051 – TFFP: The Last Dragon (1985)

EP51-The Last Dragon banner courtesy Kevin Spencer at inkspatters.comIn this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we’ll see if we possess the “power of the glow,” because we’re talking about 1985’s The Last Dragon! Sho’Nuff!

Directed by: Lt. Willie L. Franklin

Screenplay by: Louis Venosta

Starring: Taimak, Julius Carry, and Vanity

Synopsis (courtesy of Wikipedia): Set in New York City, the plot follows a teenage martial arts student named Leroy Green (often referred to as “Bruce Leroy”, although he never 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 Final Level”. Martial artists who reach this “Final Level” are said to possess “The Glow”, a mystical energy that can only be attained by a true martial arts master.

When a fighter’s hands glow, he is one of the best in the world and when his entire body glows, he is the greatest fighter alive. On his journey to becoming the “Last Dragon” and wielding the power of “The Glow,” Leroy must confront villains such as a crooked arcade mogul Eddie Arkadian (Murney) and the evil Sho’nuff, the Shogun ofHarlem, from whom he must also protect his younger brother Richie (Leo O’Brien) and his love interest, TV music video host Laura Charles (Vanity).

This week’s Movie Picks are:

Jason’s Pick:

Carbon Copy (1981)

Joel’s Pick:

A Bronx Tale (1993)

Join us next week when our feature presentation is Zone Troopers (1985) starring Tim Thomerson!

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About Joel Robertson

I'm the father of three boys and married to my high school sweetheart. I'm a former public school teacher (and still recovering from PTSD), reformed filmmaker, podcaster, writer, and fan of all things movie related.

6 comments to 051 – TFFP: The Last Dragon (1985)

  • Twauna

    The podcast was really good guys. I loved hearing you cover The Last Dragon which is one of my faves so thank you. I agree that the Vanity “7th Heaven” performance was very, very strange and scary. Her singing “Neva say neva…” was the only thing that kept me from going to see that Justin Beiber movie (um, that’s not true in case you were wondering.)

    I also love that Debarge song. My eyes are always drawn to that one dancer wearing the Micheal Jackson glove in the video because he looks right into the camera the whole time that he is dancing.

    I always thought that Vanity and Taimak would make a great couple and make beautiful babies, but then the world would explode and that would be bad. Sho’ Nuff!

    The only bone I need to pick is with Joel and what he said about the lovely and talented Faith Prince. Come on, those songs were bad but they are really really catchy. When I was a kid I was excited to see her in the movie because I was a pretty big Encyclopedia fan for some odd reason back then.

    I love the new look of the site. Keep up the great work!

  • S. Jones

    I just found out about this site and I’m a HUGE fan of The Last Dragon. Do you know if the rumors are true that RZA of Wu-Tang is going to do a remake? I live in China now and it’s hard to keep up with things like that.

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