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514 Ratings

Year of the Dragon

Directed by Michael Cimino
United States, 1985
Crime, Drama


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.

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Year of the Dragon Directed by Michael Cimino

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

1986 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Golden Globes (USA)

1986 | 2 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

As an experiment in excess, Year of the Dragon is eye-popping: A shootout in a Chinese restaurant is obvious inspiration for some of Quentin Tarantino’s later over-the-top choreographies and a Chinese-Japanese-American reporter’s (Tracy Tzu, played by Ariane) apartment in DUMBO is so breathtaking that it’s hard to pay attention to the characters in the foreground.
October 09, 2017
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Cimino’s depiction of city life is turbulent and vital yet hive-like; he brings the same obsessive fascination with detail to his re-creation of New York (which was actually done on a North Carolina backlot). The movie’s swing and energy are dubious, offering a mere gloss of normalcy to the frustrations and injustices, the backroom deals and sub rosa violence of daily life.
July 12, 2016
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Cimino wrote the script with Oliver Stone, and it’s about as hysterical as that pairing would suggest: it’s melodramatically plotted, with weak female characters and a philosophy of righteous violence that shades into borderline fascist-fantasy territory. And yet it’s still compelling because Jimmy’s refusal to listen to what anybody is telling him makes him into an analogue for Cimino, or maybe the idea of Michael Cimino after Heaven’s Gate.
August 17, 2015
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