Revenge of the Green Dragons

Revenge of the Green Dragons

DVD - 2015
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Set in 1980s New York City based on real events. Two immigrant brothers join the Green Dragons gang. They quickly rise up the ranks and become notorious in the community, drawing the attention of the NYPD's Detective Bloom. But when an ill-fated love affair pits one of the brothers against the gang's leader, he sets out for revenge on the group.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified], , [2015]
Branch Call Number: REVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2017

Opening dialogue:
Traveling... 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.
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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.

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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2017

Tiananmen square tank man scene on TV:
What would it take for you to put it all on the line? To stand down a tank. Either the tank lives or I do. There's no way both of us walk away, not from that. Two immovable forces, neither side willing to back down. In every crisis there's opportunity.
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There are four simple rules to a clean kill. One, use dump gun. Two, never shoot whites. 'Cause cops, then they gonna give a shit. Three, leave no witnesses. And four, always shoot guy in head. Like taking candy from a baby.
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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.

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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2017

Look, a dishwasher here works like a slave. But he has hope. He can dream of something better. A fisherman in China, he'll never be anything but a fisherman in China.
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It's a risk, bringing people to America. It takes 20 men to get one of you here. Still, only three in five make it alive.
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Authorities say a Venezuelan trawler ran aground tonight in the Long Island Sound in an apparent attempt to smuggle dozens of Chinese men, women and children into the country. Once the ship was marooned on the sandbar, many were left to swim for their lives.
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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.

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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2017

... we're the FBI. We don't investigate tourists who overstay their visas.
-You assume whoever comes here is a saint. Remember the Irish? They put every convicted criminal they had on a boat to Ellis Island. There's guys in Flushing right now, illegal aliens, and they're building empires. And just like the Jews and the Irish or the Italians before them, you and everybody else doesn't think that there's an immigration problem. And there is, and it's about to become a crime problem.
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On the streets, you learn to protect what's yours. There were always the back and forths, the eye for an eye.

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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2017

Everyone has responsibility. Captain leads, sailor sails.
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A famous Frenchman, he said, "Behind every fortune there's a crime." Now that, I don't know, but one thing I have learned. The FBI, men like you, takes a lot of money to catch someone. Me? I'm just a small potato.
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Cop: We're off the case.
Chinese detective: What?
Cop: I got a call on the way over here.
Chinese detective: Why? Are you serious?
Cop: That white guy right there, he's gonna be on the front page tomorrow.
(Senior detective to the Chinese detective:) Hey, Fu Manchu, take a hike.
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What difference does it make? A few thousand to him, that's like a tax or some shxt.
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You speak Chinese?
-Cantonese. Chinese isn't a language, it's a family of languages. Some speak Mandarin, Shanghainese, Fookinese. Then there's the non-Chinese languages. Vietnamese, Korean...

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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2017

Paul gor (gor: 哥, older brother). You know what bo ying (報應. natural retribution) is?
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Why do you bring us here?
-Maybe you're young, so you don't understand. We all come here willing to
be servants for our children.
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When I was six, my father took me far into the forest and left me there. Without food, without water. First two days, I cry and I cry. Then, I started to understand the beauty of forest. How big it was. How small I was. Soon I come to road, truck take me home. Neither father or mother say anything to me. Not a word. I loved them even more after that, because they show me how strong I can be.

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Dec 02, 2017

A Chinese true crime drama (Revenge of the Green Dragons - 青龍復仇,) that received wide media attention with Martin Scorsese as executive producer and directed by Hong Kong film makers who created Infernal Affairs 2002/2003 that inspired The Departed 2006. While the non-stop brutality and gore was hard to watch, puzzled by the critics who panned it universally as copy cat, stereotype, cliche filled, convoluted story, bad love story... After all, the film was telling the true story on snake-head Sister Ping and the Green Dragon gang activities in the 1980s; as pointed out by the director in Harvard's student paper "Crimson" (links to Crimson and Roger-Ebert articles in "Summary"):

Faithfulness to the news story was one of the directors’ primary goals. “We made a commitment to the original writer, as well as to ourselves, to be as truthful to what actually happened and to the environment in which the Green Dragons existed [as possible],” said Loo. This faithfulness is what motivated them to shoot in New York in spite of the relatively large expense, rather than seeking a cheaper filming locale like Toronto or Chicago. “For us, this wasn’t just an American story or an Asian story—this was a New York story,” Loo said. In spite of the specificity of the plot, the directors still feel that it is a story with broad appeal. “This was a much more universal story,” Loo said. “Finding a better path to walk—it’s something that’s not specific to race or gender or nationality.”

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jackandbean
Jan 22, 2016

gritty crime film. One of the best I've seen in awhile. I would recommend this one

7duffy Oct 05, 2015

Decent film, based upon true events involving human trafficking and drug smuggling. Ray Liotta, as an FBI agent, has a supporting role. Twist ending raised the move up a notch for me.

JEJUENG Aug 18, 2015

Good movie but really over the top violence ,two directors made this movie, i didn't know who was who at the end of the movie, less is more.

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jimg2000
Dec 02, 2017

Crimson article:
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2014/10/31/revenge-green-dragons-review/

Roger-Ebert review:
http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/revenge-of-the-green-dragons-2014

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