Tom Jolevy on long-awaited childhood idol and his triumphant return…
Growing up in the ’80s, I was delighted with great movies. I’ve loved all kinds of movies, from children’s adventure films to movies like movies finisher And Die hard Which I really shouldn’t be watching. Many of the idols who grew up were adult figures. It was Indiana Jones or Han Solo, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone in various guises, or Dolph Lundgren (yeah you heard me…he was the man!!).
What about the young children you might have felt most connected to? Well, not much. Perhaps it was an abundance of favorites with a young heroine, such as A maze. Contrary to the feeling that Jennifer Connelly was an imaginary mate I’d love to have, she was my first crush. There were other children, but sometimes they were excessively precocious, or they didn’t have that expressed charisma. In fact, Macaulay Culkin will be in Home Alone, Or a passing tribute to the Coreys who then thought the kid of the movie was cool.
Before connecting to the Mac, there was one movie kid. I’ll tell you who was the coolest kid in the mid-’80s…
In isolation, that would have been the case, but Ke Huy Quan (aka Jonathan Ke Quan) wasn’t just data in foolswas short-lived in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. For me, growing up and watching those movies, probably being introduced to both of them within a very short amount of time, that kid was the coolest. Goonie has been my favourite. It was also a young conduit for this angelic boy here (or potentially new Damian) to Indiana Jones, the most badass hero of the era. Kids haven’t been on adventures with the likes of Indy for the most part, but Short Round was an exception.
When viewing in retrospect, there is always a risk that what was once amazing may now be disturbing. Especially the idea of a child sidekick in the adventure movie. child in golden childor Ernie Reyes Jr. in Red Sonya… yeah, kinda annoying. in Temple of deathWonderful short tour. He also enjoys immunity from disturbance. This shot of vaccine comes in the form of Kate Capshaw’s character squirming and screaming her way through the movie. Any notion that Ke Huy Quan is an annoying kid, pulling the film down gets thrown out the window. Then there’s the Emperor’s Child, who is a total douche (played as such, of course).
Short tour can drive a car. He knew kung fu. He got in on the action and actually proved useful in Indy’s quests. Let’s face it, Short Round is an upgrade for Marcus (played brilliantly by Denholm Elliott) who stumbled and stumbled into The last crusade, which proves the inconvenience of constantly searching. Short Round was a little hero to me, so imagine how much of an icon he might be for those of Asian heritage growing up?
While the movie itself is dated with a lot of racial stereotypes, Short Round manages to avoid many of them (because some Indian stereotypes are unfortunate to say it to put it mildly) but in the end, its actual impact on the film and the co-starring acts trump such The pains. for his mistakes, Temple of death Still a good fun filled ride.
in fools, A childhood staple, playing Quan Data. See, I loved all the jerks. I’ve always enjoyed Corey Feldman in the ’80s, in part because he appeared so much in so many blockbusters. Each character has their own unique quirks. The other two comic characters are, of course, Data and Chunk. I was always fascinated by the crazy inventions of Data, like many kids of course. The mechanics captivated me and I enjoyed their inevitable crashes.
This was a kid with a grappling hook in his teeth, a retractable boxing glove for long distances, high-powered 5-second flashlights (“the only problem is the batteries don’t last long”) and a gift for the comic entrance. Again, in an age of truly dated stereotypes, the data comes off lightly, but as with many things in this era, the context of the time has to be considered.
Once again, the data proves its value. He, like the rest, is having his moment in the sun. He has those heroic moments. Said business will be accompanied by a distinct data subject as well and constructed as private. In part, the goal was to build use of his devices before the often inevitable failure, but what was so compelling about Data, especially at the time for an impressionable young kid, was his willingness to keep trying and never stop believing in Contraindications
So what happened to Quan next? For me, I never even saw him again Encino Man Then for a while it seemed to be the end of his career. Parts weren’t coming. Like many child stars, success at a young age did not automatically translate into success later and would have been much more difficult for a non-white actor. With Encino ManQuan was playing a hollow-feeling archetype, the type that probably represented most of what he was being offered at the time (the socially awkward, bookish Asian student for example).
It was upon seeing the success of the bombing Crazy Rich Asians Kwan felt compelled to return to acting. with only a small part in 1997 and another in 2002 after that Encino Manis finally back with Netflix Find Ohanaa solid comeback but it was the next film that proved transcendent for Quan; Everything everywhere at once.
First, at its core, it is the story of Chinese immigrants making a life for themselves in America and the inherent struggles and hard work required to do so. It is also a slapstick comedy and multiverse science fiction work with gags. It gave a major role to an actress who has often been neglected for what she deserves least, that of a leading lady. Michelle Yeoh proved revelatory and was killing it during award season. It’s a testament to decades of enduring great work and never-ending neglect.
Then there is Quan. For many, this was the first triumphant return to the Data/Short Round screen. In fact, this is the first significant role he’s played in something so big since 1985’s Data. Quan was a revelation. It amazed me even when watching it in the cinema. This is Hollywood at its finest. It’s a comeback kid, a feel-good resurrection story.
Even despite Waymond’s humility and emotional arcs as a character, I could feel my heart strings tugging at the fact that Data was back. This once-child token is back in the game, getting his due as a (now) 50-year-old man. The best part is that he still has a youthful vigor and a certain charm in many scenes (a few shades of statements/a short run), offset by emotional maturity. Like his earlier triumphant heroes in childhood adventure stories, Quan still plays the good, unflinching character. Fixed positive character (which becomes a key point in Everything is everywhere).
Finally, when Ke Huy Quan took to the stage to collect the Golden Globes (I admit it brought a tear or two), it was award season’s feel-good moment. All that was required now was to be recognized by the Academy. You might also feel, like, recognition. For years this wonderful actor was either overlooked or confined to background decor. Hollywood may have admitted they made Ke Huy Quan wrong in the years after his breakout. Let it never happen again.
Tom Jolliffe is an award-winning screenwriter and passionate cinephile. He has a number of films worldwide, including When Darkness Falls and many more coming out soon, including big screen versions of Renegades (Lee Majors, Danny Trejo, Michael Pare, Tiny Lister, Nick Moran, Patsy Kensit, Ian Ogilvy and Billy Murray) and War of the Worlds: Onslaught (Vincent Regan). Find more information in the best personals site you will ever see here.