The Last Dragon (1985)
Tonight’s Feature: The Last Dragon.
Let’s go back to 1985 for 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.
While critics [usually demented weirdos who masturbate far too much] panned the movie, many of us loved it and many of us look back on it fondly, no matter how cheesy it was.
The movie cost 10 million to make, it grossed over 33 million dollars.
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.
There are so many cool ‘firsts’ 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.
Watch the movie below.
The movie starred Taimak in his first lead role as Leroy Green “Bruce Lee Roy”. Check out this interview with Taimak from 2019 on WGN when he was here in Chicago for C2E2.
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.
THE LAST DRAGON SOUNDTRACK
Listen to the soundtrack from the movie below
There’s more to it and you can CLICK HERE for all the details.
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Article produced by: Sal Amato