The Last Dragon(1985)
A young man searches for the "master" to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way he must fight an evil martial arts expert and an rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter.
Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon is a 1985 martial arts film, featuring a predominantly black cast, produced by Rupert Hitzig for Berry Gordy and directed by Michael Schultz. A critical disappointment, yet a financial success, upon its original release, The Last Dragon is now considered a cult classic. The film stars Taimak, Vanity, Julius Carry, Christopher Murney, and Faith Prince. The film was released in theatres by TriStar Pictures on March 22, 1985.
The plot, set in New York City, follows a black teenage martial arts student named Leroy Green, who is often referred to as "Bruce Leroy" (although he never actually calls himself that). With dreams of becoming a great martial artist like his idol, Bruce Lee, Leroy goes on a quest to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as "The Glow". As its name suggests, it is a mystical energy that can be tapped into by a martial arts master. When a fighter's hands glow, he is one of the best in the world. When his entire body glows, he is the greatest fighter alive. On his journey to find "The Glow", however, Leroy must confront villains such as a crooked arcade mogul Eddie Arcadian (Murney) and the evil Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, from which he must also protect his younger brother Richie (Leo O'Brien) and his girlfriend, VJ Laura Charles (Vanity).
This was the first acting role for Taimak, a then-20-year-old black belt who learned to act on the set of this picture. Leroy and Richie's younger sister Sophie was portrayed by Cosby Show actress Keshia Knight Pulliam. Ernie Reyes Jr., martial artist and actor, made his film debut at the age of twelve in this film. Leo O'Brien, the actor portraying Bruce Leroy's younger brother Richie, is the younger brother of Guy O'Brien, better known as "Master Gee" from the hip-hop group The Sugarhill Gang. Veteran actor William H. Macy makes a brief appearance as "JJ".
Featured in this film is a DeBarge song, "Rhythm of the Night", written by Diane Warren. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard R&B charts. The film's Richard Perry-produced title theme was nominated for Worst "Original" Song at the 1985 Golden Raspberry Awards, as was Vanity's song "7th Heaven". However, the $10 million production grossed $33 million in the United States, resulting in a profit.
The Dojo and workout scenes were filmed at the Harlem Karate Institute of Grandmaster Ernest Hyman, Japanese Goju-Ryu, in Harlem, New York City.
This TV spot was originally posted to YouTube by seanmc31076.
Originally posted to YouTube by Burninschit, this is a vintage TV spot for the movie.