The Last Dragon

Taimak, Vanity, Stevie Wonder. A black Bruce Lee fan struggles to become Kung Fu master, defeat a neighborhood bully and charm a lovely video jockey. 1985/color/109 min/PG-13.Get ready for some seriously big hair. The Last Dragon–or, to call it by its full title, Berry Gordy’s the Last Dragon–is a stunning example of 1980s camp cinema. One-name kung fu wonder Taimak plays Leroy Green, a.k.a. Bruce Leroy, a humble student of kung fu who has achieved the highest level of skill, but hasn’t yet found his inner master. Wandering through the streets of New York in a Chinese peasant outfit, he accidentally becomes the protector of nightclub hostess/video jockey Laura Charles (played by former Prince protégé Vanity, who also costarred in the trash classic Action Jackson). She’s being threatened by a height-challenged mobster who wants her to play his girlfriend’s video (the girlfriend is something of a Cyndi Lauper look-alike, played by Broadway star Faith Prince). Meanwhile, a man who calls himself Sho’Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, wants to kick Leroy’s ass and prove himself the baddest kung fu master in town. Add to this Leroy’s smart-mouthed brother Richie (who calls Leroy “the chocolate-covered yellow peril”), a dregs-of-Motown soundtrack (DeBarge is a high point), ninja battles, pseudo-Eastern philosophical babble, and a jaw-dropping club performance by Vanity, and you have a hilarious example of why we’re all so very glad the ’80s are over. Featuring a bit role by William H. Macy (Fargo, Magnolia). –Bret Fetzer

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  • The Last Dragon (1985) Taimak (Actor), Vanity (Actor), Michael Schultz (Director) | Rated: PG-13 | Format: DVD NEW = The Last Dragon–or, to call it by its full title, Berry Gordy’s the Last Dragon–is a stunning example of 1980s camp cinema. One-name kung fu wonder Taimak plays Leroy Green, a.k.a. Bruce Leroy, a humble student of kung fu who has achieved the highest level of skill, but hasn’t yet found his inner master.

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3 Responses to The Last Dragon

  1. Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" says:

    A vintage 1980s kung fu/comedy classic I have always loved this movie. Sure, it’s a little bit kooky, but Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon just about has it all: plenty of kung fu action, comedy, romance, great vintage mid-80s music, a little bit of funk styling, and plenty of tributes to the great Bruce Lee; it is also the only film I know of whose two main characters are known by only one name in real life. I actually saw this film twice in the theatre back in 1985, and I can say that of only a few movies. Taimak plays Leroy Green, better known around the New York streets as Bruce Leroy for his impressive kung fu skills. His pursuit of the martial arts is a search for truth and mastery of self, and he is only one step away from acquiring “the glow,” a state of being wherein mind and body are one. His pursuit of a new and final “master” keeps getting sidetracked, however. Sho’nuff (Julius Carry III), a particularly nasty dude who proclaims himself to be the Shogun of Harlem, is constantly provoking him and baiting him to fight. Then he finds himself the fated protector of star video jockey Laura Charles (Vanity), who is constantly being kidnapped and pressured into showing a certain video on her show. Eddie Arkadian (Christopher Murney) is determined to make a star of his untalented, Cindy Lauperized squeeze Angela (Faith Prince), and he will stop at nothing to get her video on the air. All of Leroy’s enemies, naturally enough, come together for a slam-bam martial arts extravaganza finish.

  2. Michael Pappalardo says:

    WHO’S THE MASTA?! SHO’NUFF! THE SHOGUN……OF HARLEM!

  3. TJ says:

    The other Dragon! Just like so many others who have seen this movie, I fell in love with it. Everyone fantasies of having a special talent, gift or power. The GLOW is it, its what everyone wanted as kid when being bullied. The ability to take you skills to a supreme level. Not to mention the choreography is wonderful. The acting is good and unlike many movies today. You find yourself cheering at the end for the good guy! I have see The Last Dragon at least 50 times and it never gets old.

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