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    Urban Action Showcase 2014 New York: 30th Anniversary of Cult Classic The Last Dragon


    See more of my photos from this event on CNN at these links:
    - UAS 2014 Gallery 1
    - UAS 2014 Gallery 2
    - UAS 2014 Gallery 3
    - UAS 2014 Gallery 4
    - UAS 2014 Gallery 5
    - UAS 2014 Gallery 6
    - UAS 2014 Gallery 7
    - UAS 2014 Gallery 8


    See the entire photo gallery from UAS 2014 on my photo blog at www.byhandpics.com.


    This past weekend I attended Demetrius Angelo’s Urban Action Showcase, which took place at the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue & 52nd Street, as well as the AMC Empire 42nd Street Theater in Times Square. This second annual gathering of martial artists, cult film actors, genre movie fans and rising stars, featured a mix of panel discussions, training seminars, independent action film screenings and special events.

    One of the highlights of Urban Action Showcase this year was a 30th Anniversary celebration for The Last Dragon, a landmark peice of American cult cinema. TriStar Pictures - a major Hollywood movie studio - backed this martial arts genre film that starred Taimak, who played ‘Bruce’ Leroy Green, a Harlem-born practitioner who adored Bruce Lee, Motown music and Vanity.

    It was great watching The Last Dragon on the big screen again after so many years. The audience knew every trademark line from the movie, in many cases speaking them along with the actors on-screen.

    After the screening, many of the cast and crew took part in a Q & A with Craig Sutton of Last Dragon fan website thelastdragontribute.com. Participants included Bruce Leroy himself - Taimak, Chris Murney (who played the evil villian Eddie Arkadian), Kirk Taylor (who played Crunch), GrandMaster Jerry ‘Fast Feet’ Fontanez - who now runs Fontanez Karate in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Michael Chin (who played Lu Yi), Henry Yuk (who played Hu Yi), Lisa Loving Dalton & Janet Bloem (who played Sho'nuff's Women), Master Ernie Reyes Jr. (who played little Tai), and martial arts legend GrandMaster Ron Van Clief, who choreographed many of the fight scenes in the movie.

    Julius Carry, who played Sho'nuff - The Shogun of Harlem, unfortunately passed away in 2008 after a bout with pancreatic cancer. However his mother, Helen Carry, attended the event, spoke to fans, and accepted an award on his behalf.

    Photo Captions:

    1 - Taimak speaking at The Last Dragon 30th Anniversary Celebration.
    2 - The theater at AMC Empire Times Square, that played the The Last Dragon anniversary screening and hosted the Q & A.
    3 - Julius Carry’s mother Helen Carry speaks at The Last Dragon 30th Anniversary Celebration. In the background is Chris Murney, Taimak, Kirk Taylor, Ernie Reyes Jr., et. al.
    4 - Janet Bloem speaks at The Last Dragon 30th Anniversary Celebration. In the background is Lisa Loving Dalton and Chris Murney.
    5 - Ron Van Clief speaking to a Last Dragon fan.
    6 - Helen Carry, Ron Van Clief, Ernie Reyes Jr., Chris Murney, et. al.
    7 - Helen Carry, Ron Van Clief, Ernie Reyes Jr. and Chris Murney.
    8 & 9 - Rochelle ‘La Chocolate Box’ Miller of DPTV Networks, a Sho'nuff - The Shogun of Harlem tribute actor, and Douglas Wilburn of DPTV Networks at The Last Dragon 30th Anniversary Celebration.
    10 - Actor and comedian Sherwin Xel at The Last Dragon 30th Anniversary Celebration.

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