"'China's here'? I don't know what that means," Kurt Russell says. Maybe it means that Eastern and Western action movies are starting to merge—the next 30 years hardly proved that wrong. This is Carpenter at his goofiest, well worth it for the bonkers narrative style and the way it captures the innocence of comic books: an insane premise, silly asides, and the sense that it only ended because you hit the last page.
(Generous) 9 - An insanely fun 80s machismo-fest, infused with eastern mysticism, that pokes fun and pays tribute to the classic martial arts films of the past. This is the very definition of a cult film, managing to crystallize and near-perfect the Russell-centric satire/tribute cocktail that Carpenter would later use to great effect in "Escape from L.A.". Bless you, John.
It's the kind of film you watch with your friends on a Tuesday night for shits and giggles. There's not much substance in the plot, but the ridiculous action scenes keeps you indulged. It has one of the most absurd deaths in film history, which is worth watching.