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October 24, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

Revenge of the Green Dragons

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/24/14
performer
Justin Chon, Ray Liotta, Harry Shum Jr.
director
Andrew Lau
genre
Action Adventure
We gave it a B-

It’s easy to see why Martin Scorsese would executive-produce this brutal Chinatown gang thriller: It’s basically an Asian-American mash-up of Mean Streets and GoodFellas. Set in the 1980s, when rival Chinese outfits turned Queens into the Wild West, Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s film is loaded with mah-jongg-parlor atmosphere, amoral violence, and themes of loyalty and betrayal. Unfortunately, the acting’s hit-and-miss, the dialogue’s stilted, and it all feels a bit too indebted to the films of you-know-who. B-

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