Year of the Dragon
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Best known for his 1978 film The Deer Hunter or perhaps the less-successful Heaven's Gate, director Michael Cimino turned to this fast-paced actioner set in an authentic (back lot) Chinatown. This thriller stars a rogue Polish-American cop (Mickey Rourke) out to not only keep Chinatown safe for the local consumers, but to dismantle its deep-rooted crime and drug cartels as well. No one backs the crusading cop in the latter objective, and as he faces a suave and wily crime boss (John Lone of The Last Emperor) and a libidinous newscaster (Ariane), he may be taking on more than he can handle.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"Forget it, Jake: It AIN'T 'Chinatown'"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Bullets, blood, and bodies fly, but little rings true."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A hyped-up, by the numbers cop thriller."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Screwy but fascinating."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Year of the Dragon sometimes look like an incoherent combination of many different movies."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
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