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The Hanged Man

Own It February 28, 2023

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 55 Minutes

UPC: MAV-5905, 824355590524


The astonishing true story of Ron Van Clief, the first black martial arts movie star, known as "The Black Dragon". His determination to win — despite horrific odds — exacts a heavy toll and his life becomes a roller coaster ride with spectacular highs, devastating lows, and more than a few cliff-hangers.

Produced By

Ron Van Clief, Kathy Van Clief

Directed By

Robert Parham


Ron Van Clief

About the Crew

  • Ron Van Clief aka The Black Dragon was born in Brooklyn, New York. The Ron Van Clief Company was created to develop and produce live martial arts movies on stage. In 1974, Ron got his opportunity to audition for THE BLACK DRAGON by MS BETTY WHITE, of BLACK BEAUTY AGENCY. Becoming the first foreigner to headline a Hong Kong martial arts movie {HONG KONG FILM WORLD). During this period Ron was still competing in karate tournaments around the world. He has competed in over 900 tournaments in the 60 years of tournament history. Ron has worked on over 300 films and television series as an extra, actor, stuntman, action director and martial arts choreographer. Ron has been featured in Black Belt Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Karate Illustrated, Official Karate Magazine, and Inside Kung Fu Magazine.