Revenge of the Green Dragons

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"The American Dream Isn't Free"
  • R
  • 2014
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 5.3  (4,255)
  • 36

"Revenge of the Green Dragons" is a crime-drama film released in 2014, based on a true story of the notorious gang named Green Dragons. The movie is directed by Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, featuring a talented cast that includes Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, and Harry Shum Jr. The movie is set in the 1980s in New York's Chinatown, where two Chinese brothers, Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu), are struggling to fit in a new country. They quickly become friends with the Green Dragons, a powerful gang that dominates the Chinatown neighborhood.

The Green Dragons are led by the ruthless boss named Paul Wong (Harry Shum Jr.), who recruits school kids as young as twelve to work for him. The Dragons' criminal activities range from petty theft to drug dealing, and they are not afraid to use violence to achieve their goals.

Sonny and Steven begin to work for the gang and gradually rise through the ranks, earning the trust of Paul Wong. However, as they become more successful, they also become more alienated from their own community. Sonny becomes increasingly desperate to leave the gang and start a new life, but Steven is seduced by the power and money that come with being a member of the Green Dragons.

The movie tackles themes of immigrant struggle, the clash of cultures, and the lure of the American Dream. The story is told from the perspectives of the two brothers, who have conflicting views on their place in the world. Sonny is haunted by memories of their past in China and feels like he is losing his identity in America. He is also in love with Tina (Shuya Chang), a Chinese-American girl who works at a restaurant and tries to distance herself from the gangster lifestyle.

On the other hand, Steven is more aggressive and ambitious, willing to do whatever it takes to rise to the top. He becomes involved with a corrupt detective named Tang (Charlie Yeung) who uses his position to manipulate the Green Dragons for his own gain.

As the story unfolds, we witness the brutal rivalries that exist between gangs and the police's struggle to infiltrate them. The movie's portrayal of the violence and chaos of the 1980s underworld in NYC is gripping and realistic, giving the viewers an inside look into the hidden world of Chinatown's criminal underbelly.

The movie also tackles the issue of identity among immigrant communities in America, where they are often caught between two worlds, struggling to keep their own culture alive while also adapting to American life. The Green Dragons' members are all immigrants who have left their homelands to build a new life in America. They feel like outsiders in the country they now call home, but they are also rejected by their own families, who disapprove of their criminal activities.

Overall, "Revenge of the Green Dragons" is a well-crafted, thought-provoking crime-drama that tells a story of alienation, loyalty, and the cost of chasing the American Dream. The movie features strong performances by the cast (including Ray Liotta, who plays a detective investigating the Green Dragons' activities) and a fast-paced, intense narrative that keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats.

Revenge of the Green Dragons is a 2014 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3 and a MetaScore of 36.

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    5.3  (4,255)
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