Big Trouble in Little China

1986

Action / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy

76
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 107835

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

Kurt Russell as Jack Burton
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Wing Kong Man - Extra
Kim Cattrall as Gracie Law
John Carpenter as Worker in Chinatown
720p.BLU
758.53 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 39 min
P/S 4 / 43

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Spikeopath 8 / 10

Ol' Jack always says... what the hell?

Out of 20th Century Fox, Big Trouble in Little China is directed by John Carpenter and stars Kurt Russell, Kim Catrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong & Victor Wong. The adaptation is by W.D. Richter with the screenplay from Gary Goldman & David Z. Weinstein. Dean Cundey photographs and Alan Howarth doubles up with Carpenter for the musical score.

Truck driver Jack Burton (Russell) agrees to take his friend Wang Chi (Dun) to pick up his fiancée at the airport. Little does he know that he is about to get involved in a supernatural battle between good and evil beneath San Francisco's Chinatown district.

A box office failure on its release, and known to be the moment when John Carpenter gave up on Hollywood, Big Trouble in Little China has gathered "cult" momentum over the years and shows up rather well these days. Blending Chinese mysticism with chop-schlocky adventure, Carpenter's movie is at once daft but also a ball of energetic fun; propelled by a handsome, but inept, action hero. Carpenter had always wanted to tackle a martial arts movie, and here he gets to do it whilst laying on the comedy and playing with effects as his movie mostly comes alive in a magical underworld of monsters, magicians and sexy green eyed women.

It's evident now that the film was ahead of its time, not from a technical viewpoint, but from the point it tried to Americanise chopsocky. This is some time before Chinese style wire-work and mythology became common to Hollywood, one has to believe that Tarantino was nodding approvingly around about then. It's also worth noting that although this "American" movie has an American beefcake as its main protagonist, it's the Asian Americans who actually are the heroes of the piece, with Dun's sidekick the stand out hero as Russell's Burton bumbles his way from one sequence to the next. It was a bold move by Carpenter to structure the narrative that way, one that annoyed the executives at Fox and kept the paying public bemused. It's easy to see why the film failed, contrast it with the similarly themed Eddie Murphy movie, The Golden Child, from the same year, which was a box office success. There the public got what they wanted (or what they were used too), the standard American hero fluff where Murphy saves the day and gets the girl.

Carpenter dared to be different and had fun along the way, as did his cast. It may have taken a decade of VHS and DVD releases to prove he was right, but right he was, Big Trouble in Little China is a damn fine movie. Russell plays it meat head style, with swagger in tow and tongue stuck in cheek. Nicely toned physique for the girls to enjoy, and making vest wearing cool two years before Willis did in Die Hard. Cattrall is wonderfully alluring, red lips and green eyes shimmering bright in a world of color; and boys, look out for her wet scene, it's wolf whistle time! Dun is likable and athletic, while Hong as Lo Pan gives the action/adventure genre a truly memorable villain. The film is briskly paced and not found wanting in the set piece department either. Not all the effects are high grade, but in a film with such zestful comic book traditions at heart, it hardly matters a jot. With a great DVD package doing it justice, Carpenter's movie is now, at long last, getting the appreciative audience it deserves. Amen to that. 8/10

Reviewed by Alexandra Costa 9 / 10

Still holds up!

I hadn't seen this movie before, I just watched it today and I had a blast! It was fun, still holds up to this day imo!

Reviewed by chlump 10 / 10

Perfect balance of action and humor

Big Trouble in Little China is a great achievement. I've always loved this movie and shared it with those that haven't seen it. It is the perfect blend of action and humor. The movie seems to know itself so well that it walks a difficult line between parody and true action-adventure very skillfully. Kudos to John Carpenter, the tone of this movie shows an incredibly well honed sense of humor and timing.

I laugh every time I see the show, I haven't found a friend yet who doesn't add it to their list of favorites after seeing it.

I think those that don't like it shouldn't leave reviews, unless they like putting in writing that they don't have a sense of humor. I swear it is like the Meyers-Briggs type indicator test, just instead it tests for the sense of humor required to understand and love this movie. If you don't love it, you don't have that type of a sense of humor.

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