Poor Eddie, you can tell he's fighting an uphill battle to turn this somewhat generic action/fantasy script - originally intended for Mel Gibson! - into a star vehicle that showcases his comedic talent. It's a credit to Murphy, who is really in his prime here, that "Golden Child" has any memorable moments ("I want the knife"), but "Big Trouble in Little China" did this whole concept, and better, five months earlier.
Murphy was at a point in his career where he could make any premise, no matter how ridiculous, work through the sheer force of his personality, star power and verbal dexterity. The film should play like the elephantine, studio meddling mess that it obviously is, but Murphy saves it in scene after scene with inspired comic riffing and charisma. Murphy takes the piss out of the premise creating a bouyant comedic treat.
saw it the first time when i was little, and love it everytime i watch it again, although i'm not a fan of Eddie Murphy. but it's that kind of movie that, if it's on TV, i'll get stuck and watch until the end.