David Claudio Cyclone
Kirk Taylor Crunch
Janet Bloem Sho's Woman
Lisa Loving Sho's Woman
Fredric Mao Du Yi
Thomas Ikeda Master
William H. Macy J.J.
Trulie MacLeod Margo
Gary Aprahamian Jason
Lou David Headline Killer
Captain Haggerty Mr. Z
Robert Silver Cab Driver
Clayton Prince Voice in Theater
Brandon Schultz Tiny Kid
Carl Payne Kid in Pizza Shop
Anthony Cortino Hairstylist
Sebastian Hitzig Handsome Boy
Derek Schultz Boy Student
Rhonda Silberstein 7th Heaven Dancer
Peter Traina Radio Smasher
Jack Meeks Policeman
Joe Dabenigno Policeman
Scott Coker Demo Team

Technical Credits
Michael Schultz Director
William Barclay Art Director
Joseph M. Caracciolo Associate Producer
Jim Contner Cinematographer
Robert de Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Pen Densham Screenwriter
Frank Ferera Stunts
Berry Gordy Producer
Rupert Hitzig Producer
Christopher Holmes Editor
Willie Hutch Songwriter
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Lawrence Leritz Choreography
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Miller Score Composer
Misha Segal Score Composer
Thomas Tonery Set Decoration/Design
Louis Venosta Screenwriter
John K. Watson Screenwriter
Allen Weisinger Makeup
Lester Wilson Choreography
Gary Zeller Special Effects

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