Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang, James Hong, Peter Kwong, George Cheung, Al Leong, Gerald Okamura, Jeff Imada, James Lew and Gary Goldman to attend BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Screening at JANM on April 8

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 2It’s going to be a mini reunion of Big Trouble in Little China cast members on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the Big Trouble in Little Tokyo screening of the cult classic 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. John Carpenter’s 1986 Big Trouble in Little China, featured 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. I played a Wing Kong guard in the film and have been pals with Peter Kwong for many years, 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. See you there.

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.

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.

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. 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 cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpg 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. Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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