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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Playing in a manner that can be conservatively described as larger than life, Kurt Russell plays a macho truck driver who agrees to go to the San Francisco airport and pick up his friend's (Dennis Dun) fiancee (Suzee Pai, freshly arrived from China. Suddenly, a gang of Chinatown toughs kidnap the girl right before Russell's eyes. After a wild chase sequence, Russell…  See more details below


Playing in a manner that can be conservatively described as larger than life, Kurt Russell plays a macho truck driver who agrees to go to the San Francisco airport and pick up his friend's (Dennis Dun) fiancee (Suzee Pai, freshly arrived from China. Suddenly, a gang of Chinatown toughs kidnap the girl right before Russell's eyes. After a wild chase sequence, Russell discovers that the girl has been abducted by a genuine, bonafide sorceror (James Hong), the ghost of a 3000 year old warlord. And that's just for starters.

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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.
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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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Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell; Deleted scene; Vintage featurette; Music video; Richard Edlund interview; Trailers and TV spots; Behind-the-scenes gallery

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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Big Trouble in Little China 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It boggles the mind that this film is not availableon DVD with commentary from Russell and Carpenter. This film (one of my personal favorites of all time) is one of the funniest movies you will ever see. Russell is (as usual) superb as Jack Burton, a swaggerring Han Solo who has an unknowing streak of Lou Costello in him. Dennis Dun gives a tremendous performance as Wang -- and one has to wonder why he hasn't been cast in many more features. Dun is a refreshing Asian-American hero whose character isn't bogged down with sterotypical accents or language troubles. Carpenter doesn't need cheap laughs, he earns millions of them here. Kim Catrall helps complete the cast as Gracie Law, a character drawn to be the ultimate cliched do-gooder. Get this film now and enjoy the best action-ciomedy made to date.
josephh49 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this movie since its release. Had it on tape, have it on blu-ray now. Terrific story, acting and larger than life characters. Dennis Dun is terrific, Kim Cattrall is perfect as the reporter, and Kurt Russell is over the top as Jack Burton. There's a reason you can buy Pork Chop Express T-shirts online 25 years after the movie was released. HIGHLY recommended, great fun movie. Give it a try, you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie for any true 80's movie fan. The characters are great(especially the evil chinese dude)and it's combo of action and humor is perfect.
splatypus More than 1 year ago
this is one of the most enjoyable not to be taken too seriously martial arts monster flicks ever made! Kurt Russell puts in a stellar performance as do Kim Cattrell and all the wonderful actors in this movie! have seen it many times and still laugh like crazy
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I was expecting big things from this film for two reasons: one, everybody who had seen this movie had something positive to say about it, usually consisting of the word 'classic'. Also, it was on my friend's free movies list from his cable provider, and the three we had watched before were very satisfying. This movie is incredibly stupid. I laughed a bit in the beginning/middle, but towards the end it just got horrible. The whole plot seems moronic to me. Two guys play poker, essentially one owes the other about $1,500, but first they go to the airport to pick up his fiance who just flew in from China. She gets kidnapped at the gate, and taken to be sold. She then gets taken again by these Raven-from-Mortal-Kombat impersonatrs who value her green eyes. After this it is just pointless out-numbered battle after another leading to a very predictable outcome. I gave it 2/5, almost a 3/5, because there were parts &amp quot like I said, near the beginning&amp quot that were funny. But since my expectations were pretty high, it was nowhere near what I was hoping for. I'd recommend to see it just so you can say you have, but I'd never suggest paying for it.