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Year of the Dragon


A Vietnam vet turned New York City cop vows to bring down a Chinatown crime lord.

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- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Christopher Null,, Monday, May 14, 2007

Fresh: A stunning, hard-edged crime thriller from Michael Cimino with a mesmerizing lead performance by Mickey Rourke. An incredibly gutsy effort that's my favorite film of 1985.

- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Many people claim that The Deer Hunter is Michael Cimino's only good movie. However, this is just as good if not better. Probably one of the greatest crime epics to ever be made, this really has it all. Mickey Rourke shows his muscle and stubbornness, his manliness is almost off the scale. It takes the concept of a one man war on crime and really puts it to a realistic test. You can't win anything without losing some too. The action in this movie is flawless, violent yet somehow incredibly tasteful. It's almost like a French Connection type of cop mentality thrown into Chinatown.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, November 30, 2010

3 stars

Now here's a classic example of a picture that could have been so much better! And upon reading the credits one would really think they have a winner. Why wouldn't anyone expect a great film, with a screenplay co-written by Oliver Stone, directing done by Michael Cimino of "The Deer Hunter" fame and Mickey Rourke in the lead role of a tough cop! But unfortunately what we end up getting is a run-of-the-mill cops and gangsters story, which, although begins on a promising note for most of the first half hour, finds itself going on a downward spiral of the sameness that were the 80s! Mickey Rourke stars as Stanley White, a police captain assigned to New York's Chinatown where the Chinese mafia is running amuck with their organized crime and broad daylight shootouts in public places. Joey Tai (John Lone) is at the center of this gangster empire, as a ruthlessly ambitious young gangster who quickly rises up to become the head of the Chinese triads; a character that reminds one of Tony Montana. So throughout the film, Rourke is constantly on the hunt trying to get his hands on these gang of crooks through some or the other means. When he is not very busy doing that, he manages to take some time off and make some romantic advances towards Tracy Tzu (Ariane Koizumi) who plays a television reporter but does a really bad job of acting while she is at it. White's pursuit of Joey Tai soon takes the shape of a violent bloodbath and continues until the ultimate showdown between the two tough-as-nails men on either side of the law. "Year of the Dragon" is a film that suffers from some shoddy film-making with "80s" written all over it. There is some over-the-top violence, some ridiculously implausible scenes, terrible acting from the female lead, Ariane Koizumi and a few more negatives. That said, this film does have some very good movie moments and some very engaging scenes, but then a few good scenes aren't enough to make a great film as a whole. What this film draws most of its points then, is from a stellar, mesmerizing performance by Mickey Rourke. Rourke, as a bad-ass cop shines bright and flies much higher and saves "Year of the Dragon" from being entirely unwatchable. Watch it for Rourke, if nothing else. Here's one actor who was perhaps born in the wrong era and deserved much better in his screwed up career.

- gokhale1, Monday, November 8, 2010

3 stars

Not quite bad thriller of an obsessed cop takes on the Chinese mafia, determined to reassert America's supremacy at home, having failed in the East. John Lone should become a major movie star. Mickey Rourke gives a good performance. Director Michael Cimino has talent to burn... his work is smashing.

- deano, Sunday, February 10, 2008