Watch: Year of the Dragon 1985 123movies, Full Movie Online – Chinatown, New York City. There has long been an unofficial agreement that the NYPD will leave the traditionally run Chinese triad alone to manage the crime issue in the neighborhood, the triad who is the face of organized crime of Chinatown. The triad also has an unofficial agreement with the Italian mafia, still seen as the major player in organized crime in the city, to be cooperative in a win-win situation in their illegal activities. However, the Chinese youth gangs are disregarding these unofficial agreements, being another violent player in the crime scene in Chinatown, they who take a stand by killing Jackie Wong, the head of the triad. To deal with the matter, the NYPD reassign Captain Stanley White from Brooklyn to Chinatown. Stanley, of Polish heritage, is not averse to slinging slurs toward his adversaries, most of those of a racial nature. This reassignment will not help the already deteriorating marriage he has to his long suffering wife, Connie. While Stanley is supposed to target his efforts against the youth gangs, he instead decides to target his efforts against Joey Tai, Jackie’s son-in-law who has taken over the triad. Stanley’s actions do not sit well with his superiors who want to honor their long held tradition of leaving the triad alone. Although Joey convinced the triad elders that they needed a more vigorous leadership which he could accomplish, Joey, in reality, may have more to do with the increased violence in Chinatown than they realize, including Jackie’s murder. In achieving his goal, Stanley co-opts the assistance of Herbert Kwong, a neophyte NYPD officer to go undercover to infiltrate Joey’s organization, a job for which his training may make him ill-prepared. Also to further his goals, Stanley begins a love-hate relationship with Tracy Tzu, an American born ethnic Chinese reporter who works the Chinatown beat for an English language network. As Joey goes about his business and Stanley tries to bring him down, the battle between the two becomes personal, which places those around them in danger. The question becomes whether each will survive the battle, not only against each other but by their respective organizations who may not see what they’re doing as maintaining what was the on the surface peace that existed in Chinatown before the current problems..
Plot: In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai, an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorized investigation, White grows increasingly willing to violate police protocol, resorting to progressively violent measures — even as his concerned wife, Connie, and his superiors beg him to consider the consequences of his actions.
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Mickey Roarke Comes to Life Here
Deep in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown lives a ruthless group of evil masterminds who’s legacy’s been dated thousands of years. There motives are focused on greed, corruption and power. The kingpin behind this organization is a hardened criminal named Joey Tai (John Lone) as its his mission to wage war on the fortified interests in both the Asian and Italian communities in the profitable drug trade. The streets are drenched in blood. That is until dedicated Police Detective Stanley White (Mickey Rourke) steps in and takes over Chinatown. Joining forces along with a news journalist by his side, white engages in a confrontation against the mayhem on this turf. The fight that’s coming at both enemies is quite inevitable. It’s all in the matter of who will survive.
When I see Mickey Rourke perform in this movie, it gives me a lighter feeling in my head. He is a walking demonstration of method acting if you ever would find the definition of it. His acting, his clothing and his physical appearance truly is what I expected from in the character of Stanley White (based on the best selling novel by Robert Daley). Rourke was custom made to play the role of Stanley white. I just could not see any other performer capable of pulling off this very complex character. John Lone was also impressive as the evil kingpin Joey Tai as he proves to be a fierce competitor for Det. White. Lone, who is one of the most talented performers in the Asian goes beyond the parameters of just being a one-dimensional sneering villain. There are plenty of diabolical incidents he accomplishes in this movie that will even make the audience cheer for him. He can even make Chow Yun-Fat green with envy. After a five year sabbatical from the disaster “Heaven’s Gate”, director Michael Cimino did indeed make a winner here. This is one film that deserves the purchase and should never be left on the shelves unwatched. If you are a fan of underworld Hong Kong films, look no further. You may even be impressed by the soundtrack. It adds flavour to every scene, very similar to “The Deer Hunter”.
Granted people totally dismiss me when tell them that Mickey Rourke is in this movie. Sure back in the 1990’s Rourke has been in trouble with the law and walked off sets for unjustifiable reasons, and has lacked in bravado over the years. But back in the 1980’s he rocked. Today with the exception of “The Wrestler”, he has been lowered to making direct-to-DVD films and his once handsome face looks like it has been molded like soft clay (thanks to some botched up plastic surgery). But don’t let his downward spiral get the best out of everyone, you must see Rourke in his glory days when he was a hungry young thespian who wanted a little action.
If I was to pick any sore thumbs about this movie, for me it was the performance from Ariane, a model trying to release her acting chops as love interest to the married Stanley white, Tracy Tzu. She can’t seem to act her way out of a paper bag. Many times it feels as though she’s just memorizing and reading off lines off script. she really is that unconvincing. She does have her moments, but it’s very few and far between.
For all those people who hated the way we dressed in the 1980’s, well too bad. The Triad dresses exactly like the way punks used to dress like back in the Dark Ages; complete with baggy pants, Members Only Jackets, spikes and exotic coloured hair spray. I mean what do expect. It was released in 1985, duh. What more do you want?
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 14 min (134 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Michael Cimino
Writer Robert Daley, Oliver Stone, Michael Cimino
Actors Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 10 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.35 : 1
Camera J-D-C Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Metrocolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,683 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji)
Cinematographic Process J-D-C Scope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 70 mm (blow-up), 35 mm