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Revenge of the Green Dragons
In the vein of crime classics like MEAN STREETS and INFERNAL AFFAIRS, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons". The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is. From acclaimed Director Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary Executive… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5%

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"This crudely made thriller plays like a stilted Cantonese riff on organized-crime cliches, substituting blood and brutality for novelty or insight."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"[A] generic, nondescript gangster saga."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"It doesn't bring anything new to the table. And its pacing, grim tone, and cheesy guitar riffs belong squarely in the '80s."
‑ Matt Fowler, IGN Movies
"Vicious '80s gangs fight in graphically violent drama."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, Common Sense Media
"What made Martin Scorsese attach his name to this rubbish?"
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, honeycuttshollywood.com
"This crime drama wants to be a Chinese-American "Goodfellas," but it ends up just looking bad."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"Green Dragons wants to be spaghetti with marinara, but it's closer to egg noodles and ketchup."
‑ Michael Nordine, Village Voice
"Violent, generic, not awful, but nothing more than that."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"An ugly, dispiriting mess, full of clichés, bad taste and bombast."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"An undercooked crime-drama that feels like a pale imitation of the movies that clearly inspired it."
‑ Kristy Puchko, CinemaBlend.com
"What initially feels like brash energy peters out until what's left mainly evokes pretty ordinary gangster movies."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"The bullets and knives fly thick and fast in a way bound to push the buttons of fans of mindless violence, but there's something missing here that keep these gangsters from blasting their way into great tradition of anti-heroes."
‑ Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"There's a good story somewhere in "Revenge of the Green Dragons," but it's not the one Lau and his colleagues chose to retell."
‑ Simon Abrams, RogerEbert.com
"Loo and Lau have borrowed so liberally from sources like GoodFellas [that] they're essentially dressing it in one-size-fits-all gangster-movie clothes."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Revenge Of The Green Dragons sorely misses a "true story" backbone that's removed in favor of flashy, synthetic action. And even those moments foolishly go up in smoke."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
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