2,000-year-old Chinese sorcerer David Lo Pan (James Hong) controls an evil empire beneath San Francisco’s Chinatown. He has not had a woman in 2,000 years and is looking for a green-eyed beauty who can make him immortal.
Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) is a tough but dense lorry driver with a John Wayne voice who makes for an amiably inept hero as he gets mixed up with ancient Chinese cults and magic when he ventures beneath the streets of San Francisco to rescue Miao Yin (Suzee Pai) – the fiancée of his old friend, Wang Chi (Dennis Dun). She just happens to have green eyes . . .
Jack and Wang enlist the help of friendly sorcerer Egg Shen (Victor Wong) to rescue Miao – and Jack’s beloved truck, The Pork Chop Express – from Lo Pan’s subterranean lair.
Lo Pan’s three bodyguards, Thunder (Carter Wong), Lightning (James Pax) and Rain (Peter Kwong) – known collectively as The Three Storms – wear ridiculously large straw hats and have comic book powers.
But the fight scenes are surprisingly stodgy and, in the end, the special effects take over.
David Lo Pan
Victor Wong (Yee Keung)