Using unprecedented degrees of violence, young Joey Tai becomes the head of Chinese mafia in New York and undisputed leader of the Chinese community. Stanley White, the most decorated cop in New York, who hates Asian people since his service in Vietnam, is put in charge of Chinatown. Both men are prone to breaking long-established rules and both men are unlikely to make compromises with each other, which leads to unavoidable and bloody conflict. —IMDb
Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts from Yale; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director, Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer Hunter (1978) which won the Oscar for the Best Film. For another successful film he got in trouble: The Sicilian (1987) – critics accused him of portraying as a hero, with his biography, the Italian criminal Salvatore Giuliano. —IMDb
★★★★ clueless excess, senseless machismo, ruthless moviemaking. I really miss the boldness of the 80's crime movies — and this one must have a director's cut.
YotD captures the menace of tenuous, violent lives caught in the maelstrom of urban, immigrant life, much like "Heaven's Gate". One feels that Oliver Stone's co-writing credit explains much of why this works in ways that the subsequent films (and, much as I love it, parts of "Heaven's Gate") do not. But YotD is part of a laudable tradition with "Heaven's Gate" that both criticises and praises the American experience.