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

Come on, back up.

move back a little bit.

Let the funeral through. Stay back.

Get Laura. That's the daughter.

Get a close-up. Go to her.

Come on. Excuse me.

Hey. Don't touch the camera.

miss, please don't cause any problems.

We're not causing any problems.

John, let's get mcKenna.

Captain mcKenna?

Any leads in Jackie Wong's murder?

- Nothing at this time.

Do you think this means

there's a war in Chinatown?

No, I don't.

It's a situation where the youth gangs

are lashing out at the establishment.

The community's cooperating.

The situation's under control.

Hey, kid. What's going on?

- We gotta talk, Lenny. Privately.

Sure. Some funeral, huh?

So, what's new, kid?

Listen, no news this week.

But I got some uptown you should try.

Give you a taste, for nothing.

You greaseballs don't listen.

- What?

You want to play games with me?

I thought it was loud and clear,

this is our street now.

You wanna stay on this street,

pay us.

Come on, Ronnie, me?

You wanna extort money from me?

You know who you're talking to?

You know who my cousins are?

I know what I need to know.

You listen to me.

F*** your cousins. No one rides

free anymore. You owe me money.

It's 300 a week to operate here.

Four weeks, that's 1 200 bucks you owe.

You come across Canal Street,

throwing your weight around?

Little Chink. You'll end up

with a wire around your neck.

Now get out of here before

I kick your ass. Hey, kid.

The rumor is that Jackie Wong was more

than the unofficial mayor of Chinatown.

That he was also the head of a secret triad.

Jackie Wong, no question, will be missed.

He was loved.

He made money for his people.

But the head of a secret triad?

There's no triads in New York.

I'm sure you've heard old rumors

that Wong's successor, Harry Yung...

...was a corrupt Hong Kong policeman

who came here with $1 5 million.

Fifteen million dollars?

That's a good one.

Somebody should tell Harry Yung that.

I have no further comments.

- You have that?


- okay.

You're a hell of a reporter, honey.

You're talking to a guy with a bag

on his head and cotton in his ears.

Stick around, you might learn something.

Who are you?

Just ask for Stanley White.

- Which Stanley White?

There's only one Stanley White.

Hello, Will, how's the view up there?

- You can see a long way.

Still believe in keeping

a high police profile, huh?

If you wore your uniform, you'd know...

...that police visibility is

the strongest deterrent to crime.

It doesn't look like you're

deterring much around here.

Aren't you in the wrong precinct?

- No. They gave me a new command.

oh, yeah? What'd they give you?

- Chinatown.

That's right,

they just cut off your oats.

Why? Because of this?

How was I supposed to prevent this?

How am I supposed to prevent anything

around here?

Come on, I'll buy you a cup of coffee.

- Now what the hell?

Like I told you before,

man, no pictures.


Go to her. Right there. Get Laura

Wong. Get the close-up, come on.

That's the daughter.

l'm not gonna tell you--

- Don't touch the camera.

Get rid of the camera.

Lose the camera.

This camera is none of your business.

Go away.

Hey, that's enough. Hey. What'd l

tell you before? Get on out of here.

Come on, move aside. move aside.

- He's over there in the back.

Tell me when, okay?

Tell me when.


And so with the passing

of Dai Jackie Wong...

...a piece of Chinatown history

passes with him.

This is Tracy Tzu. WKXT News.

mott Street, Chinatown.

What are you a**holes

doing around here?

Just hanging out.

Yo, man. What the f*** are you doing?

Get off, you f***ing bastard. Get off.

You can't come down here.

Get the f*** off me.

It's no raid. Keep on playing.

No problem.

I'm looking for Uncle Harry.

Not here, white devil, get out.

Where's Harry?

- Not here. maybe bank.

Hey, he's going to be back soon.

You tell Harry, l'm coming over.

Get out.

Let's play.

You let the white devil into our place?

What the--?

What's going on with you?

I'm looking for Uncle Harry.

Where's Harry Yung?

Where are you going?

- Harry in there?

Where are you going?

Thought we should all have a little

talk since we're both new at our jobs.

Why did you go

to the gambling place, huh?

We had the same arrangement over

a long period of time.

No policeman ever go to gambling club.

Foolish man. Rude. I'm going

to have to tell your superiors.

Well, it won't be the first time,

Uncle Harry.

I'm glad you guys are here.

Saves me some lung power.

This is it. I'll give it to you fast.

There's a new marshal in town.

me. New marshal means new rules.

New rules means no more street

violence. You collar the gangs.

I don't wanna see their f***ing faces

unless they're serving me in a restaurant.

I don't care what you do.

Get them jobs catching cockroaches.

Get them off the streets.

- Nobody can control the gangs.

Everybody knows that.

Too big a problem.

Captain, Chinatown behind you

all the way.

In favor of what you do.

You take gang kid in the alley.

You put bag over their head.

You beat them with club.

Chinatown behind you 1 00 percent.

- one hundred percent.

Good, because l'm gonna need your help.

I'm gonna put a stop to all this

bribe-paying and extortion to gangs.

I want the help of all 60 families...

...and merchant associations.

I want you people--

Wait a minute, captain. This is

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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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