In New York City, a young man searches for the “master” to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the glow. Along the way, he must fight a martial arts expert corrupted with power, and rescue a beautiful singer from an obsessed music promoter.
The TV prints of this entertaining melange whittled down the film’s original self-serving title (Motown king Berry Gordy was the producer), and settled on merely The Last Dragon. Taimak stars as an African American martial-arts whiz, so devoted to his hobby that he dresses and behaves in what he thinks is true Chinese fashion. Taimak falls in love with sexy veejay Vanity. Gangsters intrude on both their lives when crook Julius J. Carry III tries to promote his talentless protegee into rock stardom.
The Last Dragon (sometimes listed as Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon) is a 1985 martial arts fantasy film produced by Rupert Hitzig for Berry Gordy and directed by Michael Schultz. The film was a critical disappointment but a financial success, and is now considered a cult classic. The film stars Taimak, Vanity, Julius J. Carry III, Chris Murney, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Faith Prince. Choreography was done by Lester Wilson and Lawrence Leritz. It was released in theatres by TriStar Pictures on March 22, 1985.
The Last Dragon (1985)
Directed by: Michael Schultz
Starring: Taimak, Vanity, Christopher Murney, Julius Carry, Faith Prince, Leo O’Brien, Mike Starr, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jamal Mason
Screenplay by: Louis Venosta
Production Design by: Peter S. Larkin
Cinematography by: James A. Contner
Film Editing by: Christopher Holmes
Art Direction by: William Barclay
Set Decoration by: Thomas C. Tonery
Costume Design by: Robert De Mora
Music by: Misha Segal
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: March 22, 1985