Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancée Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In the wedding scene where Lo Pan is putting the Needle of Love in Miao Yin, James Hong actually jabbed Suzee Pai too hard. You can see her flinch as he puts it in her. See more »
When Jack and Wang are tied to the wheelchairs Jack's chair has wooden slats and it is facing the door where Wang's chair has a straw back, but when they make their escape and Jack rolls down the ramp Wang's straw backed chair is replaced with Jack's wooden slat chair. See more »
There is an alternate version with an added ending scene (found in the directors cut DVD), where after the story is finished, Kurt Russel, in his truck again, finds the 3 punks from the beginning of the movie sitting in their sports car by the docks. He then decidedly drives forward, smashing into their car and throwing it, with them inside, into the sea. This ending was removed from the theatrical version, being donned as "Too vengeful" after test screens. See more »
Simply a great cult classic. I saw it when it first came out in 85-86 and thought it was hysterical. I recently watched it again and I still got a lot of laughs. Overall, I really appreciate John Carpenter and Kurt Russell's work in this movie. It was definitely ahead of its time. It has humor, great kung fu (homage to the genre before it was cool), Chinese mysticism, great special effects, and most importantly it never took itself seriously. :-)
I have to agree with the commentary on the DVD, you either love this movie, or you have "never" seen it.
Rent this movie if you are looking for good light fun.
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