“Gangnam Style” parody videos are ubiquitous these days. Chances are, you’ve seen your local Action News team doing Psy’s distinctive horse trot on camera. If you haven’t, you will soon. But sometimes it’s possible for a parody to break through the cultural noise and actually make an impact on its intended audience.
For the skeptical, we submit this video as evidence: “Lo Pan Style,” mashing up the plot and ghostly villain of John Carpenter’s 1986 cult classic “Big Trouble in Little China.”
For those unfamiliar with the film (it was a box office bomb upon its release), Carpenter melded the action of countless kung fu films with American Reagan-era swagger, personified in Kurt Russell’s John Wayne-esque truck driver character, Jack Burton. The fact that Burton talks like he’s the hero, but barely carries his weight as a sidekick isn’t an oversight on Carpenter’s part. It’s one of the film’s subversive charms and part of the reason it lives on in the hearts of film geeks everywhere.
This parody video goes a bit further than most in that it secured a cameo from James Hong, the actor who played “Big Trouble’s” villain, David Lo Pan. And to seal the deal, Carpenter himself reportedly presented the video at Screamfest L.A. over the weekend, when he picked up the festival’s career achievement award.
– Patrick Kevin Day
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