Year of the Dragon (1985) – Movie Review

July 16, 2015 3:52 am by
Year of the Dragon movie poster


A police detective cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown after the murders of Triad and Mafia leaders.


  • Mickey Rourke - Stanley White
  • John Lone - Joey Tai
  • Ariane - Tracy Tzu
  • Leonard Termo - Angelo Rizzo


  • Michael Cimino


134 min run time is around 40 minutes too long. Rourke is the best thing in it and it really suffers from poor acting from Ariane who is nowhere near accomplished enough as an actress to pull of the role she has. Because of this her scenes with Rourke are cringeworthy, this really hurts the movie as these scenes are/should be the movies emotional core. They just don’t work and the audience is left not caring for her or Rourke. It’s also dated pretty badly and the plot devices used are tired. Unlike Cimino’s Deer Hunter Year of the Dragon is easily forgettable.

One thing I will remember is the car exploding when colliding with a wall. Sensational. Vintage 80’s.

2.0 Stars (2.0 / 5)

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