Year of the Dragon

Synopsis: 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
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Michael Cimino
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
134 min

very difficult. Very, very difficult.

There's a long history.

For thousands of years,

Chinese do not go to the police.

If they go to the police,

they'll get in trouble.

So I'll tell you straight.

Nobody will come to see you.

You tell him what we mean.

No disrespect is intended

to the police by our remarks.

But if the citizens of Chinatown regard

what you call extortion and bribery... part of the cost of business, and have

felt that way for thousands of years...

...why should you be so concerned?

What about the ones

that don't wanna pay?

You tell him.

When I first came to New York,

I worked as a waiter in a restaurant.

Something terrible happened

because my boss did not want to pay.

I signed a complaint against

a gang leader who was arrested.

Next day, he was out on the streets again.

Now, six months go by before his trial...

...and the police chief was transferred

to the Bronx.

This was, what, six or seven

chiefs before mcKenna?


And the new chief dropped the charges.

Three months later I

got stabbed right here.

Show him. See?

You must understand, captain. To us,

your Good Samaritan was a fool... risk the security of his family

to help a stranger.

You're too impressed with yourself.

F*ck you.

What did you say?

- I said, f*ck you.

I'm tired of all this

'Chinese this, Chinese that.'

You people, you think gambling,

extortion, corruption are kosher?

Because it's 1 000 years old?

Well, all this 1 000-year-old stuff,

it's a lot of shit to me.

This is America you're living in,

and it's 200 years old.

So you better get your clocks fixed.

You're not special,

and you're not beyond the law...

...any more than the Puerto Ricans

or the Polacks.

So we're all gonna obey the law

the way it says.

So start doing something about it,

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Oliver Stone

William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had participated as an infantry soldier. Many of Stone's films primarily focus on controversial American political issues during the late 20th century, and as such that they were considered contentious at the times of their releases. more…

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