Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Apr. 8: Big Trouble in Little Tokyo Screens John Carpenter’s BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA at the Japanese American National Museum

Lia Chang and Donna Noguchi in John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

Lia Chang and Donna Noguchi in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

Big Trouble in Little China 2PHOTOS: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA CAST REUNION
A blast from the past. I played a Wing Kong guard in John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic Big Trouble in Little China, starring Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, Kim Cattrall as Gracie Law, Dennis Dun as Wang Chi, James Hong as David Lo Pan, Victor Wong as Egg Shen, Kate Burton as Margo, Donald Li as Eddie Lee, Carter Wong as Thunder, Peter Kwong as Rain, James Pax as Lightning and Suzee Pai as Miao Yin.

The action-adventure film set in San Francisco’s Chinatown stars Kurt Russell as a truck driver who gives a ride to a friend, and suddenly finds himself embroiled in a supernatural battle between good and evil.

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is screening Big Trouble in Little China, whose title inspired that of this film series, at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles California 90012 at 7:00 p.m.

Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is a film series presented by JANM in partnership with Angry Asian ManFirst Pond Entertainment, and Visual Communications. The series features specially-selected films by and about Asian Americans followed by intimate discussions with cast and crew.

From the set of Big Trouble in Little China. Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

From the set of Big Trouble in Little China. Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

It’s going to be a mini reunion of Big Trouble in Little China cast members. I’ve been pals with Peter Kwong, who plays Rain, for a long time, but this is the first time I’ll be with Kwong and my fellow cast members George Cheung (Chang Sing #6), Al Leong (Wing Kong Hatchet Man), Gerald Okamura (Wing Kong Hatchet Man), James Hong (David Lo Pan), Jeff Imada (Needles), James Lew (Chang Sing #1), and screenwriter Gary Goldman for a Q&A which will follow the screening. If you were part of the original cast contact, Oliver Ike (213) 545-6851.

Pre-sale: $8 JANM and Visual Communications members, $10 general.

At the door (if available): $12 JANM and VC members, $15 general.

TICKETS

After-Reception at Far Bar Little Tokyo, 347 E 1st St, LA. (cash bar).

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Funko to Release Big Trouble in Little China Pop! and ReAction Figures

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films  Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
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George Takei & Broadway Bound ALLEGIANCE Create Indiegogo Campaign as Endowment for the Japanese American National Museum
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Photos: Hudson Yang, Randall Park, Eddie Huang, Richard Lui, Lori Tan Chinn and More at #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC
11th annual 72 Hour Shootout™ Filmmaking Workshop on April 16; Enter to Win a Free 72 Hour Shootout Registration
The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.: 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women Open Call
Photo: Stan Egi, Ellen Crawford, Paige Lindsey White, Bruce Turk, Greg Watanabe and More in Jessica Kubzansky helmed PYGMALION at The Pasadena Playhouse through April 12; PYGMALION Themed Activities
The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.: 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women Open Call
LA Times Critic’s Choice FIGARO at A Noise Within; April 4, 5, 9, 10, 19, 30, May 1 and 10
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Apr. 13:THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Original Cast Album Release Party at Joe’s Pub will feature André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, Kyle Beltran, Ken Barnett, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams
Rebecca Naomi Jones kicks off run as Yitzhak in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on April 14
Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) Presents Man of La Mancha Starring Anthony Warlow, Amber Iman, Nehal Joshi at Sidney Harman Hall through April 26
East West Players’ Honors Paula Madison of Madison Media Management LLC and “Fresh Off The Boat” Executive Producers Nahnatchka Khan and Melvin Mar on April 20
Photos: Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Spring Exhibition, CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, May 7–August 16
Tony Award® Nominees Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed to star in Rajiv Joseph’s GUARDS AT THE TAJ, helmed by Amy Morton, at Atlantic Theater Company, May 20-June 28
World Premiere Musical HAMILTON Transfers to Broadway; Previews begin July 13
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Photos: Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang, NEFA, Graham Sheffield CBE and Susan Stockton Receive 2015 ISPA Awards
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
THE WIZ Turns 40- Photos from Original Broadway Production and BC/EFA Gypsy of The Year Celebration Featuring André De Shields, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ken Page, Charl Brown, Carly Hughes, Christina Sajous, Alton Fitzgerald White, Lillias White and More
Photos: Ellen Burstyn, Baz Luhrmann, John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen McKinley Henderson, John Patrick Shanley, David Henry Hwang, Liza Colón-Zayas, Kenneth Lonergan and More Celebrate Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Mimi Awards
Crafting a Career
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