Sept. 17, 2001, 11:23 p.m. CST
by vroom socko
Sept. 17, 2001, 11:41 p.m. CST
This is very sad news. Let's not forget his role as Grandpa in 3 Ninjas, or even as the crazy monk in Golden Child. R.I.P. Victor Wong
Sept. 18, 2001, midnight CST
Dang it. One of the great character actors of the last 50 years. Harry you're right, "Prince of Darkness" is one of Carpenter's best, and Victor was fantastic. You are loved Victor.----later----m
Sept. 18, 2001, midnight CST
First thought in my head after watching BTILC - Egg Shen made Yoda look like a senile old man!! RIP Victor, you'll be missed.
Sept. 18, 2001, 12:14 a.m. CST
by otis von zipper
One of my very favorite moments in Big trouble is when Egg rescues the gang from the sewer, Jack asks "How did you get up here?" and Egg simply replies "Wasn't easy". For some reason that always cracks me up.
Sept. 18, 2001, 12:24 a.m. CST
...when the bus goes out of control? Let's have a .wav of that one, Harry. That always made me piss myself. Victor Wong, along with Al Leong (credited as "Wing Kong Hatchet Man" in Big Trouble, LOL!)and the great James Hong are some of my favorite asian actors. Enjoy your everlasting reward, Mr. Wong!
Sept. 18, 2001, 12:42 a.m. CST
Dammit NO!! WHY!? He was the fucking trainer of Rocky, Colt, and Tum-Tum!! He was his generation's Bruce Lee!! RIP sir.
Sept. 18, 2001, 12:55 a.m. CST
...the tragic loss of one of my cinematic spiritual heroes, and applauds Harry for a superb tribute. Egg Shen is a truly transcendental character, and his Chen Pao Shen in "The Last Emperor" was equally memorable. In every movie he appeared - like "The Joy Luck Club" and "Seven Years In Tibet" - he was always a joy to see. For years, I've dreamed of someday getting a chance to see him paired on screen with Mako, perhaps as epic adversaries. Sadly, that and many other delights we will not ever be graced with. Still, I am thankful for the unmistakable sparkle Victor Wong brought into my filmgoing life. He will be missed, and I'll keep trying to learn how to shoot lightning out of my fingers.
Sept. 18, 2001, 1:08 a.m. CST
This is weaaaaaaaak. Egg Shen was the badass twisted Chinese Obi Wan Kenobi, man.
Sept. 18, 2001, 1:22 a.m. CST
by Cash Bailey
I would love to hear his recollections of two of the greatest movies ever, BTiLC and TREMORS. Let's just hope Quint can get James Hong before he's taken from us. R.I.P. Victor Wong, you were an original. "They take what they want, and leave the rest. Just like your salad bar." I'm gonna watch BTiLC tonight in tribute to the great man.
Sept. 18, 2001, 2:06 a.m. CST
He put his all into the film work he did, from BTILC to episodic work on BEAUTY & THE BEAST to the 3 NINJAS series of films. He never complained. If he did, he did it quietly, internally. He will be missed. I have a seat waiting for him in Hall of the Jad Emperor in Heaven. He will be well tended after.
Sept. 18, 2001, 2:37 a.m. CST
by Jon L. Ander
No end to the bad news is there? I'm going to watch Big Trouble in Little China as soon as i get home, in memorium. Anyone know where i can pick up a six demon bag?
Sept. 18, 2001, 3:49 a.m. CST
Egg Shen will live forever. The Gods have taken you for a reason, no doubt Lo Pan needs a good ass-kicking again. One of the best actors Hollywood had.
Sept. 18, 2001, 4:45 a.m. CST
I didn't want to see this news. saw the last emperor just days ago...lovely eulogy Harry..... sigh.
Sept. 18, 2001, 5:04 a.m. CST
Victor Wong live on in my heart and video collection. Now go kick David Lo Pan's ass in the afterlife. ZB
Sept. 18, 2001, 5:39 a.m. CST
Just saw it for the first time two nights ago, and like many other movies that Harry has a devotion to, I don't see the appeal. It wasn't a terrible way to pass the time, but it wasn't very good. The Last Emperor, however, is a great movie.
Sept. 18, 2001, 5:41 a.m. CST
Ah yes - how wonderful it was to see Egg Shen showing Jack Burton how to fight against the evil David Lo Pan. And how sad it was to see him eaten up by those awful worms in Tremors. Victor was always watchable, no matter how small his part. Rest in peace, Mr. Wong. You've earned it.
Sept. 18, 2001, 6:36 a.m. CST
by the son of John
I cant belive this. I would just have to say Much thanks To you Mr wong. You openend my mind beyond Star wars and showed me what is cool about action movies The Son of John AKA Ben
Sept. 18, 2001, 7:03 a.m. CST
sigh...one of the great character actors around. Sorry to see him go. Tonight, after I get off work, I'll pop a beer and throw in my tape of Big Trouble in Little China.
Sept. 18, 2001, 7:23 a.m. CST
Besides being a really fabulous character actor, did you know he was involved with the civil rights movement? He was also pretty good friends with Jack Kerouac. There's a really good documentary about the Asian population in America(I forget the title, somebody help me out) Victor Wong had a very large segment, he's a really fascinating guy actually, lived a very rich and interesting life. If you like his movies, check it out!
Sept. 18, 2001, 7:34 a.m. CST
Every time I carry an umbrella when it rains I always remember Egg's advice: "A wise man knows when to get outta the rain". Plus have you ever seen a man so effectively use a can of Coke and chopsticks as weapons. He'll definitely be missed.
Sept. 18, 2001, 7:37 a.m. CST
There are some people that will get me to watch any old rotten movie just because they happen to be in it. My list includes, among others, and in no particular order, Arnold Schwartzenegger, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Bruce Campbell, and Jim Garner. I'm sure you have your very own list. Victor Wong was one of the guys on my list. Thank God that these people's work will be with us forever in all their great movies.
Sept. 18, 2001, 8:03 a.m. CST
So long, Victor .. you'll be missed. Hey, isn't there any good news this week, re: anything at all? ******** btw, just to let everyone know I'm ok, still in Berlin at the moment * which is a much more surreal place to be than N. America at the moment, esp. if your German language skill is rusty, and mine sure is .. news coverage of the tragedy here is also as horribly surreal). ***** Keep safe everybody. I'm techinically an agnostic but God bless, anyway .. seems like the right time to be saying that! - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 18, 2001, 8:46 a.m. CST
To me, Victor Wong was kind of like an Asian Dick Miller. A great character actor indeed. ESPECIALLY in cult hits. He will be missed.
Sept. 18, 2001, 8:53 a.m. CST
by mad maximus
Apparently he was with some family members that were coming from the parade. He noticed that I recognised him and that I did not say anything since he was with some family members. He gave me a nod and a polite smile and got off at his stop. Damn!
Sept. 18, 2001, 8:56 a.m. CST
by mad maximus
Sept. 18, 2001, 8:56 a.m. CST
by All Thumbs
Sapien mentioned earlier about Wong being interviewed in this great documentary about what it means to be Asian in America. I've seen it a couple of time and more recently in an Asian Amercian Lit class I'm taking. We were shown mostly the interview with Wong and I have to say that he was one of the coolest guys on the planet. If you haven't seen this and you're a fan of Wong, definitely check it out. And thanks to whoever mentioned his role "The Joy Luck Club". I crack up every time I see him in that movie. I have to ask you all: is it just me or is it sadder sometimes when we lose character actors we love to look for in films? I always got joy out of spotting Wong in the movies (Yes, even "3 Ninjas"), and I still will.
Sept. 18, 2001, 9:01 a.m. CST
I just picked up Big Trouble in Little China last week, and while I was kind of disappointment to see that it didn't quite live up the the standard I had set for it in my youth, two things made it for me. Kurt Russell's faux cool performance, and Victor Wong's "wasn't easy!".
Sept. 18, 2001, 9:07 a.m. CST
Alora: Just to be clear it wasnt yodeling on the bus Victor was speaking Cantonese a dialect of Chinese Im watching the DVD as we speak and he's taking a bus load of tourists on a tour. When Jack comes at him head on with his truck he starts speaking Cantonese a dialect of chinese. What he says basicly, is "Hey what are you doing?? " Then Veeres to avoid Jack cursing his name in the process saying "are you stupid or what then the movie goes on. Fare well Mr Wong may Quan Yin(Chinese godess of Mercy ) Guide you on your way =)
Sept. 18, 2001, 9:13 a.m. CST
Victor Wong passed away ; and God knows it makes me really sad, I really love the guy... but Egg Chen (and all the other characters he portrayed) still lives on... in our minds, in our hearts... and in our DVD's. Go Victor... Go in peace... and shake the pillars o' heaven for us... no horseshit. So long...
Sept. 18, 2001, 10:02 a.m. CST
Thanks AllThumbs! Rent this documentary! I liked Wong before I saw this documentary, but after seeing it, I can never look at him in a film quite the same way. It makes you wonder about so many other fine actors who have those small rolls in the films you love... Well, at least Charles Napier is still among the living...
Sept. 18, 2001, 10:14 a.m. CST
Every time Victor Wong's face popped up unexpectedly in a film, you just knew the film was about to get considerably better. He will be missed. Peace out, Victor.
Sept. 18, 2001, 10:49 a.m. CST
see ya Vic!
Sept. 18, 2001, 10:56 a.m. CST
I got baked out of my gourd and watched my new special-edition "Big Trouble in Little China" DVD last night. I paid special attention to Victor Wong's performance, reflecting on his great career as a character actor. How freaky is that?
Sept. 18, 2001, 11:10 a.m. CST
Just as I'm about to pull out of my deep blue funk from last week, I hear about something like this. Victor, damn, damn, damn, damn, damn, damn, words are fucking failing me. This bites.
Sept. 18, 2001, 11:11 a.m. CST
That's horrible. But what an impact. Egg stole scene after scene, and was just an absolute strange, and fascinating character. It's sad to see him leave this earth. Rest In Peace
Sept. 18, 2001, 12:03 p.m. CST
The character of Egg Shen is my first concrete memory of Mr. Wong. I saw Big Trouble on Showtime when I was just an upstart horror film goon. Let me tell you, aside from Lo Pan's main bodyguards, Egg Shen had me hollering with glee. Here in Sacramento, Wong was something of a fixture. You could catch him wandering around town from time to time, or see him smoking a cigarette, quietly squinting to himself somewhere. I wish I could have told him how much I loved his work, both for Carpenter and others. Oh well. He's dead, so he won't mind.
Sept. 18, 2001, 12:53 p.m. CST
Is one of my top ten of all time. His part was small, but has always stayed with me. I never expected him to pop up and start talking to the little Emperor. And when he did I took a breath as I expected him to be executed. But of course he was not, and that scene turned out to be a classic...for me at least. I was truly amazed when everyone started naming off the other films he has been in. I have seen far more of them than I would have remembered by myself. I suppose it is a testament to his acting skill that he blended in so well. Thanks for the name of the Documentary. I for one plan on checking it out. RIP.
Sept. 18, 2001, 1:35 p.m. CST
Sept. 18, 2001, 1:58 p.m. CST
a large part of movie magic nostalgia. he was in some of the greatest films in the eighties and the nineties. anytime he would appear, it was like a small golden nugget that brought me in deeper. a sense of connection just by recognition. very sad.
Sept. 18, 2001, 1:58 p.m. CST
Boy, what a bummer. My sympathies to his friends and family. Victor Wong will be sorely missed. I, like a lot of others on this talkback I'm sure, was captivated by this man as a child. I always felt he didn't get the props that he deserved from the mainstream hollywood. But we knew...I guess that's what's important. I think I'm gonna grab my nephew and watch a little bit of BTILC, and introduce him to the man I still think of as "Egg Shen". Good Luck Vic, you are gone but not forgotten!
Sept. 18, 2001, 2:03 p.m. CST
by All-ighty Ollar
ONe of teh greats. He will be missed a whole lot. EGG SHEN r00lz!!!
Sept. 18, 2001, 2:10 p.m. CST
yee shall be missed. You know I did appreciate The Prince of Darkness. It did effectively give me the creeps. However, since we have the SE DVD of Big Trouble - I'm gonna put it on and sit down and watch it. Bye bye, Victor. I'll be thinking of you..........
Sept. 18, 2001, 3:09 p.m. CST
We'll all miss you! You always brought a smile to my face when you appeared on screen.
Sept. 18, 2001, 4:10 p.m. CST
Sept. 18, 2001, 4:19 p.m. CST
It seems that sadness continues to overshadow our happiness. But, let's remember Victor Wong with great happiness. He has given us something that even with his death can never be taken away. Whether as Egg Shen or Dr. Edward Birack or my personal favorite the monk from the "Golden Child," you loved him for what he brought to the movie and that's what makes him such a great actor. So to all you I say that with his body of work and for the fact that he did these films should keep him in the minds and hearts of his fans and loved ones. Peace!
Sept. 18, 2001, 7:36 p.m. CST
Cripes, this is the last thing I needed to read right now. Beautiful eulogy, though, Harry. Especially that last bit (sniff). I'm going to have to rent The Golden Child. I haven't seen it since I was a little tyke and I'd clean forgotten that Victor was in it. You know, I keep thinking of Egg's last scene in Big Trouble in Little China. Forgive me if this isn't totally verbatim. "China's in the heart, Jack. Wherever I go, she's with me." Then he disappears into the mist.
Sept. 18, 2001, 8:40 p.m. CST
One of my all-time favorites, Victor Wong was a pleasure to watch in each film he was in. Thank God for the medium's immortality, and that we can always watch him. He was a marvelous actor, and seemed like such an endearing guy. I mean, he just sucks you into his performances so much, you feel like you know him (or at least that particular character) I'll definitely miss him. Rest in piece, Egg.
Sept. 18, 2001, 9:22 p.m. CST
by Eugene O
Sept. 21, 2001, 10:16 p.m. CST
The picture above of Egg Shen talking on the microphone on the bus tour was taken directly off of http://www.norcalmovies.com/BigTroubleInLittleChina/ No credit was given by Mr. Knowles, nor was it added later when the omission was pointed out to him.