Revenge of the Green Dragons

Synopsis: REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons". The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Production: A24 and DIRECTV
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min


Across oceans,

through endless days and weeks.

As a 10-year-old, it's an adventure.

But a child's eyes,

they haven't learned to

recognize fear, or sacrifice

or the pain that comes

from losing everything.

This is a story about coming to America.

Only, it's not that story, the one where

everyone lives happily ever after.

No, this isn't that story.

...on the air-bridged harbor

that twin cities frame.

Through this golden door,

under the gaze of that mother of exiles,

has come millions of men and women

who first set foot on American soil

right there on Ellis Island,

so close to the Statue of Liberty.

In 1980 President Carter signed into

law the Immigration Reform Act,

granting immigration status to any

individual able to show well-founded fear

of persecution in their homeland...

Border Patrol officials speculate the number

of illegal aliens entering this country

rose from 30,000 a year

to almost 190,000.

I'd like to see something done

about the illegal alien problem

that would be so sensitive and so

understanding about labor needs

and human needs that that

problem wouldn't come up.

This is an interesting day, August 19th,

because today we will have 500,000

or half a million applications

for legalization or amnesty.

It is true our borders

are out of control.

It is also true that this has

been a situation on our borders

back through a number

of administrations.

Hot dog.

The irony is, this country

was built by foreigners.

And yet, if you ask Americans today,

more than half of them

are anti-immigration.

These families came here to work,

they came to grow.

Others came to America in different

and often harrowing conditions.

But this place symbolizes what

they all managed to build,

no matter where they came from.

They didn't ask what this

country could do for them,

but what they could do to make this,

this refuge, the greatest

home of freedom in history.

When you come to a new country,

who you were before,

none of it mattered.

You had to play by new rules.

And in Flushing, it was the Green

Dragons who made all the rules.

They were always on the

hunt for new recruits.

School day.

Don't need books to scrub a pot!

This is no fucking Cordon Bleu, okay?

White devils only know

fortune cookie, okay?

Two spoons MSG! Two spoons!

Yeah, yeah.

With Chinatown bursting at the seams,

Flushing became a landfill

for the hundreds of Chinese

arriving every month.

Most of us lived near

the Orient Express,

the 7 train.

To the Greeks and Jews who lived there,

it seemed like overnight their

quiet little neighborhood

became littered with

Chinese restaurants,

and of course, mahjong parlors.

Hi, Uncle Charlie.

Darwin noticed that the beaks of

the finches were shaped differently

depending on the type of food

found in their environment.

So, upon his return from the Galapagos,

Darwin realized that the

survival of the species...

We only got half an hour.

I can't hold it!

Yes, Mr. Wong?

Yo, man!

Tell you what, you stop bleeding,

we'll stop.

You having fun?

Come on, man!

Another one! Get the f*ck out of here.

- I gotta shit.

- My boy has to shit!

So? Shit!

No. No! You wanna shit?

Hey, how about right here?

You want some shit?

Pop a squat right here.

No, stop! Stop!

Come on, right here.

You wanted to take a shit, right?

Here, let me help you out.

There you go. There you go.

Don't forget chapter 11 for tomorrow.

Class dismissed.

Oh, shit!

Where is he?

- I don't know.

- Liar! Go find him! Go, go, go!

Hey, I'm looking for a kid. Steven Wong.

You seen him around?

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Fredric Dannen

Fredric Dannen is an American journalist and author. He is best known for his landmark book Hit Men: Powerbrokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business (1990), which investigated the behind-the-scenes dealings of the major American record labels in the 1970s and 1980s, focussing on the careers of leading CBS Records executives Walter Yetnikoff and Dick Asher. Hit Men came in second on Billboard_(magazine) list of "100 Greatest Music Books of All Time"More recently, Dannen was the co-author (with Barry Long) of Hong Kong Babylon: An Insider's Guide to the Hollywood of the East, in which Dannen examines the connections between the Hong Kong film industry and Asian organised crime.Dannen was a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and in 1986 he was co-recipient of the Overseas Press Club's, Morton Frank Award for business reporting from abroad. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Channels, Barron's and Rolling Stone. The Martin Scorsese-produced movie Revenge of the Green Dragons was based on Frederick Dannen’s New Yorker article chronicling Asian-American gang life in Queens, New York. more…

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