I am sure that most people will know the film, for those that don’t it involves an incredulous truck driver, Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), being drawn into the seedy underbelly of gangsters, sex trade and mysticism in San Francisco’s China Town area.
Having made a delivery there he manages to fleece an old friend and restaurant owner, Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), in a gambling session. Owed money, he drives Wang Chi to the airport where he is due to meet his fiancé Miao Yin (Suzee Pai). Also at the airport is campaigner and lawyer Gracie Law (Kim Cattrall, Modern Vampires) who is there to meet a girl who is coming from China also. Now my first reaction was that a gang of street thugs who come in were after Gracie’s ward, though little is said about that afterwards. However they end up kidnapping Miao – her green eyes will make her valuable in the sex trade.
|James Hong as Lo Pan|
|As David Lo Pan|
|Kurt Russell as Jack|
|drinking blood confers corporeality|
Yet despite this I am tempted to suggest that he is a vampiric ghost as the element of imbibing blood to gain corporeality is there and he also suggests that, when corporeal, he will rule the world from beyond the grave indicating that he is undead rather than simply immortal but incorporeal – corporeality, incidentally, brings with it the danger of being vulnerable to corporeal weapons. The imdb page is here.