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Year of the Dragon

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A crime epic set in New York's Chinatown, YEAR OF THE DRAGON is full of mayhem, murder, and camouflaged vengeance. Explosive and confrontational, the film is based on the novel by Robert Daley and follows a script written by Oliver Stone and Michael Cimino. When a prominent businessman-mob leader in Chinatown is assassinated by a member of a Chinese youth gang, Vietnam vet and highly decorated cop Stanley White (Mickey Rourke) is assigned to Chinatown and ordered to clean up the gang problem. White soon realizes that the teenage hoodlums are under the control of an ambitious young crime boss, Joey Tai (John Lone). Enlisting the help of pretty young Chinese-American television reporter Tracy Tzu (Ariane), White becomes obsessed with destroying Tai. Prone to breaking rules and unlikely to make compromises, White goes after his target, vowing to spare nothing and nobody, including himself. The film is graphic in its depiction of gang violence and received a lot of criticism for it upon its release.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 67319

  • Credits
    Mickey Rourke,John Lone
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The film is an artful display of goods....Michael Cimino's proven strength is his ability to orchestrate big scenes, to balance the most intimate of widescreen moments with shots of grandiose and spectacle..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A fair amount of solid action....Cimino's eye for detail and insistence thereon has paid off in his impressive recreation of Chinatown..."
    Variety

    "...From the first second of YEAR OF THE DRAGON it is clear that Michael Cimino is one of the great, operatic film makers..."
    Los Angeles Times

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