This was one of my favorite movies growing up. I got the DVD recently and have watched it front to back twice and with the commentaries. I find that I can appreciate it now a lot more than when I was a kid, where I simply liked the supernatural aspect of it and the martial arts. For those of you who also liked the film, I noticed a few things that stood out to me on careful review that confused me.
How did Lo Pan find out about Miao Yin (the girl with the green eyes)?
In the beginning of the movie, Jack (Kurt Russell) and his friend Wang go to pick up Wang’s fiancee from the airport. But the Lords of Death, the evil red/black clad gang in Chinatown is waiting there to kidnap her. Its established later that the LOD is run by the Wing Kong, who serve Lo Pan and his flunkies. But how did they know about this girl with the green eyes specifically? Chinese girls with green eyes are rare, but as Lo Pan later tries to do with Gracie (Kim Catrall), he didn’t need a green eye Chinese girl to break the curse, any green eye girl would do. How is it that he’s waited a thousand some odd years when Gracie has been practicing law in Chinatown for a decade and didn’t get noticed?
And seeing that one gang member with the white sunglasses that mimicked the squinty Asian eyes seem really racist, in retrospect. Its hilarious, I don’t know how he sees anything with that, but it seems racist. But hilarious
In the alley fight, why did the 3 Storms attack the Wing Kong?
And don’t try to tell me they didn’t. When they first appeared during the melee, both the Chang Sing (the good gang clad in yellow/black) and the Wing Kong were taken back and scared. When Jack and Wang run by the fight, I could distinctly see some guys in red fighting as well. Even if they weren’t and its just bad quality video, it still makes no sense the Wing Kong were just as scared of the Storms as the Chang Sing.
Speaking of the alley fight, why did Lo Pan make an appearance there? He’s got the girl already by this point, why even appear in public to get run over by Jack?
Why were the storms suddenly so vulnerable?
In the beginning of the alley fight, the Storms are practically invincible. They tank a bunch of bullets from the Chang Sing like they were nothing. But later, the Storms get killed by: a sword, a falling statue, and suicide bomb. My theory is that once Lo Pan became flesh and blood, his supernatural servants lost some of that power. Or that this is a comedy film and we shouldn’t look too much into things and compare the force in joules of bullets vs. a statue light enough that a 70 year old man can move it and drop it through a hole.
WTF was that sasquatch thing?
Lo Pan obviously has the Storms in his command, but was he doing genetic experiments too? They never explained that thing at all and he gets away at the end of the movie.
How does Egg Shen knows Lo Pan?
During their battle, Lo Pan makes some comment about Egg Shen and Egg obviously knows the lore of Lo Pan. How do they know each other? Is Egg also a thousand year old wizard trying to defeat Lo Pan?
Why did Lo Pan keep Jack and Wang alive?
When they are captured by Lo Pan’s flunkies, they are tied to wheelchairs and put in this round metal room. Jack asks if they are in hell and Wang replies that if Lo Pan wanted them dead, they’d be dead already. But there is no conceivable reason why Lo Pan would keep them alive at that point. He’s already got both girls with green eyes and his plans to marry them can continue with or without the guys. Why keep them alive at that point?
Why didnt he kiss her goodbye?
At the end, when Jack is leaving, Gracie’s friend the reporter says “Aren’t you even going to kiss her goodbye?”. I listened to the commentaries and they actually talk about why, but I still can’t really figure it out. Its not like kissing her would mean anything other than a kiss, so why not go for it. Besides:
Kim Catrall was really hot.
I mean just unbelievably hot. Her face was perfect, she had a sexy, slender neck, a beauty spot on her chin, and gorgeous “Come hither” eyes. The fuck is wrong with you Jack??
Maybe its because I’m Chinese, well, probably that is the reason why, but I loved this movie. Partly its because I figured out midway through the movie that the Asian guy is the hero and Jack is the sidekick. Even though Kurt Russell got top billing, its Wang that does most of the fighting, he kicks Rain’s ass, and he’s the one who does the heroic things purposefully instead of accidentally stumbling on to them. And he even gets a girl in the movie! Ok, not THE girl, but A girl.
Though I’m glad they didn’t make a crappy sequel to this that ruined the original, I’m also sad we don’t get to see what happens to the gang after the movie’s over. Maybe he goes back to Gracie after a number of years traveling, maybe they settle down. What happened to Margo’s news story about all this? And did the authorities ever find what seemed to be a whole underground complex beneath that fake shipping company, complete with a temple with a glowing skull, a jail, and a Chinese palace?
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