Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancée Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Production Designer John J. Lloyd designed the elaborate underground sets and re-created Chinatown with three-story buildings, roads, streetlights, sewers, and so on. This was necessary for the staging of complicated special effects and kung fu fight sequences that would have been very hard to do on location. This forced the filmmaker to shoot the film in fifteen weeks with a 25 million dollar budget. See more »
Jack and Wang Chi change places as they chase the punks at the airport parking lot. When we see them from the back Wang is on the right (close up on back of his jacket. Then we cut to a frontal view and he is still on the right of the screen, while he should be on the left. See more »
There is an alternate version with an added ending scene (found in the directors cut DVD), where after the story is finished, Kurt Russel, in his truck again, finds the 3 punks from the beginning of the movie sitting in their sports car by the docks. He then decidedly drives forward, smashing into their car and throwing it, with them inside, into the sea. This ending was removed from the theatrical version, being donned as "Too vengeful" after test screens. See more »
Adjust your brains before watching Big Trouble In Little China; see it's one of those films, that, even tough nicely directed, are openly very silly in every aspect. Now after you've adjusted your brains in the correct receiving mode you might even enjoy this testosterone adventure of a trucker, who is trying to save his truck among other things.
Jack Burton (Kurt Russel) is a truck driver, whose truck get stolen by group of eeevil thugs, who serve LoPan (James Hong), who also kidnaps the wife (Suzee Pai) to be of Jack's friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun). The purpose would be to get the truck and the girl back. Oh, and to but more twist in it a lawyer Gracie (Kim Cattrall) gets kidnapped too.
There is something intentionally bad about the creatures used in the film. It all seems to be so intentionally planned as a B movie, that you can only give kudos to director John Carpaneter for making the film this way. He could have tried to turn this porridge into something serious, but luckily he didn't and the campy values of the film give it a nice layer of comedy.
Sure, it's not the greatest film ever conceived, but if you take it as it is, you won't be disappointed with it.
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