The Last Dragon
- 1 hr 49 min
The Last Dragon is 1985 action film centered around Leroy Green (Taimak), a karate student that is sent on a quest to find the karate master and to reach the upper level of martial arts known as the glow. Leroy is a very shy and unassuming kid that works in his father's pizza shop and focuses solely on his martial arts training. This makes him a social outcast, and the target of jeers from the kids in his neighborhood. Although Leroy is nonviolent, he manages to make a few enemies on his path towards enlightenment. Sho'nuff, the self proclaimed "Shogun of Harlem", is determined to destroy Leroy and prove that he is the best martial artist in New York City. Knowing that Leroy does not want to fight him, Sho'nuff (Julius J. Carry III) will stop at nothing to force Leroy into accepting the challenge. After Sho'nuff trashes his father's pizza shop and Leroy still will not fight him, he is labeled a coward by his little brother Richie (Leo O'Brien). A chance meeting also gets him involved with Laura Charles (Vanity), the host of a music video show. Laura is being strong-armed by Eddie Arkadian (Chris Murney)into playing his girlfriend's music video on the show. The video is so awful that no one in their right mind would ever want to sit through it. So when Laura refuses to play the video on her show, Eddie kidnaps her and tries to force her hand. Leroy is now in a race against time to find Laura, the master, and to restore peace in Harlem. Eddie has now gone mad with delusions of grandeur. He takes control of Laura's television studio and tries to lure Leroy into a trap set to air live on television for the entire world to see. He puts Leroy into a life or death fight against some of the roughest, toughest, and meanest fighters in the city--leading him to the ultimate showdown, a fight against Sho'nuff that you will not want to miss! The movie also features a list of up and coming stars like Keisha Knight Pulliam, William H. Macy, and Chazz Palminteri. Produced by music mogul Berry Gordy Jr., the movie infuses the action film genre with the culture of hip-hop and R&B. The most recognizable song from the soundtrack is "The Rhythm of the Night" by DeBarge. The song was a hit and helped the movie become a cult classic and a financial success.