Monday, November 3, 2008

Who Is The Master?

You've got to be kidding me.

Samuel L. Jackson lands role as Sho'Nuff in The Last Dragon remake. Samuel L. Jackson is preparing to take on the villainous lead role in a remake of kung-fu cult classic The Last Dragon. Jackson will star as Sho'Nuff in the remake of Berry Gordy's 1985 classic centring on the story of tough street kid Leroy Green's quest to become a martial arts legend.

Bosses at Columbia Pictures, who are the helm of the remake, have signed Jackson up to play the legendary baddie role made famous by late actor Julias Carey.

And Jackson can't wait to bring the character back to the big-screen, telling the Hollywood Reporter, "I'm a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho'Nuff into the 21st century."

The original The Last Dragon, starring Taimak, The Cosby Show star Keshia Knight Pulliam and William H. Macy, grossed $26 million (GBP16.2 million) at the U.S. box office.


You've got to be effin kidding me.

As fed up as I am with the remakes, I think I'm a little bit excited about this. I don't think you could have picked a better role for Sam J. The Last Dragon is one of those movies that just cannot be described. It was 1985 a year that is very special to me. A year when some of the coolest movies ever made would totally influence my soul. The Last Dragon is one of the more unique, goofy, oddball, and might I add KICK ASS movies of not only that year, but of the 80's period.

Mowtown meets Kung Fu. You can thank this movie for bringing DeBarge into popularity with there hit "Rhythm Of The Night." And then of course El DeBarge's solo hit "Who's Johhny" from the movie Short Circuit. Oh my god this is all bringing back so many memories. I just had to get this when they put this out on DVD a couple of years ago.

I am surprised that they mention William H. Macy and Keisha Knight in the above article. It's not like they had big roles. Why not also mention Chazz Palminteri as one of the Thugs. I can only hope that this movie will be just ass ridiculous and cheesy as the original. I expect more modernized and improved Kung Fu, but you can't possibly make this movie completely serious with a character like Sho'Nuff. I mean here's a picture of the guy.

A part of me is a little disappointed about the remake. Mainly because The Last Dragon was always somewhat of an underground thing. It was like an injoke with the cool kids. Only the truely elite lover of the 80's knew and appreciated this movie. It was like people who were fans of (dreadful) movies like Garbage Pail Kids and Howard The Duck. Not everyone I knew had even heard of The Last Dragon and if I mentioned it and you knew what I was talking about, then you were in the cool club. But you couldn't just know about it, you had to know how "The Glow" song went. Or you know what the answer is when I say "WHO AM I?" (SHO'NUFF!). Or perhaps you had a crush on Vanity like I did.

YOu bet your ass I was hot for her!

Or you've told someone more than twice to "Kiss my Converse".

This movie paid tribute to Bruce Lee's classic yellow jumpsuit long before Kill Bill. See a pattern?

OMG! I hope they use Ernie Reyes Jr. Does anybody remember the TV Show Sidekicks?

No? Holy crap I feel 33.

Ooh! I just found this on YouTube.

I've always been fond of the pull back shot when Sho says "Why don't anybody that wants me to sit down and shut up, come down here and make me?" The camera pulls back as Sho's peeps fall into place and Enter The Dragon plays behind them. I always really loved that shot.

Here's the beginning of the movie. I swear to God this beginning song I've had stuck in my head since I first saw this movie in 1985.

1 comment:

  1. Love your little post about The Last Dragon. I feel exactly the same way in regards to the Remake. You are so right the moment you start thinking about little parts of the movie memories just start flooding in, so many classic characters, scenes and quotes... Who didn't have a crush on Vanity or love how bad ass Sho'nuff was!

    "Catches Bullets with his Teeth? Catches Bullets in with his Teeth!!?!? N!$$@ please!!!"