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Big Trouble/Little China

Kurt Russell , Kim Cattrall , John Carpenter    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, but sometimes a bit too wacky April 4 2003
All I know is that this Lo Pan character comes out of thin air in the middle of an alley while his buddies are flying around on wires cutting everybody to shreds while he just STANDS there waiting for me to drive my truck straight through him with LIGHT coming out of his mouth!
- Jack Burton (played by Kurt Russell)
*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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Exactly what I ordered. All the added features are great. This is one of Kurt Russell's best in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun May 17 2014
By Spear
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Arrived on time in good order. Fun old movie let kids watch it for the first time for them they loved it good for the hold family
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5.0 out of 5 stars he liked it March 14 2014
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This was a xmas gift. This movie is an old one but a strange one that our son loved as a kid and his sister damaged his old VCR version. A blast from his past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Time In China Town! Aug. 10 2013
By Miracle Max TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I had not seen this movie in years, and am glad I bought it as it turned out being a totally sweet evening of cheesy entertainment galore!

The film is right up there with that whole genre of movies from the 80`s that delved into dragons, magic, sorcery, good versus evil, and tons of classic one liner`s perfectly delivered from Mr. Russel.

The film takes place in a dark and rainy American China Town, and is a story of an ancient Demonic Chinese sorcerer who is trapped in an old man`s body. He is seeking a woman with Jade Green eyes who has the power to change his spiritual form back into flesh and blood.

Jack (Kurt Russel) goes on an adventure with his trusty side kick to defeat the evil powers of the ancient Chinese sorcerer and save the girl with jade green eyes.

We get to see crazy martial arts fighting scenes in dark rainy ally`s with armies of Evil Chinese Warriors who can shoot Lightening out of their hands and fly through the air with ease. Flying jump kicks Galore!

All in all a very fun and entertaining movie with a happy ending. Definitely a Cult Classic 80`s Movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Trouble Jan. 11 2013
By Wen
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Its very campy but fun. Bought it for my sister but she already had a copy so I kept it. Nice addition to the collection!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oui il y a une version française! Jan. 31 2011
Comme pour d'autres films vendus par Amazon.ca, il n'y a aucune indication dans la description du produit sur le site d'Amazon.ca(nada) qui laisse croire qu'il existe une version française (pourtant une des deux langues officielles du Canada) du film sur ce BluRay. Pour votre information, cette version existe bien.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I cannot begin to describe how much I am a fan of this movie. I have the entire script memorized. I have muted the film and voiced out the entire film. My friends hate watching this with me; they think I am a freak. Big Trouble in little China is a whole lot of fun. China must be pretty bad these days if even Chinese wizards and Gods immigrated to the U.S. Which is good for us because it provides us with a lot of action packed hilarious entertainment. Kurt Russell acting like a klutzy John Wayne, every Asian that appeared on Bonanza, kung fu fights with six-shooters and Tommy Guns, Kim Cattrall before she banged everyone in New York. What else could you want? How about three storm Gods and big super charged fight on what looks like the stage of an Ozzy Osborne concert? I highly recommend this movie. If you don't like it then you are probably dead inside. Two things I wish were different about the film. 1. That they had advertised more so I would have seen it on the big screen. I never heard of this film until I saw it on video at a kids house I did not even like. 2. They had made a sequel. More Trouble in Little China, um Little Trouble in Big China, who knows all I want is a part two.
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