Big Trouble In Little China Movie Review

Big Trouble In Little China

It's all in the reflexes...
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Egg Shen shows his powers....


Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong

Victor Wong (III), Kate Burton, Chao Li Chi, Jade Go, Jerry Hardin, Jeff Imada, Peter Kwong, Donald Li, June Kyoto Lu, Rummel Mor, Craig Ng, Suzee Pai, James Pax, Noel Toy, Carter Wong Update Cast


Look for John Carpenter making a cameo appearance!

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Big Trouble in Little China was to be originally set as a western, circa late 19th century. It's true! Jack Burton was to be a cowboy, who rode in to San Fransisco only to get his horse stolen. Similar to 'Big Trouble's' Jack Burton getting his truck stolen. While trying to get the horse back, he stumbles in to the Ancient Chinese Underground.

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A classic kung-fu action / fantasy film by Escape from New York director John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell as the ineffable Jack Burton, a John Wayne-esque truck driver with an affinity for big trouble in San Francisco Chinatown.

Where to begin... Jack Burton (Russell) is "a reasonable guy" who will experience "some very unreasonable things." The film opens with Jack as he drives through the pelting rain to to Chinatown in "The Pork Chop Express," his beloved Freightliner Truck, spouting some of the most memorable CB lines since Smokey and the Bandit.

After delivering his payload, Jack meets up with his old buddy Wang Chi (Dunn). Following a gambling frenzy, Jack wins a bet against Wang, and offers to accompany him to the airport to pick up Wang's Chinese girlfriend, Miao Yin, before collecting his winnings. At the airport, Jack encounters a mysterious lawyer (Cattrall) and witnesses Wang's girlfriend get kidnapped by vicious street thugs with funky 80's goggles.

Soon, Jack and Wang are in pursuit, leading up to an amazing fight sequence in an alley reminiscent of Akira Kirosawa's Ran. Then the mystical "Three Storms" arrive (Think Mortal Kombat), followed by the Ultimate Evil Spirit, Mr. David Lo Pan (Hong). This "Ten foot tall roadblock" with light coming out of his mouth is more than Jack and Wang can handle, and are forced to flee, abandoning both Wang's girlfriend and Jack's truck.

Jack and Wang employ the help of a sorcerer and tour bus driver, Egg Shen (Wong), along with others in an effort to conquer the forces of evil, rescue Miao Yin, retrieve the Pork Chop Express, and put an end to all that trouble.

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An excellent 80's movie for its kung fu action, memorable tongue in cheek lines, weird monsters, inflating people, and a 2000 year old man who cackles "Indeed!" Best to see it with lots of friends, at parties, while heavily inebriated, or all of the above!

Great humor and kung fu action.
Some say a bit too "campy"

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Key Crew

Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein, W.D. Richter
Producers: Keith Barish, Larry J. Franco, Jim Lau, James Lew, Paul Monash
Locations Manager: John Bush, Steven Shkolnik

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Release Date: 02 Jul 1986
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Production: TAFT Entertainment Pictures, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Genre: Martial Arts

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