In Big Trouble in Little China, Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a hilarious truck driver who helps his friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) rescue his kidnapped fiancée Miao-Yin (Suzee Pai) from Chinatown thugs. Man, she’s pretty. While in pursuit, things start to become more mystically sci-fi when magical Chinese warriors battle it out in an alley. How interesting. It’s not every day you see a ninja battle in a “modern” time period.
Their leader is David Lo Pan (James Hong), an evil sorcerer cursed with immortality. He has pale white skin, like a peckish vampire. He needs the blood of a woman with green eyes to become mortal again. It’s a rare quality, especially with Chinese women, but that’s why he wants Miao-Yin.
I met James Hong at MegaCon 2010. He was a nice guy. Not very talkative, but he did greet me with power knuckles.
Jack, Wang, and other allies lead by tour bus driver Egg Shen (Victor Wong) fight their way to Lo Pan through sewer tunnels underneath Chinatown. It becomes an exciting adventure as they face numerous enemies like female ninjas, monsters, and a tiny beholder guardian. That little alien thing is creepy with that eyeball in its mouth.
Before facing Lo Pan, Egg Shen provides a special elixir to give Jack and the others the strength and fighting skill to fight him and his henchmen. Wang fights one of the tough henchmen in a sword fight while in midair. That has to be tricky. Like Jack says, “It’s all in the reflexes.” But that’s nothing compared to what the other henchman can do. He can literally blow himself up. It’s creepy when he really gets steamed.
I like this classic film from the 80s. I’d have to say that it was definitely Kurt Russell at his best, next to his role in Death Proof.