The Last Dragon (1985)
Tonight’s Feature: The Last Dragon.
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Check out this great feature 1985, this is Berry Gordy’s “The Last Dragon”… sho nuff!
Growing up in the 80’s, we were subject to some cheesy movies that we loved. This would be one of them. From the acting to the characters, it’s all 80’s and everything we loved about the decade including a soundtrack any 80’s kid could not help but love, especially the late Vanity who passed (sadly) in 2016.
The critics (usually demented weirdos who masturbate far too much) panned the movie but the only thing that really matters is us right? We loved it, even as cheesy as it was, it was our childhood and now as adults, we watch it and laugh our asses off at it all for many reasons but mostly, it brings back tons of memories. The movie cost 10 million to make, it grossed over 33 million dollars.
There’s so many cool facts about this movie including the early days of actors whose careers exploded in the years to come including Chazz Palmentieri, Mike Starr, William H. Macy and more.
Check out the movie in its entirety below
For me, the best scenes are always with Sho’Nuff LOL. Just kills me. “Kiss The Converse”. It’s all good in the hood my friends.
The movie starred Taimak in his first lead role as Leroy Green “Bruce Lee Roy”. I’d also like to tip my hat to a wonderful man I worked with on the movie Bad Boys (1982), Jim Moody was also in this movie as well as others including Fame, episodes of Law & Order and more.
Set in New York City, the movie follows a martial artist named Leroy Green (also known as “Bruce Leroy”), who has dreams of becoming a great martial artist like his idol Bruce Lee. His master explains that he has reached the final level of martial arts accomplishment known as “The Last Dragon”. Martial artists who reach this final level are said to be able to concentrate such mystical energy into their hands that they begin to glow.
Only a true martial arts master would be able to exhibit “The Glow” over his entire body. Leroy doesn’t fully understand and, in possession of a medal supposedly belonging to Bruce Lee, Leroy embarks upon a spiritual journey to find Master Sum Dum Goy, whom his master claims can help Leroy unlock the power of “The Glow”.
Another martial artist, Sho’nuff played by Julius J Carey III sees Leroy as the only obstacle to being acknowledged as the true master of martial arts. Leroy refuses to fight him and a furious Sho’nuff vows that he will defeat Leroy. Sho’nuff and his gang later break in and assault Johnny Yu, one of the students at Leroy’s martial arts school, demanding that Leroy bow before Sho’nuff. Finally, Sho’nuff and his gang attempt to send a message to Leroy by destroying the Green family pizza restaurant.
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