As a kid this was one of my favourite movies. I used to think Kurt Russell was really funny, and Wan Chi was a martial arts master. I hadn't seen this film in years so would it stand the test of time? I was about to find out.
From the moment I switched it on and saw Egg Shen showing the lawyer how things start very slowly, then pulls some electricity out of his hands, I knew it hadn't lost its magic. Then the music kicks in and we are shown the Pork Chop Express on a dark and stormy night, with Jack Burton talking on his radio, and I have just travelled back 20 years in time.
I have just realised at this point the the whole story is revolving around Jacks bet with Wang for $1,148 x2 that he owes Jack. Just think if Wang had sliced the bottle, this whole movie would have never took place?
So they both go to the airport to pick up Wangs girlfriend, and it all goes downhill from here for Jack and Wang. FIrst, Wangs girlfriend is kidnapped from the Lords of Death street gang, then they interupt a funeral that turns into a gang war, Jack runs someone over in his truck, Lo Pan, who seems unaffected, then finally Jacks truck is stolen. Talk about having a bad day.
Then you have the Tree Storms, who look pretty intense, wearing Rayden hats and being aweosme at fighting, even if they do have some pretty dodgey looking weapoons. Thinngs aren't looking good for Jack and Wang.
So with the help of all round good guy Egg Shen they decide to go and try and resuce Wangs girlfriend from the local brothel, only problem is the Three Storms want her as well because she has got green eyes and come and take her, and all Jack gets for his troubles is beaten up.
New Plan, go to the WIng Kong Exchange where she is being held, and go in and out like the wind. This does not work and they are soon captured again.They manage to escape, and get away along with a load of other girls who had been help prisoner, but not Wangs girlfriend, Miao Yin.
Egg Shen lead them back into the Wing Kong Exchange, along with th e Chang Sings through underground caverns.
When they eventually arrive a wedding is taking place between Miao Yin, Lo Pan, and also the girl Jack has taken a fnacy for, Gracie Law. Anyway a giant battle breaks out, Lo Pan gets married, and Jack chases down Lo Pan and tries to take him out with his knife, however he misses and Lo Pan picks up the knife and throws it back at Jack (who is now sporting lipstick from kissing Gracie) whi catches the knife and quickly throws it back killing Lo Pan, besides its all in the reflexes.
Jack finds his truck in the Wing Kong exchange and they escape. Now at the end of the film as Jack is driving off in his truck you see one of Lo Pans monsters on the back of the truck.
I really thought this movie had aged well. Now, the special effects aren't anywhere near todays standards, but I think the lack of CGI is a nice change on a film of this kind, and I can honestly say I really enjoyed watching this movie again.
If you haven't seen this film before then I would definately recommend watching it or if your a child of the eighties I would watch it. This movie hasn't lost it s magic, and I enjoyed it as much today as I did 20 years ago.