Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015

(Top) Big Trouble in Little China screenwriter Gary Goldman with actors James Hong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura and George Cheung. Photo by Tami Chang (Bottom) Peter Kwong and the action figures based on his character. Photo by Lia Chang

(Top) Big Trouble in Little China screenwriter Gary Goldman with actors James Hong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura and George Cheung. Photo by Tami Chang
(Bottom) Peter Kwong and the action figures based on his character. Photo by Lia Chang

“On an otherwise normal Wednesday night (well, normal as Los Angeles gets), in an otherwise normal corner of the Little Tokyo district, in the otherwise normal and oh-dignified Japanese American National Museum, a normal visitor expecting a normal museum visit might have been shocked right down to his soles as he rounded an otherwise normal corner and stumbled on a reunion of the greatest collection of kung fu villains (and a few heroes) ever gathered. Who were they? The cast and creators of Big Trouble in Little China.

Hosting a special screening of the 1986 cult classic that many martial artists and kung fu fans call their fave, the theater was positively packed with more famous faces, martial masters and original cast members than you could shake a “six demon bag” at.”

Check out Jason William McNeill’s full story on the BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA REUNION, in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015.

(Top) Cast members Peter Kwong and Gerald Okamura. (Bottom) Veteran actor James Hong. Photos by Lia Chang

(Top) Cast members Peter Kwong and Gerald Okamura. (Bottom) Veteran actor James Hong. Photos by Lia Chang

I played a Wing Kong guard in Big Trouble in Little China. It was a rich stroll down memory lane with my fellow cast members including the legendary James Hong (David Lo Pan), Peter Kwong (Rain), Gerald Okamura (Wing Kong Hatchet Man), Al Leong (Wing Kong Hatchet Man), George Cheung (Chang Sing #6), James Lew (Chang Sing #1), Jeff Imada (Needles), martial artist Eric Lee, Joycelyne Lew and screenwriter Gary Goldman.

A Big Trouble in Little China reunion with Peter Kwong, screenwriter Gary Goldman, James Lew, George Cheung, James Hong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, Jeff Imada, Joycelyn Lew, Al Leong and Eric Lee at JANM's Tateuchi Democracy Forum in LA on April 8, 2015. Photo by Tami Chang.

A Big Trouble in Little China reunion with Peter Kwong, screenwriter Gary Goldman, James Lew, George Cheung, James Hong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, Jeff Imada, Joycelyn Lew, Al Leong and Eric Lee at JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum in LA on April 8, 2015. Photo by Tami Chang.

Big Trouble was the jumping off point for many of their successful careers in the industry. The cast shared secrets from the set, how they have navigated working as Asian American actors and stuntmen in Hollywood.

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).

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

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.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Other articles by Lia Chang
#AAIFF2015: 11th Annual 72 Hour Shootout World Premiere Film Screening at Village Cinema East, Wrap Party and Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at The Azure on July 25 
July 25-26: #AAIFF2015 Spotlight on Arthur Dong- Screenings of THE KILLING FIELDS OF HAING S. NGOR and FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A, plus an on-stage conversation
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Q & A with Jose Llana, the new King of Siam in LCT’s Tony Award-Winning Revival of The King and I
Photos and Video:’The Visit’ Broadway cast performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble with Chita Rivera, John Kander, Graciela Daniele and Co.
Drumhead Magazine: Living Colour Drummer Will Calhoun, Photos by Lia Chang  
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China: Through the Looking Glass Exhibition Extended through September 7 at Metropolitan Museum
Photos:Lunch with Tony Winner Lea Salonga and George Takei, Stars of ALLEGIANCE
Behind the Scenes of the Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout with Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Evan Daves and Alicia Manns in HIDE AND SEEK
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Coming to America through The Angel Island Immigration Station
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