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Big Trouble In Little China Behind The Scenes

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Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1986 Martial Arts movie starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun et al.
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Though the outdoor sets look real, 90 of them were actually built on Fox sound stages, including Chinatown.
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The martial arts expert James Lew, who also plays one of the Chang Sing took part in choreographing the film's extraordinary stunts and fight scenes.
Contributed by: politeintruder
Kurt Russell's performance in Big Trouble In Little China is apparently a homage to John Wayne.
Contributed by: Willie D.
The scene where Jack Burton falls back into the wheel chair and rolls down a very long sloping hallway was actually done using forced perspective.

The hallway was perfectly level and the wheel chair was pulled backward on a track. Camera angles and creative set construction did the rest.
Contributed by: Willie D.
Kim Cattrall would put in her green contacts at the very last minute, 15 minutes before shooting started, because they were very painful and it took 15 minutes for her eyes to stop watering and for her to be ready to shoot.
Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
Alternate Versions
Sometimes, there will be several versions of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may release a special cut of the movie.
Contributed by: 80'sRocked
There was an alternate version with an added ending scene (found on the directors cut DVD) where at the very end, Kurt Russel, in his truck again, finds the 3 punks from the beginning of the movie sitting in their sports car by the docks. He then drives forward, smashing into their car and pushing it and them, into the sea. This ending was abandoned after test screening viewers thought it was "Too vengeful."
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The UK cinema version was passed as PG, with a cut made to Kurt Russell's line of 'F**k It!". The 15-rated video version restored the profanity, but was cut by 9 secs with edits made to the fight between the clans. The 2002 DVD release features the uncut version with all cuts waived by the BBFC.
Big Trouble In Little China