*PLOT* - By reading the above I'm sure by now you've guessed what kind of a movie "Big Trouble in Little China" is: strange, wacky, silly, but INCREDIBLY funny! Kurt Russell is Jack Burton, a guy who has an ego even bigger than the truck he drives. While stopping by Chinatown to see his buddy Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), Jack gets entangled into a supernatural war involving the 'supposedly dead' David Lo Pan (James Hong), two beautiful green eyed ladies Gracie Law and Miao Yin (Kim Cattrall & Suzee Pai), the Chinese tour guide Egg Shen (Victor Wong), and three spirit warriors Thunder (Carter Wong), Rain (Peter Kwong), and Lightning (James Pax). I know, the movie sounds pretty far out, but this is the type of movie where it doesn't matter if the plot is believable. This is the type of movie where you can kick back in your sofa with a bowl of popcorn and prepare yourself for some mindless fun.
*ACTING* - Kurt Russell steals every single scene as the egomaniac Jack Burton. He is so extremely funny you can't help but love him! Dennis Dun as Wang is also a very likable character. Jack and Wang are a great duo.
*ACTION* - The kung fu is surprisingly good for what some people might call a 'B grade movie'. Dennis Dun's fight between him and one of the spirit warriors is very cool. The kung fu is also not like the stylized fighting we see in more recent films, much more realistic though some 'deaths' are a bit fake.
*FAVORITE LINES* - My favorite lines are:
Jack: So you're going to go off and rule the universe from beyond the grave...
Lo Pan: Indeed.
Jack: or check into a psycho ward, which ever comes first huh?
*PG-13 RATING* - The movie is rated PG-13 for some strong language. The action and fight scenes are sometimes a bit violent though on the most part nothing too graphic. Some innuendos, too but nothing too bad.
*OVERALL & RECOMMENDATIONS* - The movie is highly entertaining though not something I would rate 5 stars. A bit too silly but just being able to see Kurt Russell as Jack Burton makes this movie a 3 star movie. Rent it out, a must-see for Kurt Russell fans. Other movie recommendations are:
"GHOSTBUSTERS" (1984) - A movie also dealing with the supernatural though this has a bit more class than "Big Trouble in Little China". Uproaringly funny, a must-see for all fans of laugh-out-loud comedies! Director Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver. Rated PG.
"GHOSTBUSTERS II" (1989) - Sequel to "Ghostbusters", the humor is a bit subdued but still a hilarious treat. Director Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Sigourney Weaver. Rated PG.