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Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 2 July 1986 (USA)
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A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiance from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown.

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John Carpenter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

2 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723,211, 6 July 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,100,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Carpenter was not entirely satisfied with Boss Film Studios, the company in charge of the film's visual effects. According to him, they took on more projects than they could handle, and some effects for the film had to be cut down. Richard Edlund, head of Boss Film Studios, said that there were no difficulties with the company's workload, and that Big Trouble was probably its favorite film at the time, with the exception of Ghostbusters (1984). The effects budget for the film was just under two million dollars, which Edlund said was barely adequate. See more »

Goofs

When Jack and Wang are tied to the wheelchairs Jack's chair has wooden slats and it is facing the door where Wang's chair has a straw back, but when they make their escape and Jack rolls down the ramp Wang's straw backed chair is replaced with Jack's wooden slat chair. 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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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was passed as PG, with a cut made to Kurt Russell's line of 'Fuck It!". The 15-rated video version restored the profanity, but was cut by 9 secs with edits made to the fight between the clans. The 2002 DVD release features the uncut version with all cuts waived by the BBFC. See more »


Soundtracks

Big Trouble in Little China
Written by John Carpenter
Performed by The Coupe de Villes
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Intentionally campy
7 March 2006 | by tomimtSee all my reviews

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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