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Favorite '80s cult classic: 'The Last Dragon' or 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai'?
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Movies in the 1980s were like totally rad and stuff, especially in sci-fi and fantasy. Blockbusters from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg ruled at the box office but the spread of video rentals and cable gave a second life to a lot of movies that didn’t do well in theaters but became classics anyhow. We’re facing off the best-loved cult films of the time, starting with Motown kung fu in "The Last Dragon," and rock and roll science in "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension." Which do you love most?

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In this round, we’re looking at a martial arts fantasy versus a quirky sci-fi comedy. Don't forget to click on the bracket below and cast your vote for our other '80s cult film matchups!

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In the age of “Black Panther” and “Aquaman,” superheroes and action stars of color are not so rare. But in the '80s, black heroes on screen were few and far between,. Plus, a nearly all-black cast for a martial arts action film was pretty much unheard of. “The Last Dragon” (1985) was all that and more. Produced by Motown founder Berry Gordy, “The Last Dragon” is full of music, fights, and sincere if over-the-top acting from the leads of champion kickboxer Taimak (who played Leroy Green/Bruce Leroy) and Julius Carry (who played Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem). Prince protégé Vanity provides both a romantic lead and musical glamor. It’s like a cartoon, inspiring later video games, but also intentionally plays with Asian and black stereotypes.

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"Am I the baddest mofo low down around this town?"

Watch the trailer to "The Last Dragon" below.

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The '80s obsession with all things Asian reached its peak with “The Karate Kid,” but influenced the aesthetics of numerous other films. Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller) is a half-Japanese scientist, surgeon, inventor, hero and rock star who fights the Lectroids, aliens from the 8th Dimension. In addition to an amazing cast (Jeff Goldblum, Clancy Brown, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin and more), it entertainingly balances sci-fi fun, camp, and surreal humor. “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” (1984) sadly never resulted in the promised sequel, “Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League,” but it went on to be a perennially loved film by geeks the world over. 

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"Laugh while you can, monkey boy!"

Check out the trailer to "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Favorite '80s cult classic: 'The Last Dragon' or 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai'?
#TeamLastDragon
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamBuckarooBanzai
Own a samurai sword replica
Buy it here