Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon

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Director: Michael Cimino

Cast: Michael Cimino, Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane


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Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon finally makes its way to DVD in this fine edition from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. Highlighted by a commentary track from the reclusive director, the disc also boasts a new remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack along with the original theatrical trailer. Presented with an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture, the


Michael Cimino's Year of the Dragon finally makes its way to DVD in this fine edition from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. Highlighted by a commentary track from the reclusive director, the disc also boasts a new remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack along with the original theatrical trailer. Presented with an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture, the film's grain has been kept intact, though seasoned home theater critics might fault the disc with some shimmering issues in the otherwise acceptable picture transfer. Cimino's commentary is a treat as he pours through stories of dancing in Chinatown clubs with co-writer Oliver Stone to being wined and dined by actual members of the Triad gangs. Through it all, the director presents an informative take on the production and of himself, delving into his particular style of filmmaking that unfortunately was taken through the ringer after the debacle of Heaven's Gate. Though it's not packed full of extras with some kind of splashy holographic cover, this release of Year of the Dragon is still a quality DVD that's worth picking up.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A fast-paced thriller that brims with bloody action, this 1985 film certainly wasn’t quite the epic that director Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter) imagined, but despite its self-importance, Year of the Dragon delivers the goods. Mickey Rourke plays the movie’s flawed hero, a Vietnam veteran-turned-cop whose violent tendencies make him an ideal choice to battle ruthless drug smugglers headed by Chinatown’s crime czar (John Lone). What begins as a fairly routine investigation of murderous youth gangs mushrooms into an epic struggle between Rourke’s character -- a classic lone wolf who dispenses vigilante-style justice -- and a secretive criminal system with roots going back thousands of years. Cimino rather overplays his hand in trying to stress Chinese history and culture; the story succeeds on a purely pulpy level, and the attempts to legitimize it are unnecessary and distracting. From a production standpoint, it’s hard to fault Dragon. Cimino had New York’s Chinatown replicated in uncanny detail in the South Carolina studio of producer Dino De Laurentiis, and the action scenes are imaginatively staged on a large scale. Brimming with authenticity of setting and style, this vivid and exhilarating action film holds up a lot better than many of its era.
All Movie Guide
This urban crime epic has style to burn but is ultimately unsatisfying; this is unfortunate because director Michael Cimino has the visual touch Year of the Dragon needs. He films the story's events in a sweeping and sumptuous style and brings a real kinetic flair to the film's action sequences. Unfortunately, the script leaves the viewer with precious few reasons to become emotionally invested: the character of Stanley White is as selfish as he is irresponsible and the film's two major female characters are portrayed as icy, overbearing caricatures. There's also a relentlessly shrill tone to the film; characters never have real conversations, they either trade insults or shout at each other. Thankfully, there are a few good performances to reward the patient viewer: Mickey Rourke puts the full weight of his charisma behind Stanley White and manages to make him compelling if not likeable, while John Lone is the epitome of sly evil as his Chinatown nemesis. Their battle of wills generates real dramatic sparks, it's just a shame the film they're in doesn't offer them a better vehicle.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Michael Cimino; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rourke Stanley White
John Lone Joey Tai
Ariane Tracy Tzu
Leonard Termo Angelo Rizzo
Ray Barry Louis Bukowski
Caroline Kava Connie White
Eddie Jones William McKenna
Joey Chin Ronnie Chang
K. Dock Yip Milton Bin
Pao Han Lin Fred Hung
Mark Hammer Commissioner
Dennis Dun Herbert Kwong
Vallo Benjamin DEA Man
Chi Moy Dragon King Girl
Chin Feng Dragon King Boy
Fan Mui Sang White Powder Ma
Jiwon Chang Dragon King Girl
Kader Ma Jackie Wong's Assassin
Lin Ngan Ng Chinese Widow
Dermot McNamara Scappy Peck
Joanna Merlin Actor
Ming C. Lee Jackie Wong
Gerald L. Orange Bear Siku
Quan Eng Mortician
Julian Szumilo Roman Catholic Priest
Way Dong Woo Elder
Yuk Fan Yiu Dragon King Boy
Victor Wong Harry Yung
Jimmy Sun Elder
Daniel Davin Francis Kearney
Jack Kehler Alan Perez
Steven Chen Tony Ho
Paul Scaglione Teddy Tedesco
Joseph Bonaventura Lagnese
Jilly Rizzo Schiro
Tony Lip Lenny Carranza
Fabia Drake Nun
Tisa Chang Nun
Yukio Yamamoto Ban Sung
Doreen Chan Red Hair
Harry Yip Old General
Myra Chen Shanghai Palace Singer
Richie Hsiu Dragon King Boy
Jack Lee Dragon King Boy
David Lee Dragon King Boy
Irene Jung Dragon King Girl
Josie Lee Dragon King Girl
Kelly Wong Dragon King Girl
Johnny Shia Chia
Gardell Tung Jade Cobra Boy
Jeff Khowong Jade Cobra Boy
Jerry Chan Jade Cobra Boy
Aileen Ho Jade Cobra Girl
Lisa Lee Jade Cobra Girl
Sammy Lee Pei Brother
Keenan Leung Pei Brother
James Scales Connie's Assassin
Paul L.Q. Lee Jackie Wong's Son
Manny Fung Jackie Wong's 2nd Son
Emily Woo Mrs. Wong
Roza Ng Laura Wong Tai
Gloria Au Joey Tai's Daughter
Jadin Wong Mrs. Harry Yung
Janice Wong Tina
Bruno Millotti Italian Waiter
Lucille D'Agnillo Mrs. Bukowski
Cecelia Pei Harry Yung's Secretary
George Kodisch Police Sergeant
Bruce Kennedy Surveillance Technician
James Chin Southwind Waiter
Matthew Tung Southwind Waiter
Pat Fuji Shanghai Palace Hostess
Geoffrey Lee Shanghai Palace Hostess
Kuni Mikami Shanghai Palace Musician
Billy Asai Shanghai Palace Musician
Chi On Soo Hoo Shanghai Palace Musician
John Sparks Tracy's TV Cameraman
Carmine Venezia Funeral Musician
Anthony Parrillo Funeral Musician
Matthew Castiglione Funeral Musician
Steve Hanson Funeral Musician
Raymond Gardner Funeral Musician
Michael Acampora Funeral Musician

Technical Credits
Michael Cimino Director,Screenwriter
Françoise Bonnot Editor
John Caglione Makeup Special Effects
Marietta Ciriello Costumes/Costume Designer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Alberto Fava Makeup Special Effects
David Forrest Makeup Special Effects
Lucia Hwong Score Composer
Richard Kane Set Decoration/Design
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Stanley Mann Screenwriter
David Mansfield Score Composer
Oliver Stone Screenwriter
Randy Ostrow Set Decoration/Design
Victoria Paul Art Director
Debby Porter Stunts
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
David A. Stephenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Alex Thomson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:07]
2. Two Killings [4:27]
3. White's New Command [4:14]
4. Not Beyond the Law [5:55]
5. Nobody Likes You [3:08]
6. Home Repairs Needed [4:40]
7. Things Chinese [4:06]
8. Restaurant Rampage [4:37]
9. Losing Face and Profits [3:47]
10. Commissioner's Orders [2:44]
11. Pointed Guns [3:16]
12. No Respect [4:12]
13. Gonna Burn You Down [7:14]
14. Tracy's Place [5:43]
15. Chaos [4:19]
16. Flying Too High [3:05]
17. Drug Talk [2:54]
18. Between Guys [2:08]
19. His Only Friend [2:17]
20. Bangkok [5:14]
21. Home Invasion [2:12]
22. Old Friends [5:16]
23. Tell Ma Himself [4:10]
24. Connie's Funeral [3:31]
25. What Killed Connie [3:47]
26. To the Limit [2:21]
27. Risk vs Reward [5:39]
28. Shot for Shot [3:13]
29. How Many More People? [4:44]
30. Shipyard Showdown [6:32]
31. Bullet Express [3:22]
32. Be a Cop Again [2:19]
33. End Credits [2:55]


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Year of the Dragon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oliver Stone's genius for script-writing, as in Scarface and Midnight Express, is at its authentic best in Year of the Dragon, written with utter conviction and the timing of a Beethoven symphony. Add one of Mickey Rourke's best performances and you have a "must-see".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a great movie. It had a lot of action and suspense that kept me entertained throughout the entire film. I also enjoyed this film's dramatic moments also. I don't think that this film was excessively violent at all. I also don't that it was a racist film either. It was well-written and presented. The film also had a great cast that gave great performances. I really liked this film and I think that it's worth watching.