PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiance from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown.
According to John Carpenter, the opening of the film with Egg Shen (Victor Wong) in the lawyer's office was added in at the request of 20th Century Fox executives, in order to make Kurt Russell's character Jack Burton more heroic (they didn't get the idea of Jack being a sidekick rather than a hero). Without the added scene, the film would have started with Jack driving to San Francisco.
What I'd like to do today is get your version of what happened.
Egg Shen: Oh, you mean the truth.
Pinstripe lawyer: Of course. First, just state your name and your occupation for the record.
Egg Shen: Oh, Egg Shen. Bus driver.
Jack describes Lo Pan as being able to shoot light out of his mouth, but when Jack encounters Lo Pan in the alley after running through him with his truck, Lo Pan shoots light from his eyes before light comes out of mouth. Since Jack was already blinded by the light from Lo Pan's eyes he couldn't possibly have seen the light come out of Lo Pan's mouth.
The UK cinema version was passed as PG, with a cut made to Kurt Russell's line of 'Fuck It!". The 15-rated video version restored the profanity, but was cut by 9 secs with edits made to the fight between the clans. The 2002 DVD release features the uncut version with all cuts waived by the BBFC.
$2,723,211 (USA) (6 July 1986)
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