Eddie Murphy plays a detective with a speciality of finding lost children. He is told he is the 'Chosen one' who will find and protect the Golden Child, a Bhuddist mystic who was kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Murphy disbelieves the mysticism but finds more and more evidence of demon worship as he investigates. Written by
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Although the Golden Child is referred to as a boy throughout the film, J.L. Reate is actually a girl. See more »
When Kee Nang is "dead" and can be revived only as long as sunlight shines on her body, she is covered in a cheesecloth-like shroud. However, when The Golden Child lifts her foot into the sunlight, her foot is bare - even though there is no evidence that anyone unwrapped the shroud around her foot. See more »
Tell me about the Golden Child.
Every thousand generations, a perfect child is born, a Golden Child. He has come to rescue us.
Rescue us from what?
He is the bringer of compassion. If he dies, compassion will die with him.
So, if something happens to the kid, the whole world goes to hell?
The world will become hell.
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An enjoyable and amusing fantasy, well worth watching
I first saw this movie on television some years ago and frankly loved it. Charles Dance makes one of the most terrifying villains anyone can imagine. His sophistication is such a perfect contrast to the crudely good hero. I have never been much of an Eddie Murphy fan but find his irritating portrayal here a winner: a bit of "Axel Foley Through the Looking Glass". Charlotte Lewis is, to utilize a hackneyed phrase but the only one applicable, luminously gorgeous. Some scenes are wonderfully created: the dream sequence, the bird, the silly fight scenes, and the climactic confrontation. Through it all Murphy is the modern man suddenly dropped into an oriental myth, a stunned and quieter version of Kurt Russell in his oriental fantasy romp. Like that movie we have James Hong, the incomparable actor whose scenes, however short, raise the quality even of Derek. Since 1955 Hong has defined the fine supporting actor, the "class act" of his profession. "The Golden Child" is silly; it is not perfect; but it has so many redeeming features that it is an enjoyable and amusing fantasy, well worth watching. After four years I have seen "The Golden Child" again; I enjoyed it even more! It truly is great fun.
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