Director Michael Cimino turned YEAR OF THE DRAGON, an engrossing novel by Robert Daley, into a confused, overlong, preachy, and at times downright annoying crime epic with a wholly unsympathetic main character played by the totally miscast Mickey Rourke. Stanley White (Rourke) is a
Vietnam vet who has become the most-decorated police officer in New York City's history. When a prominent businessman-mob leader in Chinatown is assassinated by a member of a Chinese youth gang, White is assigned to Chinatown and ordered to clean up the gang problem. It is soon apparent to White
that the teenage hoodlums are under the control of an ambitious young heroin kingpin, Joey Ta...