Revenge of the Green Dragons

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Revenge of the Green Dragons
United States theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
  • Andrew Loo
  • Michael Di Jiacomo
Music by Mark Kilian
Cinematography Martin Ahlgren
Edited by Michelle Tesoro
Distributed by
  • Golden Scene (Hong Kong)
  • A24 (United States)
Release date
  • September 10, 2014 (2014-09-10) (TIFF)
  • October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24)
Running time
95 minutes
  • Hong Kong
  • United States
Language English
Budget $5 million[1]
Box office $59,484 (United Arab Emirates)[2]

Revenge of the Green Dragons is a 2014 crime drama film directed by Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, written by Michael Di Jiacomo and Andrew Loo, with Martin Scorsese as an executive producer. The film stars Ray Liotta, Justin Chon, Shuya Chang, Harry Shum, Jr., Kevin Wu, and Billy Magnussen. The film is based on Frederic Dannen’s New Yorker article that chronicled the true story of Chinese-American gang life in 1980s and 1990s New York City.[3]


An immigrant named Sonny (Chon) joined the Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons" when he was a kid, and worked his way up through the gang hierarchy. But as he quickly rose up the ranks and became notorious in the community, his life falls apart around him.



Principal photography began in June 2013[4] in Chinatown, New York City.[5] Scenes were filmed in some parts of Queens and Brooklyn, NY such as Elmhurst.


On November 2, 2013, Mark Kilian was hired to score the film.[6] Varèse Sarabande released the original soundtrack album on October 27, 2014.[7]


The film had its world premiere on September 10, 2014 at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and then went on to be screened at a number of other international film festivals. The film also received a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release in the United States on October 24, 2014.[8][9] In December 2014, co-director Andrew Lau said that the film was able to make profit.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received largely negative reviews from film critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 9%, based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 3.6/10.[11] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 36 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[12]

However, co-director Andrew Loo had traveled all over the United States with the film, and said: "I've found that this is actually a real-audience film.....In terms of audience reception, I don't think we've ever had a 'bad' screening. It's interesting that the critics hate the film because it's not an easy film to watch. It's a genre film dressed up as an art house film because you have Marty's [Scorsese's] name on it."[13]


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