"Who am I?
"I can't hear you."
"The Shogun of Harlem"
"Catches bullets with his teeth?
Catches bullets with his teeth? N-gga please!"
"I thought it would be a great idea to get me a body guard. You know, someone to guard my body."
"Kiss my CONVERSE!"
"Direct a your feetza to daddy greens pizza."
"Can you teach me some moves?"
If you don't remember any of those lines from a famous 80's movie, then you must have been born too early or born to late. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. Maybe not for any Oscar winning performances but definitely for it being relevant to my life. For it introducing my tender 10-year old mind to people that looked like me, had my skin color, and had my same taste in music.
The mere mention of Bruce Lee-Roy and the Shogun of Harlem makes me go racing for a kimono, some chopsticks to eat my popcorn and a comb to tease my hair to its highest height. (Yes... I am the Kung Fu Fighter in the picture! LOL...)
What girl, born between 1972 and 1978, didn't want to be Vanity and be the host of her own dance show called 7th Heaven? Even if she couldn't sing that well, she was clad with typical 80's hair, fashion and makeup. She introduced America to Debarge's Rhythm of the Night. Memories, I say! Memories!
I don't know what reminded me of that movie last Saturday but I sure did surf to Amazon to purchase the DVD. I can't wait til it gets here. I know the movie almost line by line. Scene by scene. I know every song, every fight scene.
Okay so my favorite scene is probably the one I posted below. Thanks to YOUTUBE! Watch the first minute or so, if you have the time.
It's the happy ending! It's an ending we all dream about. Guy gets the girl and girl gets the guy, the bad people are banished, and all is well in Smallville. Smokie and Syreeta seal it with one of my all time favorite love songs, First Time On A Ferris Wheel. Guy and girl hug and get lifted off to 7th Heaven. **sigh** I love it! While many girls my age were dreaming of being Cinderella, I was wishing to be Vanity waiting for a Prince Charming that looked like Taimak. LOL... Lucky me cuz a couple years later, Taimak gets cast in Janet Jackson's video Let's Wait Awhile and I get to lay my eyes on him again!
Were you watching this movie in 1985? What were you up to in '85? And... what's the name of the movie?