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Once you settle into the realization that this 1986 John Carpenter (Halloween) film is not going to be one of the director's more masterful works,Big Trouble in Little China just becomes a full-tilt comic blast. Kurt Russell is hilarious as a drawling, would-be John Wayne hero who steps into the middle of a supernatural war in the heart of Chinatown. While kung fu warriors and otherworldly spirits battle over the fate of two women (Kim Cattrall and Suzee Pai), Russell's swaggering idiot manages to knock himself out or underestimate the forces he's dealing with. The whole thing is dopey, but it's supposed to be dopey and Russell's game performance brings an ironic edge. Carpenter directs some nifty spook effects (the sudden arrival of three martial arts demigods from out of nowhere is worth applause), and he also wrote the music.--Tom Keogh
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CastKurt Russell, Victor Wong, Kim Cattrall, Kate Burton, James Hong, Dennis Dun
DirectorJohn Carpenter
Genre:  Action, Adventure
Release Date:  1986
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
Screen WriterDavid Z. Weinstein, Gary Goldman, W.D. Richter
Runtime:  100 minutes
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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review by . June 13, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Big Trouble in Little China fits the definition of a cult film. Not popular on its initial release - being blocked by other summer films of 1986 such as ALIENS - it has since developed a following which it most certainly deserves. John Carpenter purposely made this a B-movie and I commend him for that, because it certainly is a blast and the chemistry between characters with Kurt Russell at the center is mostly entertaining.     The plot revolves around an ancient feud between …
review by . September 07, 2006
Pros: A load of fun to watch - they just don't make 'em like this anymore.     Cons: Nyah-ha! Nothing if you don't want there to be.     The Bottom Line: It's all in the reflexes.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I was upstairs at the time, earlier today, when I heard a loud honking on the TV downstairs. Admittedly, I’m a movie freak, and that specific horn sounded familiar. I listened for …
review by . May 12, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
I remember having watched this film several times on cable when I was a kid. I couldn't remember much about the plot, but I did remember it had some of the best movie martial arts fight scenes I had ever seen. There were a couple of occassions when some of the neighborhood gang attempted to repeat the stunts we had seen. I mention this little ancedote because it pretty much sums up BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. The film itself doesn't make much sense (unless you know a lot about Chineese mysticism) …
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