• Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Big Trouble in Little China

Release Date: July 2nd, 1986

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2001

PG-13 |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Kurt Russell plays hard-boiled truck driver Jack Burton, who gets caught in a bizarre conflict within, and underneath, San Francisco's Chinatown. An ancient Chinese prince and Chinatown crime lord has kidnapped a beautiful green-eyed woman, who is the fiancee to Jack's best friend. Jack must help his friend rescue the girl before the evil Lo Pan uses her to break the ancient curse that keeps him a fleshless and immortal spirit.

Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Suzee Pai, Donald Li

Director: John Carpenter

Genres: Action , Fantasy

Production Co: TAFT Entertainment

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Best friend , Rescue , 1980s , Pursuit , Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 25
    Rick KoganChicago Tribune

    Though the film does contain a few minutes of patented Carpenter camera magic, it is unable to sustain either story or character. For all its flash and color, it is a dull film--an artless dig in the Spielberg garden. [02 July 1986, p.C3]

  • 50
    Miami Herald

    The big trouble with John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China is its tone. This time out, the director of Halloween and Starman has concocted a cartoon with human characters -- or, as it is described in the movie's press materials, a mystical action-adventure comedy-kung-fu monster-ghost story. Any film that needs that many adjectives to explain itself is already in trouble. [03 July 1986, p.D9]

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The first 30 minutes of the movie gave me lots of room for hope. It was fast-moving, it was visually spectacular, it was exotic and lighthearted and filled with a spirit of adventure. But then, gradually, the movie began to recycle itself. It began to feel as if I was seeing the same thing more than once. show more

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