Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Martin Scorsese has lent his name to a new tale of gangs of New York. Revenge of the Green Dragons follows two brothers who join a Chinese gang in New York during the ’80s. Based on a New Yorker article by Frederick Dannen, the film is directly inspired by tales of ’80s and ’90s Asian-American gangs in the city. The movie is directed by Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo; Lau previously made Infernal Affairs, which Martin Scorsese remade as The Departed. (Hence Scorsese’s participation as an exec producer here.) Watch the Revenge of the Green Dragons trailer below.
Michael DiJiacomo and Loo scripted; Justin Chon (Breaking Dawn), Kevin Wu, Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee), and Shuya Chang (Chinese Puzzle) star, with appearances from Geoff Pierson (J. Edgar), Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods), and Ray Liotta.
And there’s a moment in this trailer that will beef up that “there’s a storm coming” super cut that has been floating around of late. Other than that, this one looks like it’s worth a look.
Revenge of the Green Dragons has a deal with DirecTV, which means that after the movie premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, DirecTV will air the film in an exclusive 30-day window beginning September 11. Then A24 will release the film to theaters in October. Trailer via A24.
In the vein of crime classics like MEAN STREETS and INFERNAL AFFAIRS, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) 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”.