Year of the Dragon 1985 ***

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Michael Cimino recovered from the poetic excess of Heaven’s Gate to essay this terse, controversial police drama, which deals with racism by having the hero, Stanley White (Mickey Rourke) as a confirm racist. With Oliver Stone as co-writer, Cimino portrays White as carrying baggage from his Vietnam experiences into his work as a New York Cope, tackling John Lone’s Mafia leader Joey Tai is a series of bloody confrontations. The domestic scenes between White and his wife Connie (Caroline Kava) are equally powerful, and Year of The Dragon is a potent and troubling character study as well as an efficient, no-holds-barred policier.

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