As we’ve shown time and time again, after RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) became a worldwide hit, everyone with a camera and a fedora was doing an imitation. Not to be left out was the burgeoning Hong Kong film industry. And while we never got a straight up scene for scene rip-off, those crazy Chinese made sure to work some archeological adventure into their films.
remain inside a UFO control booth (amazingly, it has left a recorded message for visitors in a modern language). Everyone throws down in the brawl until Russian badguy Karov gets sucked into another dimension. Wait a sec…aliens, magic crystals, spaceships and a Russian getting zapped into a vortex? This is INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL! Seriously, did LucasFilm screen this one? If they did, they thankfully left out all the bad comedy (well, maybe). Like all flicks by Wong Jing (who also co-stars as a “funny” sidekick), this is filled with awwwwful comedy for the first hour. How bad? The comedic “highlight” is the crystal switching the hands and feet of a doofus.