Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) is a divorced (for obvious reasons) smartass truck driver of the pork chop express. After making a delivery to China town in San Francisco he gets drawn into some big trouble with his friend. First, they lose the fiancé at the airport to a criminal gang that takes girls fresh off the plane from the mother land, China, and sells them into prostitution. Then, after they go chasing the thugs they stumble into a turf war between the good guys and the bad guys. And then, Lo Pan (James Hong), a 2,000-year-old magician and his demons crash the party, steal the pork chop express, and kidnap the fiancé again. This chick is very popular. They have to break in several times, stop a wedding/sacrifice, kill the bad guys, and escape with their lives and the girls.
Throw in Kim Cattrall as a nosy reporter, just for luck. Who ends up kidnapped as well when they’re escaping the first time.
Why kidnap the girls and marry them both? Lo Pan is cursed and must find the girl with green eyes who can pass a test. Only once he has married her does he return to being human, that was the curse the emperor placed on him. The wife must be sacrificed to please the god he insulted for him to be mortal. With two girls he can marry them both and sacrifice one.
Odd curse, I know.
It’s a good movie, full of fun scenes and one liners. I like the wedding dresses (more than one bride). Over the top fight scenes that poke fun at the martial arts movies are actually really good and entertaining. I liked this a lot. But it is weird to assume every Asian can do said martial arts. Very stereotyped. And it’s annoying they have the immigrants speaking perfect English with an American accent when they’ve only been in country for six years. Huh? Not to mention the fiancé doesn’t really look like she’s of Asian descent. Not entirely sure if the actress was made to look that way or is really of that heritage, but that doesn’t matter, I’m nit picking here.
Really, Jack Burton is actually a pointless character. Even if he was there for humour, everyone else around him is funny enough as it is, so what was he doing in it? I don’t know. In fact, he’s like the pretty woman in the movie who could be replaced with a lamp and nothing would change in the plot. I liked him, yes. For so many years I have been quoting him (even though no-one gets them). Just, he wasn’t needed like they all made out. It’s like the scriptwriter just had him there and then decided he would ***** (sorry, spoiler) when it could’ve been anyone else to do that.
Definitely watch if you’re in a silly mood and want something over the top. Think like the original Monkey television show. Really out there. And that includes the very dated visual effects.