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Revenge of the Green Dragons

HD   R Closed Captioning

Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo

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About the Movie

In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge of the Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny and Steven 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. From acclaimed director Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary executive producer Martin Scorsese comes a brilliant mix between a Hong Kong action film and a New York City crime thriller, portraying the never-before-told true story of The Green Dragons.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 2
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 3.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: What initially feels like brash energy peters out until what's left mainly evokes pretty ordinary gangster movies. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Oct 23, 2014

Rotten: This crudely made thriller plays like a stilted Cantonese riff on organized-crime cliches, substituting blood and brutality for novelty or insight. – Justin Chang, Variety, Oct 28, 2014

Rotten: The bullets and knives fly thick and fast in a way bound to push the buttons of fans of mindless violence, but there's something missing here that keep these gangsters from blasting their way into great tradition of anti-heroes. – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter, Sep 11, 2014

Rotten: Green Dragons wants to be spaghetti with marinara, but it's closer to egg noodles and ketchup. – Michael Nordine, Village Voice, Oct 21, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Intriguing but not for everyone

This film really makes one think about how tough life is for some immigrants when they come to America seeking the dream. Revenge of the Green Dragons explores what happens when that dream is broken. This film is not for everyone though because it is quite violent. What is interesting though is that the characters and story were based on true people and events in the 1980s. Thus the plot twists and turns make it that much more enjoyable.


This is a world that not many people are going to understand. I grew up in Queens and i love this movie because its a pretty accurate description of how things were. I enjoyed it its a fun watch especially if you grew up in that time and place.

Revenge of the Green Dragons.

This is a scary movie for certain people to watch. It has the hero spirit, the priest aka FBI.
But the cunning of the Asian mind set in this movie is scary to the old money and their laws.

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