Scott R’s review published on Letterboxd:
"All I know is this 'Lo Pan' character comes out of thin air in the middle of a goddamn alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds, and he just stands there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him, with light coming out of his mouth!"
Wow! I think I need to watch more John Carpenter flicks. Every time I sit down and watch one of the lesser-known Carpenter flicks (The Halloweens and the Things of the world) I have a great time. 😄 This was a wild good time too!!
Everyone seems to be having a blast in the movie. Kurt Russel plays the badass, Jack Burton. He's got that same no-BS attitude that you would see in his performances in The Thing or Escape from New York, but here Russel feels a bit more carefree in his delivery. Dennis Dun is also fun as Wang Chi, who's like Burton's kung-fun fightin' sidekick. Nice to see Victor Wong here too, who I know from Tremors. Also, James Hong plays the villain in this?! Legendary Cast Status Achieved! I'm sure Carpenter was having a blast behind the camera with this too lol.
Speaking of which, the director sets the mood very well with an effective score. It's quite foreboding at times and also adventurous, in a dark kind of way. He's talented with music in his own right.
The effects and action here are great. They don't seem dated much at all. There are Chinese sorcerers running and flying around, shooting lightning at our heroes! There are also rival Chinese gangs that won't hesitate to throw out some martial arts action. 😏 And for the creature fans in the audience, the movie delivers too. All I'll say is that the monster effects are awesome too!!
I was pleasantly surprised by this! Don't go in expecting anything groundbreaking, definitely enjoyable though. What we have here is a solid fantasy cult picture that comes together with all its endearing and fun elements. Will be revisiting this adventure in Little China again! 4/5