The Last Dragon

Friday, October 15 - Saturday, October 16, 2010

Chosen by Bryce T., manager

“A funny, high-energy combination of karate, romance, rock music and sensational special effects… THE LAST DRAGON stars two remarkably attractive and likable actors, who have one name apiece. The hero is played by Taimak, a 20-year-old karate student who has not acted before, but who has a natural screen presence, and the heroine is Vanity, the rock singer discovered by Prince and used as a warm-up act at some of his concerts prior to the current tour.

“Of Vanity, let it be said that she has the sort of rapport with the camera that makes us like her instantly; she has a sunny smile, and what can only be described as a sort of inner happiness, and in the middle of this plot about gangsters and night clubs and bloody fights, she floats serenely, a joy to behold. In less than 12 months, Prince has introduced two electrifying actresses, Appolonia Kotero from Purple Rain and now Vanity.

“There’s another engaging actor in the movie, a man named Julius J. Carry III, who describes himself as the Shogun of Harlem, and who presides over a hilarious early scene where he marches into a movie theater full of Bruce Lee fans and threatens to fight everyone in the house. Taimak is in the front row, so loyal to the Bruce Lee mystique that he’s eating his popcorn with chopsticks, and after he has a showdown with the Shogun, it becomes inevitable that they will have to endure a fight to the finish.

“Meanwhile, Vanity is working as a video disc jockey at a private club, and a gangster (Chris Murney) decrees that she should play a video he has produced, starring his girlfriend (Faith Prince, no relation). Vanity refuses, and she is rescued from the gangster’s thugs not once but twice by the brave Taimak, who barehandedly demolishes the hitmen.

“That sets up the movie’s basic situation: Taimak must defeat both the Shogun and the gangster – and fall in love with the girl, of course. There are also some nice scenes involving Taimak’s father, who proudly runs New York’s best black pizza parlor, and his little brother, who is a lot more street-smart than the otherworldly karate master.” – Roger Ebert

  • Country USA
  • Rating PG-13
  • Year 1985
  • Running Time 109 minutes
  • Director Michael Schultz