James Hong

The Perfect Weapon (1991)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

The Perfect Weapon (1991)

Director:

Mark DiSalle

Writer:

David C. Wilson

Starring:

Jeff Speakman

John Dye

Mako

James Hong

Dante Basco

Professor Toru Tanaka

Blurb:

An expert in “kenpo” karate avenges his Koreatown friend, slain by a mobster in Los Angeles.

Thoughts:

Obligatory, The Perfect Weapon is one of my husband’s movies. I swear I do like action movies. It’s just that he likes a lot of older ones, and that’s where we’re at.

I’ve seen The Perfect Weapon once before, but I’ve forgotten it all. Thankfully, it’s completely predictable, so I knew exactly what was going to happen. I enjoyed it, mainly because Jeff Speakman was a pleasure to look at, except his hair, which did nothing for me. His chest hair was perfect, though. Seriously men, give me some chest hair.

I also liked that there wasn’t really a romantic subplot. I’ve mentioned before that’s one of my least favorite parts of action movies. However, I would have liked it if there was more than one female character. The fact that she didn’t even say anything in the entire movie made things worse. The only other women mentioned were two mothers, and they were both dead. Come on, that was ridiculous.

The dad in this movie was a complete dick, and I kept cheering when Speakman walked away from him. Who kicks their teenage son out of the house??? What an asshole. I wasn’t a fan of the brother either, but mainly because I only saw his character in Touched By an Angel every time I looked at him.

Speakman was a tiger and was supposed to find the dragon inside of him. Basically, he had no control or wisdom and needed to learn those things. When he didn’t kill the bad guy, in the end, that was supposed to signal he’d found the dragon. The bar was set very low for him, apparently.

The Perfect Weapon was a decent movie, and I can see why my husband enjoys it. The music was perfect 90s, and the intro made me laugh, so all in all, I liked it.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Director:

John Carpenter

Writers:

Gary Goldman

David Z. Weinstein

W.D. Richter

Starring:

Kurt Russell

Kim Cattrall

Dennis Dun

James Hong

Victor Wong

Kate Burton

Donald Li

Blurb:

A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend’s fiancée from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown.

Thoughts:

I’ve only watched Big Trouble in Little China once before. I’d forgotten how crazy awesome it is. I’ve kind of only been paying half attention to a lot of the movies I’ve re-watched so far. I couldn’t do that with Big Trouble. There’s always something either funny or crazy going on, and it’s hard to look away. Especially since it’s not a movie, I’m very familiar with.

What makes the movie is that Jack, Kurt Russell, isn’t the hero. He’s an everyman thrust into a fantastic story and becomes a sidekick. He isn’t a joke and has his moments to shine, but he’s also not a savior, even if he did kill the bad guy in the end. He’s the movie’s main focus, but while he’s surviving, you see the other characters doing most of the heavy lifting. It’s, frankly, awesome. I’d love to see more movies like this, and if anyone has any recommendations, please post them in the comments.

Gracie, Kim Cattrall, comes off a bit manic. She’s constantly moving and has a positive energy even when talking about the potential end of the world. She’s smart and has a Lois Lane vibe. She gets herself in trouble but also gets herself out of it. She’s more capable than Jack.

Big Trouble in Little China was a financial flop. The studio had no idea how to market it because they didn’t understand it. For them, Russell was supposed to be the hero, but he clearly wasn’t, so they made Carpenter write something to “explain” the character. This is why we get the opening scene, which makes the least amount of sense in the entire movie. Thankfully, the film ended up finding its audience and now has a cult following.

I already want to re-watch Big Trouble. I’m kind of ashamed that I own it and have only seen it twice. It should be one of those movies I watch periodically throughout the year. It has many of the things I liked about Last Dragon. It has a large minority cast, weird fight scenes, and a heavy 80s influence. Only Big Trouble does it all, just a bit better. There is a huge 80s influence, but it’s done in all of the best ways. It’s easily in the top ten movies I’ve watched so far, quite possibly top five.