Cast: Kurt Russell (Jack Burton), Kim Cattrall (Gracie), Dennis Dun (Wang), James Hong (Lo Pan), Victor Wong (Egg), Donald Li (Eddie)
Director: John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York, The Thing, Christine, They Live, In the Mouth of Madness, Village of the Damned)
Plot: Without giving anything away, the film is about a truck driver, Jack Burton, who is helping his friend Wang find and save his girlfriend, Miao Yin. Miao Yin has been taken by David Lo Pan to be his bride, and in order to save her, Jack and Wang must fight Lo Pan’s supernatural Tong, led by the three phenomena: Thunder, Rain, and Lightning. The film is Carpenter’s paean to kung fu movies, and the actors attack the rich dialogue, the fun action, and the plot with aplomb. Except for Kim Cattrall. I never liked her, but she's tolerable (some would say perfect) in this role as an annoying lead.
Why you should watch it: First, it’s directed by John Carpenter. If you’re like me, you’re a Carpenter fiend. I find that people either love his films or hate them. This movie didn’t get the dap that other films of 1986 received. It was released at the same time as Top Gun, Platoon, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Stand by Me and Blue Velvet, so it fell through the cracks a bit. However, since its home release it has taken on a cult status of enormous proportions. If you give someone a Jack Burton quote, and they give one back, and nobody else knows what you’re talking about (it will happen), you feel like you’re in some secret society of cult films. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like feeling superior to others. I love this film, and I watch it at least twice a year. I highly recommend it.
Availability: DVD, Blu Ray, Streaming, free on Youtube
*NOTE* - I will be on vacation next week (read: crashing on Raysism’s couch, but he doesn’t know it yet), so there won’t be a review.