This movie could definitely be cut down from over two hours. There were some slow boring spots that could have been part of that cutting out. The action scores were intense compared to today's CGI craziness and they did it without all the CGI cheating. New comer actress Ariane was a special part of this movie where Mickey Rourke was the star shining bright in this one.
Stacie H. from MACON, GA Reviewed on 3/30/2010...
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Great Companion piece to the Corruptor.
Brendan Klein | philadelphia | 01/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For the longest time I didn't know what this film was called. I would catch it late night on cable like twenty times and finally found it on vhs. This movie has it all, a superb script by Oliver Stone and Michael Cimino, great direction by Cimino and without a doubt, Mickey Rourkes greatest performance. He plays a relentless vietnam veteran police captain who is brought in to take down Joey Tai (wonderfully played by John Lone), the new drug czar in Chinatown backed by the Triads (the Chinese Mafia). This film is intelligent (i'm in the process of reading Robert Daley's book from which it was scripted) and features a standout rourke, he actually makes you care for a racist. Amazing work all around. This film should be put out on DVD packaged with "the corruptor""
The Chinatown you won't see from the tour bus
JLind555 | 04/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Year of the Dragon" takes us into a world most of us never knew existed, let alone have seen: the seamy underbelly of New York City's Chinatown, a world unknown to the outsiders who visit the trendy restaurants and tourist traps. It's the story of the Asian heroin trade controlled by the Chinese triads; the young Chinese drug lord who will stop at nothing to take it over, and the police captain who will stop at nothing to destroy him. As Captain Stanley White, Mickey Rourke gives the performance of his career; he doesn't just act Stanley White, he is Stanley White. And Stanley White, as Rourke portrays him, is a straight-up jerk. This guy is about as subtle as a runaway steamroller. He's totally self-centered, treats his wife like part of the furniture, and barges into his Chinese girlfriend's home and takes it over is if he owned it. And John Lone is remarkable as Joey Tai, the young drug lord who cynically arranges for the murder of his own father-in-law and then tells the members of the triad that it's time for a new and younger leadership. The battle lines are drawn; Tai and White are going to upset the uneasy truce that has existed between the Chinatown police precinct and the triads and are going head to head. The results are calamitous. White doesn't care who gets into harm's way in his zeal to do Tai and the triad in, and Tai ignites the wrath of his elders in the triad when he forgets the ancient Chinese philosphy that recommends moderation in everything and goes for broke, bringing down the unwanted attention of the NYPD and the press into the triad's activities. Tai finally goes too far in directly attacking White's family and girlfriend, and all hell breaks loose. We know how the movie is going to end, and it gets there eventually, but not before the blood and gore is splattered all over the screen.The movie goes from Chinatown, to the ethnic enclave of Polish-American Brooklyn, to the opium hills of southeast Asia and back again, and the pace varies from fast to warp-speed. The acting is generally excellent, with some of the best performances being given by the Chinese actors playing the men of the triad and the boys and girls of the gang that carries out and enforces their activities. One of the most shocking scenes in the movie is White's gun battle with two exquisitely beautiful Chinese girls who look like porcelain dolls and act like the most vicious, cold-blooded killers imaginable. The major supporting cast is very good indeed; Caroline Kava has never been one of my favorite actresses but in this movie she is terrific as White's long-suffering and neglected wife, who has been forced to put off motherhood at his demand only to find herself tossed on the dump heap when she is abandoned for a younger and more exotic woman. The movie has been panned as sexist, racist and overly violent, but it's not a pretty film and it doesn't tell a pretty story. It's down and gritty and tells it like it is. More praise to Michael Cimino for keeping it real."
One of my favourites
S. Pearson | Halifax | 09/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm lazy so I won't write much and to hell with the lot of you who give me a "no". I simply want to counter the reviews of the soul-starved who gave it a poor rating. This movie so profoundly displays a good man beaten by the mediocrity of the world but, damn it won't quit his fight. It descends to the usual shoot-'em-up cop drama from time to time but has many very great moments. The scene where he loses his wife, a woman he was having troubles with, but still loved is moving and always affects me. Why in hell is this not on DVD? Would of given it 4 1/2 but couldn't - so 5 it is!"
Great Movie! When will it come out on DVD?
A. Centeno | Boogie Down, NY | 09/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is the best cop show I have ever seen. Aside from its controversy and violence this show was well made. John Lone was at his best as always and Mickey Rourke was the same with attitude. I hope that the director would bring this great show out on DVD in stead of letting it collect dust!!! When it does come out buy it you won't be sorry!!!"