Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China

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Director: John Carpenter

Cast: John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun


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John Carpenter action comedy Big Trouble in Little China comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 4.0, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo, and a Spanish soundtrack is available in DolbySee more details below


John Carpenter action comedy Big Trouble in Little China comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer is preferable to the standard full-frame image. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 4.0, a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo, and a Spanish soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Mono. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Carpenter and the lead actor Kurt Russell, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid disc from 20th Century Fox, but hardcore fans may want to consider the double disc set that contains even more extras.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Long before Jackie Chan teamed up with Chris Tucker in Rush Hour, East met West on the big screen in director John Carpenter's celebration of everything chop-socky, Big Trouble in Little China. Carpenter mainstay Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a straight-shooting macho trucker -- is there any other kind? Burton and his old pal Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) head to the airport, where Chi's fiancée, Miao Yin (Suzee Pai), is due, and when she's kidnapped upon arrival, the adventure begins. Equipped with a trademark mullet hairdo and a one-liner for every occasion, Burton teams up with Chi and feisty, know-it-all attorney Gracie Law (Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall) for a rescue mission in Little China's seamy underground, a world ruled by martial arts and sorcery. The film uses kitsch and camp to supreme advantage, mocking the martial arts and action genres while simultaneously adoring and reinventing them. Among its truckload of extras, the two-disc Special Edition DVD includes deleted scenes, an extended ending, and an unforgettable audio commentary track with Russell and Carpenter discussing everything from learning to drive a rig in San Francisco to their children's hobbies. This chumminess is no surprise, as the old friends have worked together on several films, including the 1981 cult classic Escape from New York, its 1996 follow-up Escape from L.A., and 1982's The Thing. Packed with action and laughs, Big Trouble in Little China is a dizzying, hyperkinetic delight.
All Movie Guide
Kurt Russell has a great time doing his best John Wayne impersonation in Big Trouble in Little China, an enjoyably offbeat adventure tale from horror director John Carpenter. Borrowing its style from the Indiana Jones movies, Big Trouble is set in the underworld of Chinatown where centuries-old wars are fought with swords and sorcery. Picking up where his Snake Plissken left off in Escape from New York, Russell stars as a cocky, boisterous trucker who gets caught up in the madness. While the fight scenes are sharply choreographed and exciting, Carpenter maintains a humorous, tongue-firmly-in-cheek mood that has as many funny gags as it does duds. The supporting cast -- led by Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong (also in Carpenter's Prince of Darkness), and Kim Cattrall -- also appears to be having a good time with the material. The extensive special effects are not among the best of their time, but they are perfectly in keeping with the film's light tone. Highlights include several garish-looking creatures and excellent aging makeup work on the villain.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by John Carpenter & Kurt Russell; Interactive menus; Scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1); Pan & scan (1.33:1); English, French and Spanish audio; Spanish and English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Jack Burton
Kim Cattrall Gracie Law
Dennis Dun Wang Chi
James Hong Lo Pan
Victor Wong Egg Shen
Kate Burton Margo
Suzee Pai Miao Yin
Donald Li Eddie Lee
Carter Wong Thunder
Peter Kwong Rain
James Pax Lightning
Kenny Endoso Chang Sing
Danny Inosanto Actor
Donna L. Noguschi Female Wing Kong Guard
Sue Francis Pai Actor
Jeff Imada Needles
Rummel Mor Joe Lucky
Craig Ng One Ear
June Kim White Tiger
Noel Toy Mrs. O'Toole
Jade Go Chinese Girl in White Tiger
Jerry Hardin Pinstripe Lawyer
James Lew 1st Chang Sing
Jim Lau 2nd Chang Sing
Stuart Quan 4th Chang Sing
Gary Toy 5th Chang Sing
Jimmy Jue Wounded Chang Sing
Noble Craig Sewer Monster
Danny Kwan Chinese Guard
Min Luong Tara
Paul L.Q. Lee Chinese Gambler
Al Leong Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Gerald Okamura Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Willie Wong Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Eric Lee Wing Kong Security Guard
Bill M. Ryusaki Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Brian Imada Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Nathan Jung Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Daniel Wong Wing Kong Security Guard
Lia Chang Female Wing Kong Guard
Dian Tanaka Female Wing Kong Guard
Shinko isobe Female Wing Kong Guard
Chao Li Chi Uncle Chu
George Cheung 6th Chang Sing

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Keith Barish Executive Producer
Simone Boisseree Stunts
Janet Brady Stunts
David Cadiente Stunts
Ken Chase Makeup
Phil Chong Stunts
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Eddy Donno Stunts
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Ellarye Stunts
Kenny Endoso Stunts
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Franco Producer
Ken Fritz Stunts
Les Gobruegge Art Director
Gary Goldman Producer,Screenwriter
Alan Howarth Score Composer
Jeff Imada Stunts
Denise Kellogg Stunts
Jim Lau Associate Producer
Conan Lee Stunts
James Lew Associate Producer
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
Gary McLarty Stunts
Joanna Merlin Casting
Steve Mirkovich Editor
Paul Monash Executive Producer
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Scott Stunts
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Richard Warlock Stunts
Mark Warner Editor
Edward Warschilka Editor
Dean Wein Stunts
David Z. Weinstein Screenwriter
Eddie Wong Stunts
Harry Wong Stunts

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Big Trouble in Little China
1. The Truth About Magic [2:33]
2. The Pork Chop Express [2:33]
3. Nothing or Double [1:11]
4. Miao Yin [2:16]
5. The Airport [1:21]
6. Son of a Bitch Must Pay [:09]
7. Little China [2:38]
8. The Funeral [1:14]
9. Chinese Stand-Off [1:03]
10. The Storms [:14]
11. China is Here [2:39]
12. The White Tiger [2:07]
13. Re-Abducted [:15]
14. Plan B [4:11]
15. Wing Kong Exchange [:38]
16. Mr. Egg Shen [2:57]
17. Elevator to Hell [2:12]
18. Metaphysical Salad Bar [:43]
19. Hell of the Upside-Down Sinners [1:42]
20. The Other David Lo Pan [2:03]
21. Thunder's Guided Tour [1:14]
22. Myths and Legends [:43]
23. Lo Pan's Lament [:55]
24. Freeing the Captives [:49]
25. We May Be Trapped [1:41]
26. Two Girls With Green Eyes [:50]
27. Plan C [3:15]
28. Lo Pan Don Juan [1:51]
29. The Bog of the Dead Trees [3:24]
30. The Burning Blade [2:06]
31. It Will Come Out No More! [4:55]
32. More Bad News [:15]
33. The Spirit Path [3:01]
34. Here Comes the Groom [1:49]
35. Time For the Medicine [:06]
36. Crashing the Party [1:05]
37. Orient Meets Accident [1:32]
38. The Way of All Flesh [1:37]
39. Heavy Thunder [1:02]
40. Lightning Strikes [2:27]
41. 6.9 on the Richter Scale [1:22]
42. Order Out of Chaos [1:08]
43. Dark and Stormy Night [:45]
44. End Credits [2:54]

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