Parents' Guide to

The Last Dragon

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Unique martial arts musical with some stereotypes.

Movie PG-13 1985 109 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

The Last Dragon is a classic fun film

Great retro 80's film with appealing characters (Vanity, Taimak & Julius Carry ), martial arts and a fun musical score. Great clean fun for all!

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THE LAST DRAGON is hardly a good movie, but it gets points for camp value, and for originality; it's probably the first -- and only -- African-American martial arts musical ever made. On the plus side, lead actors Taimak and Vanity come to the screen with a great deal of presence and likeability. Schultz brings energy and style to both the fight scenes and the musical moments, mostly staying out of their way and avoiding fast cutting and clunky choreography.

The movie bogs down in the subplot with Eddie Arkadian, a twerpy, comical villain that gets far too much screen time. Not to mention that the music -- with the exception of DeBarge's hit "Rhythm of the Night" -- has aged terribly (don't miss the potentially offensive "Suki Yaki Hot Saki Sue"). Overall, though, the movie has good intentions and there's some fun to be had. Look for William H. Macy in a small part.

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