Title: Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon (PG-13)
Directed by: Michael Schultz
Written by: Louis Venosta
Starring: Taimak as ‘Bruce’ Leroy Green
Vanity as Laura Charles
Christopher Murney as Eddie Arkadian
Julius Carryas Sho’nuff
Tagline: He’s a martial arts master… oh, hell. Just read it on the poster above. It’s too long to write it again.
By El Ron
Pre-screening memories: I was never the most threatening kid in school. I was no pushover, mind you, but I was never one to pack on the pounds. It did not help that I was never really motivated to put effort into developing a physique that would instill fear.
I was always looking for shortcut.
I enlisted at the local karate studio, but the “master” always seemed a tad too overzealous for my casual approach to martial arts. Lucky for me, tutelage came in a much more entertaining package: enter, The Dragon. The Last Dragon, or, more specifically, Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.
All I had to do was follow Taimak’s moves and I could attain my own “Glow,” right?
I quickly learned that more went into the martial arts than just watching Bruce Leroy and Sho N’uff battle on a loop in my VCR. But what I did glean from my multiple viewings was a fleeting love of DeBarge, a poor sense of fashion and a love for all the action contained within.
New memories: I had no idea of just how funny this film was. A lot of the broad comedy connected back then,but until I learned more about film, I had no idea on just how many levels this film worked for me. It was great to be able to share those memories with Mr. Eddie Arkadian himself, Chris Murney.
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Our featured guest: Christopher Murney
Whether it’s his voice or his face, Chris Murney has carved out a memorable career on radio, videogames, television and film. He has won numerous CLIO awards for his memorable adverting work, perhaps most notable as the voice of Chester Cheetah from the Cheetos commercials. He television works included spots on Miami Vice, M*A*S*H, One Life to Live and was also a regular on the beloved AMC series Remember WENN for its four-season run. In film, he has worked with the Coen Brothers on Barton Fink, Last Exit to Brooklyn, The Secret of My Success, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive and the Paul Newman cult classic Slap Shot.
Mr. Murney was a great guest and a lot of fun, and we hope to hear many more of his tales on future films selected by our Natsukashi readers and writers.