Year of the Dragon

1985

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 52%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 13069

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Cast

Mickey Rourke as Stanley White
Raymond J. Barry as Louis Bukowski
Jack Kehler as Alan Perez
Victor Wong as Harry Yung
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979.37 MB
1280*544
English
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23.976 fps
2hr 14 min
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2.04 GB
1920*816
English
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23.976 fps
2hr 14 min
P/S 3 / 5

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 10 / 10

Absolutely blistering cop film. An underrated classic.

Michael Cimino's Year Of The Dragon is a visceral blast of pure Americana as only the man could bring us. It kills me that he suffered through that whole Heaven's Gate fiasco (which is actually a really good movie, but that's another story and argument entirely) because it extinguished any hopes of him making future films, and in doing so the studios effectively committed genocide against their own. Sure the guy was crazy as hell, but damn could he ever make a great film. This one is one of the most criminally overlooked cop flicks of all time, partly due to Cimino's scorching direction and partly due to a a performance of monolithic grittiness from Mickey Rourke as Captain Stanley White, the cop who won't stop. White is fresh out of Nam and mad as hell, launching a unilateral crusade of racist violence and self righteous fury against the Chinese crime syndicate in New York City, particularly a young upstart in their organization named Joey Thai (John Lone). Thai is as ruthless as White is determined, and the two clash in ugly spectacle, causing leagues of collateral damage on either side and inciting them both to roar towards an inevitable, bloody conclusion. Thai's elderly superiors warn him of men like White, men who are fuelled purely by anger, bitterness and nothing else, smelling the fire and brimstone in the air and wisely stepping out of the way. Thai is of a younger, more petulant generation and foolishly decides to meet the beast head on by essentially kicking the hornet's nest. White is warned by his caring wife (Caroline Kava) and fellow cop and friend Lou (Raymond J. Barry is excellent, firing Rourke up further with his work) not to mess with such a dangerous crowd. He has a volatile relationship with a beautiful Chinese American reporter (Arianne is the only weak link in the acting chain) who puts herself on the line for him by digging around in dangerous corners. The intensity level of this film is something straight from the adrenal gland; even in episodic scenes of introspect we feel the hum of the character's emotions, and when the conflict starts again, which it does in fast and furious amounts, the actors are simply in overdrive. Rourke has never been better than he was in the 80's, it was just his zenith of power. This isn't a role that gets a lot of recognition, but along with Angel Heart, Rumble Fish and Pope Of Greenwich Village, I think it's his best. He puts so much of himself into Stanley White that the edges which separate performer from performance begin to blur and waver, until we are locked into his work on a level that goes beyond passive consumption of art and elicits something reflective in us. Not to sound too hippie dippy about it, but the guy is just that good. On the calmer side of the coin, John Lone brings both evil and elegance to Joey, a slick surface charm that's constantly disturbed by Rourke's hostility, leading to an eventual meltdown that's very cool to see in Lone's expert hands. This is one for the ages and should be in the same pantheon with all timers like Heat, Serpico, The French Connection and others. Rourke fires on all cylinders, as do his colleagues of the craft, and Cimino sits cackling at the switchboard with a mad calm, yanking all the right levers in a frenzy of unhinged genius. Not to be missed.

Reviewed by gogoschka-1 8 / 10

Violent Thriller About The Triads

'Year Of The Dragon' is a dark, brutal thriller about the Chinese mafia's turf wars in the United States. This was once celebrated director Michael Cimino's last attempt to create something daring in Hollywood after his previous film 'Heaven's Gate' infamously bankrupted studio United Artists, but while 'Year of the Dragon' might not the be the masterpiece Cimino's multiple Oscar-wining epic 'The Deer Hunter' was, it is still a very good film and remains one of the best cop thrillers of the eighties - plus it features a Mickey Rourke in absolute top form.

And it's an interesting film for some other reasons as well. For one, the script was written by none other than a young Oliver Stone. For another, it was the first time a Hollywood movie addressed the topic of Chinese gang violence in America, and although it seems rather tame now when compared to the reality of Triad wars, at the time, it was accused of being racist towards the Chinese community. The controversy it caused when it opened, plus the fact that it flopped badly, were the final nails in Cimino's career (he only made 3 more films until his death in 2016). But it's a very well crafted, gripping cop thriller that deserves to be re-discovered. 8 stars out of 10.

In case you're interested in more underrated gems, here's a list with some of my favorites:

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Reviewed by Michael A. Martinez 9 / 10

Hypnotic and dark 80's New York cops vs. gangsters movie

Mickey Rourke ignites the screen with his flamboyant portrayal of a vigorous-but-veteran, emotionally scarred, determined, charismatic, bigoted, and intensely arrogant police captain Stanley White. Anchoring him with similar intensity we get John Lone as his ruthless Chinese underworld rising boss antagonist and Raymond J. Barry as his cynical superior. Sure things get a little weighed down with the subplot of White's relationship with his particularly shrewish wife falling apart while he dives head-first into an affair with cold fish reporter Arianne, but YEAR OF THE DRAGON never loses its intensity and unpredictability.

I love the little side touches like how the deeply profane and immoral Rourke brings in two easily offended nuns as translators, plus how one of his superiors taunts and stares at him like an angry playground bully while his closest underlings consist of a sloppy middle-aged loafer and a barely competent academy flunky as his undercover informant. At times the proceedings become fairly humorous, especially given Rourke's very random reactions. Sometimes he comes off as a noble hero and sometimes like a total racist sociopath but a more human, well-rounded character than, say, William Petersen's equivalent character in the very similar film TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA from the same year.

That said, YEAR OF THE DRAGON never loses its seriousness despite a couple out-of-place and over-the-top musical cues. Cimino artfully handles the plentiful action scenes especially one involving Rourke vs. two hoodlums. He also displays a lot of his same penchant for spectacle with the drug-buying scenes in The Golden Triangle, which I'd wager accounted for half the budget as it features a corrupt general leading a very large and heavily armed private army.

I find the film fits comfortably as a tonal bridge between the gritty NYC crime films of the 70's (FRENCH CONNECTION, TAXI DRIVER, etc.) and the glossier 90's (KING OF NEW YORK, GOODFELLAS, etc.). In some ways, the dark, uncompromising atmosphere and misanthropic cruelty remind me more of KIDS or THE CROW. Certainly (and very unfortunately) overlooked, YEAR OF THE DRAGON remains a masterpiece of its time and a window into the equally brilliant and warped mind its writer of Oliver Stone just prior to the start of his directorial career.

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