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Big Trouble in Little China


“I'm a reasonable guy. But, I've just experienced some very unreasonable things.”

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Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), a himbo long-haul trucker with his heart in mostly the right place, finds himself caught up in a mythic battle between good and evil when his gambling buddy Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) recruits him to find the supernatural villain Lo Pan (the legendary James Hong). Lo Pan is under a terrible curse, one that can only be broken by a very specific girl with green eyes— and to that end his powerful henchmen have kidnapped Miao Yin (Suzee Pai), Wang Chi's fianceé. The quest to rescue the girl and prevent Lo Pan achieving ultimate power will take the lads (plus Kim Cattrall as a plucky investigative reporter) on a wild odyssey through and under San Francisco's Chinatown.

Why You Should See This Film

Cursed objects, diabolical traps, kung fu and weird monsters— Big Trouble in Little China has it all. While the studio made every effort in promotions to centre Kurt Russell as the hero of this piece, Jack Burton spends most of the movie lost and confused while far more capable people save the day. Easily John Carpenter's most upbeat work featuring his jazziest score (composed and performed alongside his band, The Coupe De Villes), this zingy little adventure is the comforting cinematic equivalent of a pepperoni pizza and 2.5 beers.

John Carpenter
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong
100 minutes

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