The Last Dragon [WS/P&S] [DVD] [1985]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (860 out of 867)

Special Features


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

Synopsis


The Last Dragon
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Taimak
    Taimak - Leroy
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    Christopher Murney - Eddie Arkadian
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    Julius J. Carry III - Sho' Nuff
  • Faith Prince
    Faith Prince - Angela
  • Ernie Reyes, Jr.
    Ernie Reyes, Jr. - Tai



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sho’nuff

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    5strrnr
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    The Last Dragon's Blu-ray release impresses. It offers a good all-around image that retains a fine and consistent grain structure and showcases an impressive film-quality veneer. The image rarely appears flat, instead offering a nicely defined surface that's home to a myriad of solid detailing, particularly evident on elements like a complexly woven straw hat, general attire, and close-up facial features, including creases, pores, pimples, hair, and other skin details. Rough urban environments are also beautifully complex and well defined; city exteriors really impress. The image never pushes excessively soft but instead appears consistently, and naturally, sharp. Colors can be a bit warm, particularly in lower-light conditions, but primaries pop in well-lit scenes, including bold yellow jumpsuits, Sho'nuff's red costume, and Angela's multicolored hair. Black levels are suitably deep and flesh tones largely accurate save for a mild push to red at times. The image appears free of any serious bouts of banding, blocking, print wear, and other eyesores. This is an impressive effort from Sony, particularly for a thirty year old title that's more a cult favorite and less a mainstream sensation.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    80's Classic

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    Leroy Green "Bruce-Leroy" (Taimak) is on a quest to find The Master and obtain the elusive Glow. During his search he saves a beautiful singer and host of a dance show (hey, it was the 80's, they were all the rage) Laura Charles (Vanity) from some thugs sent by a record producer bent on getting his flavor-of-the-month on her show. Of course, things only get more complicated when the "Shogun of Harlem" Sho'nuff (Julius J. Carry III) sets his eyes on fighting and destroying Leroy. What follows in pure 80's gold with decent fights sequences - Carry III knew no martial arts whatsoever during filming, so it's interesting how he's "The Master" of kung-fu when he clearly knows none. There is also some singing and dance numbers, though nowadays they're more tongue-in-cheek, though at the time they were meant to give more high-quality to the picture, setting it apart from standard martial arts movies. You'll also find yourself laughing quite a bit, both intentionally and not as the amusement that was the 1980's unfolds before your eyes. The 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray sports an impressive picture and, of course, sound quality. You'll hear every punch, crack and synthetic drumbeat throughout with crystal clarity. On the Special Features front, there's not a whole lot. We get "Return of the Dragon" which is a retrospect on the film from Barry Gordy, director Michael Shultz, writer Louis Venosta and Leroy himself, Taimak. You also get the theatrical trailer and a commentary from the director. All in all, not a bad little package for a cult favorite.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The 'Real' Karate Kid

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    "The Last Dragon" can be best described as a heartfelt homage to the great Bruce Lee with a distinctly early 80's urban flavor that only the great Berry Gordy could have delivered. While Taimak and Vanity are the main focus characters in this film the real standouts are the villainous "Shogun of Harlem" aka Sho'Nuff played to hammy perfection by the severely underrated and sadly deceased Julius J. Cary III and the horrendously nasty and vicious avatar of the music industry Eddie Arkadian played by Christopher Murney. This film's soundtrack is a collection of 80's Motown tunes featuring tracks from Stevie Wonder and The Temptations plus DeBarge's "Rhythm of the Night". My personal favorite track is "The Glow" by Willie Hutch.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A "campy" Classic

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    TheGolfMac1
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    Motown only produced a few films but all of them were excellent. Diana Ross & Billy Dee Williams in "Lady Sings The Blues", Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor and James Earl Jones in "Bingo Long and the Traveling All Stars", Diana Ross, Anthony Perkins and Billy Dee Williams in "Mahogany" and "The Last Dragon". I liked "The Last Dragon" because it was kind of nerdy and campy but it had a good enough storyline and likable lead character, Taimak and his love interest Vanity of Prince fame. The villain was played Julius J. Carry III whom I never saw in another film but he did a great job in this one as Sho'nuff, the "Shogun of Harlem". If you want a film that was clean and free of explicit violence and profanity, this is a classic worth seeing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pure 80's Cheese At It's Most Fun and Coolest!

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    An surprising little gem from the 80's that is purely astonishing in its good vs. evil tale as well as just being a hip film for the kids at the time. The Last Dragon is such a unique film that could have only come from a time when it was not strange to find a film this different and gonzo, insane fun to watch on the big screen. The Anniversary edition only features the latest reunion from the cast and crew interviewed about the film but it features a great cover that just absolutely captures the tone of the film. Definitely worth getting but on sale or as a part of a bundle deal! (3 for $20 in this case).

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic Movie, good transfer

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    Silly, good natured "Kong fu" movie from the mid 80's. Plenty of contrivancies in the storyline, but it's all in good fun. Straight forward good versus evil, and quite a few actors that were barely starting out in Hollywood like William H. Macy and Ernie Reyes Jr. Nothing negative to say about the video quality other than it was filmed in the 80's so it probably wouldn't be much of an improvement if this was the Blu-Ray. The movie isn't for everyone, but for those looking for a fun martial arts film, this is one of the classics.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The best kind of terrible 80s movie!

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    This movie has the glow! The Last Dragon hits a good number of the beats you expect in a terrible 80s movie that you love anyway. A great theme song rounds out a soundtrack that's best heard on a walkman cassette player. Most of the actors you probably never saw again, but looked like they were genuinely having fun while on the screen. And a villain who (of course) made his money through his videogame arcade empire chews scenery that his henchmen haven't already chowed down on.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cheesy fun movie from the 1980's!

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    Leroy Green (Taimak), a young martial artist living in New York City, trains tirelessly to attain the same level of mastery as the great Bruce Lee. One night, his life changes forever when he rescues television personality Laura Charles (Vanity) from evil businessman Eddie Arkadian (Chris Murney). Impressed by Leroy's bravery, Laura falls for Leroy -- but to keep her safe, he will have to defeat a gang leader named Sho'nuff (Julius J. Carry III), the self-styled Shogun of Harlem.

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