Part of Music City Mondays: Michael Schultz.
All Screenings: Director Michael Schultz provides a special pre-recorded introduction to THE LAST DRAGON
In New York City, a shy Karate champion (Taimak) searches for the “Master” to obtain the final level of martial arts mastery known as the Glow. Along the way, he must fight evil martial arts expert Sho’Nuff (Julius Cary) and rescue a beautiful singer (Vanity) from an obsessed music promoter. He’s a martial arts master who refuses to fight. He’s a Bruce Lee fan who eats popcorn with chopsticks. His friends think he’s too serious. His family thinks he’s crazy. His enemies think he’s no challenge. But she knows he’s The Last Dragon.
Produced by Motown founder Berry Gordon, keep an ear out from hits by DeBarge, Vanity, Stevie Wonder, Rockwell, Smokey Robinson, Syreeta, Willie Hutch and The Temptations.
“It is crammed with kung-fu, singing, rapping, dancing and video art, and no moment goes by without at least three of these things transpiring simultaneously.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times “THE LAST DRAGON is first and foremost a romantic comedy, and a very sweet one at that, and that's why its martial-arts combat scenes work so well. We've been given enough time to care about who's kicking the stuffing out of whom.” —Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune “An intoxicating blend of comedy, kung fu, corny romance, special effects and rock videos, it's as electrically sleepless as the New York it's set against.” —Paul Attanasio, Washington Post