Our late night web prowl, in between reading ever-gripping SEC filings, turned up this little gem, WingKong.net. If by some miracle you recognize the reference, pat yourself on the back for being a true trivia buff as well as a great fan of American cinematography. The film in question, an 80’s classic is Big Trouble in Little China (The Wing Kong Exchange is home to the arch evil-doer Lo’Pan), starring Kurt Russel and yes, Kim Cattrall, burning up the big screen long before her Sex and the City Days.
This is what Amazon had to say about the film:
Once you settle into the realization that this 1986 John Carpenter (Halloween) film is not going to be one of the director’s more masterful works, Big Trouble in Little China just becomes a full-tilt comic blast. Kurt Russell is hilarious as a drawling, would-be John Wayne hero who steps into the middle of a supernatural war in the heart of Chinatown. While kung fu warriors and otherworldly spirits battle over the fate of two women (Kim Cattrall and Suzee Pai), Russell’s swaggering idiot manages to knock himself out or underestimate the forces he’s dealing with. The whole thing is dopey, but it’s supposed to be dopey and Russell’s game performance brings an ironic edge. Carpenter directs some nifty spook effects (the sudden arrival of three martial arts demigods from out of nowhere is worth applause), and he also wrote the music. –Tom Keogh
So, what’s the deal with the website? WingKong.net took voice tracks from selected scenes in the movie and flash animated it using South Park-ish characters. (Who knew Chinatown was so hilly?) The result is pure genius and
hours minutes of hilarious entertainment. As of now, the site only has three clips available running at about three minutes each, with a fourth one coming online in short order. We can’t wait.
By the way, before someone writes in, we fully concede that this post doesn’t have that much to do with either Shanghai or China other than a movie title, but it’s been kind of a slow news day and WingKong is a really neat site. Shanghaiist will be back to our hard hitting, news driven, China/Shanghai reporter self tomorrow. We promise!
Pictures from WingKong.net.