Midnight Excess: The Last Dragon/ Never Too Young To Die18

Midnight Excess: The Last Dragon/ Never Too Young To Die

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  • Sat 11 May
  • 210 minutes
  • Director: Michael Schultz & Gil Bettman
  • Cast: Vanity & Vanity, Taimak, John Stamos, Gene Simmons, George Lazenby, Christopher Murney & Julius Carry
  • USA (1985)

Synopsis

MIDNIGHT EXCESS is a new film programme from independent promoter SUPAKINO that brings back the thrill of late night movies and subversive double features to London’s alternative cinema scene.


For our second show, SUPAKINO and THE CELLULOID SORCERESS shine a spotlight on the late singer, actor, model VANITY with an action-packed 80s double bill of Motown musical BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON (1985) and the UK theatrical premiere of NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE (1986).


Celebrating VANITY’s varied career from Prince-protégée to action movie star to evangelist, there will be clips, trailers and discussion between the films… plus some surprises!


An exciting and funky spectacle in the tradition of cult late-night movies, we invite you to put on your shoulder pads, bring a date and groove on over to the historic Rio Cinema.



BERRY GORDY’S THE LAST DRAGON (1985) and NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE (1986):


Motown mogul Berry Gordy’s kung-fu musical is the ultimate 80s Hollywood excess: a blend of chart hits, young stars, magic powers and the shadow of the great Bruce Lee! THE LAST DRAGON was a smash on release and enjoyed a 30th anniversary revival tour in the US.


After dropping out of PURPLE RAIN to join Motown, VANITY went on to star in several low-budget and direct-to-video action films. Unreleased theatrically in the UK, NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE remains a cult classic of the VHS-era for its “James Bond Jr” premise and GENE SIMMONS of the rock band KISS as the outlandish hermaphrodite villain!


Both features will be showing in digital format and will be screened uncut for the first time in the UK.