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Films to See Before You Die: #90 Big Trouble in Little China


Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong

Synopsis: Trucker Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) arrives in San Fransisco’s Chinatown to play some cards with his best friend Wang (Dennis Dun) after playing all night Jack has taken everyone’s money including Wang’s. In order to get paid Burton must first go with Wang to the Airport to pick up his fiancee Miao Yin where she is eventually kidnapped by a dangerous Chinatown gang. After they go to resue her they run into David Lo Pan (James Hong) a 2000 year old cursed sorcerer then Jack’ truck is stolen. They continue to try and rescue her with the help of Gracie Law ( Kim Cattrall) and and old mystic Egg Shen. In order to stop Lo Pan they must break into his factory and stop him from marrying Miao Yin.

Trivia: The Brides of Lo Pan must have green eyes. Yet both Kim Cattrall and Suzee Pai had brown eyes in real life. Both wore green contacts for the movie. This is very obvious in the hi-def version of the movie.

Why I think you should see this: This is the third pairing of John Carpenter and Kurt Russell and it is by far the most fun a semi spoof of the old martial arts films. In my opinion some director actor combos just work and  that is true of Kurt Russell and John Carpenter they did four films together and three of them are spectacular where as one (Escape from L.A.) isn’t great its still fun to watch. This movie is very fun to watch and I recommend this to any Kurt Russell or John Carpenter fan.


About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

3 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #90 Big Trouble in Little China

  1. One Of The Most Fun Flicks EVER!
    My Nephew And I LOVE To Kick-It-Back And Watch Our JACK BURTON!!!
    Very Cool, Sir!

  2. Another bit of Trivia is that two of the characters from the game Mortal Combat were modelled after the villains in this movie.

  3. Love this movie, especially the very end.

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