The Last Dragon (1985)
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I can't quite decide where to put The Last Dragon. Is it terrible 80s dreck or camp genius? I'll stick to the middle, I guess. Somewhere between loving tribute to Bruce Lee films (the hero's wardrobe comes out of Lee's filmography), sanitized spoof of both blaxploitation and kung fu movies, earnest action adventure, and video-filled episode of Solid Gold. That is as weird an intersection as it sounds. The fashions and music (overwhelmingly dated and awful, DeBarge's Rhythm of the Night is the only survivor) make it feel like a parody of the 80s, but no, it's a snapshot of its own era's excesses, having been made in 1985. Based on the over and under acting of the principals, I would say this was made to play on Saturday afternoon television for younger teens, were it not for some ill-fitting language (very little, it's like it forgets its tone from time to time). But just when you're a little bored with ANOTHER music video played in real time, in comes outrageous characters like the Shogun of Harlem, and maybe everything is all right. Couple of fun fights near the end, and it's being pretty harmless overall makes it a silly and even likeable oddity.
Amazing, my favorite example of "so bad so good"
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