Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Directed by John Carpenter, Big Trouble in Little China is a lighthearted, mythical tale of a reluctant hero by the name of Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), a semi truck driver who arrives in San Francisco to drop off his cargo and do some gambling for the night. Dawn breaks and Jack is coerced to drive to the airport before receiving the rest of his money, helping his friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) pick up his fiance Miao Yin (Suzee Pai) who just landed from China. Upon deplaning, Wang’s fiance is kidnapped by the Lords of Death, a ruthless Chinese street gang hired by the Wing Kong to abduct her because of her rare jade green eyes.

With the help of rival gang Chang Sings, lawyer Gracie Law (Kim Katrell), and Chinatown tour bus driver with mystic powers Egg Shen (Victor Wong), the heroes are caught in the middle of a deadly rivalry that has been waging on for centuries. Defeating the Wing Kong won’t be easy, as the leader David Lo Pan (James Hong) is an immortal spirit with a team of three henchmen who posses the power to harness the elements. Lo Pan seeks being mortal again, which can only happen once he sacrifices a woman with green eyes to appease his demon god. The journey to victory is harrowing, yet whimsical, and Kurt Russell plays the part of a cocky, mullet-haired Jack Burton perfectly. Big trouble is brewing so “Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big ol’ storm right square in the eye and he says, Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.”