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Big Trouble in Little China -- An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.
Big Trouble in Little China -- One of Lo Pan's men explodes after discovering that he's been killed.
Big Trouble in Little China -- Jack fights Lo Pan.
Big Trouble in Little China -- Jack Burton asks if anyone knows any English.
Big Trouble in Little China -- Two local gangs duke it out.

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2 July 1986 (USA) See more »
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An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kurt Russell ... Jack Burton

Kim Cattrall ... Gracie Law
Dennis Dun ... Wang Chi

James Hong ... David Lo Pan

Victor Wong ... Egg Shen

Kate Burton ... Margo

Donald Li ... Eddie Lee
Carter Wong ... Thunder

Peter Kwong ... Rain

James Pax ... Lightning
Suzee Pai ... Miao Yin

Chao Li Chi ... Uncle Chu
Jeff Imada ... Needles
Rummel Mor ... Joe Lucky
Craig Ng ... One Ear

June Kyoto Lu ... White Tiger (as June Kim)
Noel Toy ... Mrs. O'Toole
Jade Go ... Chinese Girl in White Tiger

Jerry Hardin ... Pinstripe Lawyer

James Lew ... Chang Sing #1

Jim Lau ... Chang Sing #2
Kenny Endoso ... Chang Sing #3 (as Ken Endoso)

Stuart Quan ... Chang Sing #4
Gary Toy ... Chang Sing #5
George Cheung ... Chang Sing #6
Jimmy Jue ... Wounded Chang Sing
Noble Craig ... Sewer Monster
Danny Kwan ... Chinese Guard
Min Luong ... Tara

Paul J.Q. Lee ... Chinese Gambler (as Paul Lee)

Al Leong ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man

Gerald Okamura ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man
William S. Wong ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man (as Willie Wong)
Eric Lee ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Yukio G. Collins ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Bill M. Ryusaki ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Brian Imada ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Nathan Jung ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man

Dan Inosanto ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man (as Daniel Inosanto)
Vernon Rieta ... Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Daniel Wong ... Wing Kong Security Guard
Daniel Lee ... Wing Kong Security Guard (as Daniel Eric Lee)
Lia Chang ... Female Wing Kong Guard

Diana Tanaka ... Female Wing Kong Guard (as Dian Tanaka)
Donna L. Noguschi ... Female Wing Kong Guard
Shinko Isobe ... Female Wing Kong Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William B. Snider ... Customs Agent (scenes deleted)

John Carpenter ... Worker in Chinatown (uncredited)

Dawna Lee Heising ... Chinese Guard (uncredited)

Leo Lee ... Fighter in Ally (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
Gary Goldman (written by) &
David Z. Weinstein (written by)

W.D. Richter (adaptation)

Produced by
Keith Barish .... executive producer
Larry J. Franco .... producer
Jim Lau .... associate producer
James Lew .... associate producer
Paul Monash .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
Alan Howarth 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Cundey 
 
Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich 
Mark Warner 
Edward A. Warschilka 
 
Casting by
Joanna Merlin 
 
Production Design by
John J. Lloyd 
 
Art Direction by
Les Gobruegge 
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson  (as George R. 'Bob' Nelson)
 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Chase .... makeup supervisor
Steve Johnson .... special makeup effects
Susan V. Kalinowski .... hair stylist (as Susan Kalinowski)
 
Production Management
James Herbert .... unit production manager
George E. Mather .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley .... second assistant director
Larry J. Franco .... first assistant director (as Larry Franco)
Tommy Lee Wallace .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Brent Boates .... production illustrator
Richard L. Cowitt .... assistant property master (as Richard Cowitt)
James M. Davis .... construction foreman (as Jim Davis)
Craig Edgar .... set designer
David Evans .... assistant property master
Kent H. Johnson .... property master
David Jonas .... production illustrator
Donald Krafft .... lead man
Johnny Lattanzio .... construction coordinator (as John Lattanzio)
James Lew .... martial arts choreographer
Larry McGuire .... lead man
Richard Morgan .... construction foreman
Ken Scaife .... construction foreman
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator
Steven Schwartz .... set designer (as Steve Schwartz)
Mark Siegel .... sculptor
Ed Verreaux .... production illustrator (as Edward Verreaux)
John Villarino .... construction foreman
Ron Ashmore .... paint gang boss (uncredited)
William 'W' Gilpin .... carpenter (uncredited)
Steven Kerlagon .... paint gang boss (uncredited)
Dave Margolin .... painter (uncredited)
Brieann Rich .... construction medic (uncredited)
Mark Sparks .... propmaker (uncredited)
Drew Struzan .... poster artist (uncredited)
Mike Villarino .... propmaker (uncredited)
Frank White .... laborer (uncredited)
Christopher Windisch .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Bassman)
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Kevin F. Cleary .... sound re-recording mixer
Monika Dorfman-Lightstone .... special sound effects editor
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Martin Dreffke .... special sound effects editor
David Fechtor .... special sound effects editor (as David A. Fechtor)
William Hartman .... sound effects supervisor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary 'Wrecker' Hecker)
Laja Holland .... special sound effects editor
Pieter Hubbard .... sound effects editor
David M. Ice .... sound effects editor (as David Ice)
Lenny Jennings .... sound effects editor
Eric Lindemann .... sound effects editor (as Eric Lindeman)
Gary Macheel .... sound synthesist
Anthony Milch .... special sound effects supervisor
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Glad Pickering .... adr editor
David A. Poole .... assistant adr editor (as David Poole)
Robert Renga .... sound recordist
Steve Rice .... adr editor
Hank Salerno .... supervising adr editor
Hal Sanders .... sound effects editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Darcy Vebber .... boom operator (as Darcey Vebber)
Bill Voigtlander .... adr editor (as Bill Voightlander)
David Williams .... special sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Stanley Amborn .... special effects assistant
Randy Cabral .... special effects technician
James Fredburg .... special effects foreman
James Kagel .... creature crew (as Jim Kagel)
Thaine Morris .... special effects foreman
Joseph A. Unsinn .... special effects coordinator (as Joseph Unsinn)
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects (uncredited)
Olov Nylander .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Backauskas .... visual effects optical line-up
Mat Beck .... camera operator: visual effects crew (as Matt Beck)
Peter Berman .... first assistant photographer: visual effects crew
Dale Brady .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Kevin Brennan .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Theresa Burkett .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Roberto Carlos .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Craig Caton .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Craig Clark .... special effects animator
Charles Cowles .... optical camera operator
Ken Diaz .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Richard Edlund .... visual effects producer
Robert Eyslee .... gaffer: visual effects crew
Alex R. Felix III .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Ed Felix .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Eric Fiedler .... first technician: Boss Film Studios
Eddie Garcia .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Screaming Mad George .... first technician: Boss Film Studios
Alan Harding .... optical camera operator
Rebecca Heskes .... technical animator (as Rebecca Petrulli Heskes)
George Jenson .... visual effects art director (as George Jensen)
Steve Johnson .... creature creator: Boss Film Studios
Ed Jones .... optical line-up
James Kagel .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Dave Kesley .... creature shop coordinator: Boss Film Studios
Makio Kida .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Neil Krepela .... matte department supervisor
Brad Kuehn .... optical line-up
Ron Macinnes .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Mary Mason .... optical coordinator
Dave Matherly .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects editor
Virgil Mirano .... still photographer: visual effects crew
Bill Neil .... director of photography: visual effects crew
James Nelson .... production advisor: visual effects crew
Lisa Nielsen .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Roberto Olivas .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Chris Regan .... optical supervisor: visual effects crew
Richard Ruiz .... chief effects moldmaker: Boss Film Studios
Wayne Strong .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Annick Therrien .... technical animation supervisor
Lynda Thompson .... visual effects production supervisor
Patrick Van Auken .... grip: visual effects crew
Paul Van Camp .... software programmer
Garry Waller .... special projects supervisor
Mary E. Walter .... optical line-up
Mark Bryan Wilson .... creature crew: Boss Film Studios
Randy Algoe .... visual effects (uncredited)
Sam Longoria .... engineer/machinist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kelly Akai .... stunts
T.K. Anthony .... stunts
Tom Bergman .... stunts
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts
David Cadiente .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Chuck Clarke .... stunts
Bob K. Cummings .... stunts (as Robert Cummings)
Debbi A. Davison .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Ellarye .... stunts
George Endoso .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunt coordinator
Ken Fritz .... stunts
Mark Giardino .... stunts
Kent Hays .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Bobby Itaya .... stunts
Denise Kellogg .... stunts
Conan Lee .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Ginger K. Miyazaki .... stunts
Jimmy Nickerson .... stunts (as James Nickerson)
Sherri Nickerson .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts
Bill Saito .... stunts
Steve Santo .... stunts
Dennis Scott .... stunts (as Dennis R. Scott)
Hayward Soo Hoo .... stunts
Leland Sun .... stunts
Tamiko .... stunts
Joe Tornatore .... stunts (as Joe A. Tornatore Jr.)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
Mike Washlake .... stunts
Dean Wein .... stunts
Jack West .... stunts (as Jack S. West)
Eddie Wong .... stunts
Harry Wong .... stunts
Joseph K. Wong .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... truck stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera
Ron Cardarelli .... key grip (as Ronald Cardarelli)
Jack Cooperman .... underwater director of photography
Larry D. Davis .... second assistant camera
John Donnelly .... best boy
J. Barry Herron .... underwater director of photography
Gary B. Kibbe .... camera operator (as Gary Kibbe)
George La Fountaine Jr. .... best boy
Thomas Marshall .... best boy
Steven Poster .... director of photography: second unit (as Steve Poster)
John R. Shannon .... still photographer
Raymond Stella .... camera operator (as Ray Stella)
Steve Tate .... first assistant camera
Mark Walthour .... gaffer
Charles Williams .... company grip (as Charles 'Tex' Williams)
Stefanie Wiseman .... film loader
Billy Craft .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Glenn Chaika .... animator (as Glen Chaika)
Margaret Craig-Chang .... assistant animator
Deborah Gaydos .... assistant animator (as Deborah Ann Gaydos)
Renee Holt .... assistant animator
Jeff Howard .... animator
Mauro Maressa .... animator
Samuel E. Recinos .... technical animator (as Samuel Recinos)
Peggy Regan .... animator
Eusebio Torres .... assistant animator
Kevin Kutchaver .... animator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Pamela Guest .... casting associate (as Pamela Rack)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oda Groeschel .... set costumer
Paul Lopez .... costumer: men
Michele Neely .... costumer: women
Lois DeArmond .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Nancy Froelich .... assistant editor
David Jansen .... apprentice editor
J.W. Kompare .... assistant editor
Ronald B. Moore .... effects editorial consultant (as Ronald Moore)
Steven Ramirez .... first assistant editor (as Steven E. Ramirez)
Ed Stabile .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Scott Grusin .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Steve Duncan .... transportation captain
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Rick Braverman .... driver (uncredited)
Dean E. Mason .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Susan Alpert .... production assistant (as Sue Alpert)
Christine Baer .... secretary to producer
Linda Brachman .... production consultant
Dale Brady .... creature crew
Kevin Brennan .... creature crew
Theresa Burkett .... creature crew
John Bush .... location manager: San Francisco
Allen Cappuccilli .... assistant: Ronald Moore
Roberto Carlos .... creature crew
Craig Caton .... creature crew
Kim-Kasey Costello .... assistant: Mr. Monash
Dan Curry .... title designer
Theresa Curtin .... assistant: Mr. Franco and Mr. Carpenter
Ken Diaz .... creature crew
Ken Dudderar .... precision cinetechnician
Al Ebner .... unit publicist
Alex R. Felix III .... creature crew (as Alex Felix)
Ed Felix .... creature crew
Eric Fiedler .... film technician
Paulette C. Fine .... production accountant (as Paulette Fine)
Eddie Garcia .... creature crew
Mary Sutton Hallmann .... production coordinator
Adam Hill .... creature effects moldmaker: Boss Films
Adam Hill .... puppeteer: Boss Films
Sandra Holden .... production secretary
Jerry Jeffress .... electronics
Steve Johnson .... creature design
David P. Kelsey .... creature shop coordinator
Makio Kida .... creature crew
Sandy King .... script supervisor
Harry Kohoyda Jr. .... production accountant (as Harry Kohoyda)
Daniel Kwan .... marketing coordinator
Jim Lau .... martial arts consultant
Robin Dean Leyden .... electronics
Ron Macinnes .... creature crew
Dave Matherly .... creature crew
Mark Matthews .... precision cinetechnician
Lesa Nielsen .... creature crew
Roberto Olivas .... creature crew
Pat Repola .... laboratory technician
Artist W. Robinson .... production consultant (as Artist Robinson)
Mindy Rothstein .... production administrator
Richard Ruiz .... chief effects mold maker
Dana Miller Schornstein .... assistant production coordinator
Jon Schreiber .... production assistant
Steven Shkolnik .... location manager: Los Angeles (as Steve Shkolnik)
Mark Siegel .... creature maker
Mark Siegel .... puppeteer
Peter J. Silbermann .... marketing supervisor
Wayne Strong .... creature crew
Gary Weddington .... assistant auditor
Mark West .... design engineer
Charles Whiteman .... chief engineer
Robert Wilcox .... electronics
Claire Wilson .... assistant: Richard Edlund
Mark Bryan Wilson .... creature crew
Adam Hill .... fiberglass statue caster: Paramount Studios (uncredited)
Adam Hill .... set sculptor/plasterer/caster: Fox Studios (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China" - USA (complete title)
"Ghost Hunters" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (special edition) | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:11 (2009) | Norway:16 (1986) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2001) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:PG (1986) (cut) | USA:PG-13 (No. 27922) | West Germany:12 (w)

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Trivia:
Kurt Russell suffered a bad case of the flu during shooting so the sweat on his body is real, caused by the fever.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the first stage of the fight between the Chang Sings and Wing Kongs in the alley, one of the fighters is hit to the ground and you can see the asphalt flex revealing the crash pad underneath.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Pinstripe lawyer:What I'd like to do today is get your version of what happened.
Egg Shen:Oh, you mean the truth.
Pinstripe lawyer:Of course. First, just state your name and your occupation for the record.
Egg Shen:Oh, Egg Shen. Bus driver.
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153 out of 170 people found the following review useful.
A B-Movie on purpose, and it's a beautiful thing, 25 October 2004
Author: rog21 (rburrell921@hotmail.com) from Austin, Texas

This movie occupied most my junior high years. Action, suspense, cheesy diaologue, and martial arts galore. What more could you ask for from a b-movie that is clearly a b-movie? Carpenter and the cast and crew must have had a blast on this film because I can't think of a single movie that combines some of my favorite things about movies: Action, comedy, violence, martial arts, and a small tour bus driver named Egg who also knows a little magic. Magic indeed. This is movie magic. Agree or disagree, you can't deny that Carpenter succeeded on all levels when he made this movie. Saturday matineeish? Yes. B-movie cheese? Yes. Pure movie-going fun? Absolutely. Watch and enjoy.

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