Big Trouble in Little China
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A cult favorite (and one of director John Carpenter's personal favorites), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is a fantasy-action film that is brilliantly imaginative, funny, and absorbing. Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco's Chinatown. An ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crimelord has kidnapped a beautiful green-eyed woman, who is the fiancee to Jack's best friend. Jack must help his friend rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit. Carpenter uses all the best elements of martial arts films, 1940s old action serials, Chinese mythology and straight-forward American adventure to make up a tale wild with imagination. Kurt Russell is wonderful as the brash, brave, and reluctant hero Jack Burton, who is hysterically out of place in this world of magic potions, goblins and curses. A visually stunning work that ranks as one of Carpenter's best films.
Main Cast & Crew
John Carpenter - Director
Kurt Russell stars in this action fantasy about a wisecracking trucker who attempts to rescue his friend's fiancee from a 2,000-year-old magician who lives beneath San Francisco's Chinatown. He must battle demons, goblins and other terrors as he makes his way through the magician's dark domain.
Theatrical release: July 2, 1986. Though the outdoor sets look real, 90% of them, including Chinatown, were actually built on Fox sound stages. The martial arts expert who developed Jun Fan kick-boxing for the legendary Bruce Lee took part in choreographing the film's extraordinary stunts and fight scenes. When the character of Lightning is killed by a falling boulder, he forms a Chinese symbol. The symbol means "carpenter," the last name of the director. The script for BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA originally began as a sequel to THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI, but was re-written when director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell took over the project.
"...Carpenter is conspicuously with it....An upscale send-up..." - 07/02/1986 New York Times, p.C29
"...[The] costuming, sets, stunts and special visual effects by Richard Edlund are particularly lavish..." - 07/02/1986 Variety