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October 23, 2016
Great action sci-fi movie starring Kurt coban. This movie is just flat out awesome, I love all the characters , it's a good pop corn flick. I live in san Francisco and it rarely rains here but in the movie it rains a lot. I wish it rains this much in actual san Francisco because of the drought, maybe when this movie was made there was no drought. Kurt cobans character is just cool, he would be an awesome best friend to have. I heard that there is going to be a reboot starring the Rock but I bet that it wouldn't be as good as Kurt coban because kurts character has charisma and the rock doesn't have charisma. Even though the special effects suck in this movie the plot backs it up and the characters.
October 22, 2016
I adored this when it was first released and I adore it even more now. Jack Burton is the balls and Carpenter's Pork Chop Express is one of my favourites of his. The perfect mix of comedy, fantasy and action.
½ October 20, 2016
This movie is so ridiculous, it's awesome. Hoaky acting, over-the-top story, cheesy fight scenes but a whole ton of fun. Kurt Russell plays the perfect "Too cool" character along with his goofy sidekicks and the action scenes are hilarious. Defying the laws of gravity and contains some of the funniest deaths on screen. This film is not for everybody. This film knows how dumb it is and has fun with it. If these lines were in something like a Bourne movie, they would be cringeworthy, but here they are comedic gold. If you like Schlock in your movies, check out Big Trouble in Little China!
½ October 4, 2016
Phenomenal tribute to b movies
½ October 3, 2016
Somehow Road House had a baby with the very campiest of 1960s Hong Kong, and John Carpenter signed on to direct (plus compose the soundtrack). Wildly entertaining, and self-aware enough to embrace the sheer lunacy of mysically-powered gang warfare amidst the nooks and crannies of Chinatown, it's no wonder this would become such a cult classic. Kurt Russel is dead-perfect as Jack Burton, the brash, headstrong, somewhat confused would-be hero who doesn't realize he's actually the sidekick. As one might expect, things get carried away somewhere between the first trap elevator and the second (must've been a deal at the villainous super-mart this week) but that's actually for the best: Big Trouble is most in its element when it casts aside mere storyline concerns, flies off the handle and embraces its ridiculous side. The plot is simplistic and the fight scenes aren't all that great - too many jump cuts and blunt-handed effects - but the mood is a direct hit and it's certainly never tame. When it comes to the final confrontation, it's more about quick reflexes than martial arts anyway. A board-dumb classic of the bombastic '80s action scene, and one of my favorite empty climaxes ever. Here's hoping Hollywood understands what made it work so well when they push out the impending remake.
September 30, 2016
I really enjoyed this film, and it's an earlier film role for Kim Cattrall. The film features Kurt Russell (Jack Burton) as a macho type truck driver that takes no crap. The movie didn't do well at the box office, but it has become a cult hit.
September 21, 2016
Great cult classic 80's movie from the master of the Cult Classic (John Carpenter). Silly, fun, action packed and never dull.
½ September 20, 2016
Mullet at its finest.
September 10, 2016
better than i thought, as dumber as I theought. Love it!!! Even more getting all this mortal kombat vibe, so many things that could have inspired my fav game ever!!!!!
Love it, will watch it again for sure!
½ September 10, 2016
To be honest, I don't feel like this movie holds up today like some 80's movies do. No longer an enjoyable watch.
September 2, 2016
Pretty damn whacky, pretty damn good.

I was late to the party with this little 80s b-movie gem.

½ August 29, 2016
A really cheesy film that can't be taken seriously.
½ August 25, 2016
A child of the 80s, I dont know how I have gone this long without seeing this classic. Fun, light adventure movie where the "hero" (Kurt Russel) is really the side kick. Cross Indiana Jones with the Goonies and make the lead an American cliche who isnt as tough or strong as he thinks he is, but has a great personality and heart and you get Big Trouble in Little China. Great watch.
August 20, 2016
Definition of 80s cheese right here, I can understand why some people would enjoy this film but it the acting was too atrocious and the plot too nonsensical for me to like this thing.
August 20, 2016
Inconsistently funny and inconsistently thrilling, Big Trouble in Little China is a grueling 99 minutes due to poorly developed characters, a thinly written script, and the racism that overshadows the entire thing. A smear on John Carpenter's record.
August 19, 2016
A strange yet enduring combination of a cult classic 80s film, cheesy kung-fu action, and rogue cowboy.
August 1, 2016
As John Carpenter and Kurt Russell have continuously proven a powerful team, Big Trouble in Little China sounded like another brilliant experience.

Big Trouble in Little China is John Carpenter's most genre-bending film. The man has always had a talent for combining genres, but Big Trouble in Little China is his most ambitious example of the skill throughout his entire career. The film plays out like an Indiana Jones movie set in a fantasy setting. The concept of a stray protagonist dragged into a war between gangs is clearly one influenced by Akira Kurosawa's iconic jidaigeki film Yojimbo (1961) while the use of a masculine American protagonist and various shootouts gives it a western touch. With the subversive mix of eastern and western elements alongside fantasy adventure elements, Big Trouble in Little China is almost like John Carpenter's 80's equivalent of Star Wars (1977) in the form of a self-aware B-movie with a rich atmosphere of humour. The film succeeds in its multi-genre ambitions and uses them to bring out a new extent of creativity in the director. It is an experience like none other, and it is a distinctively John Carpenter fare.
Big Trouble in Little China obsesses so heavily on being a style-oriented guilty pleasure that it lacks the character development or social commentary of many of John Carpenter's more intellectual features. This means the dialogue in the film isn't particularly interesting and so the dialogue-oriented sequences aren't necessary all that engaging. Oddly enough even though the director has a love of horror there isn't that much exploration of mythology in the narrative as it predominantly serves as the medium for an action film. It's the moments that boast the production values of Big Trouble in Little China that really support it, and luckily enough there is a barrage of colourful imagery in an extremely versatile form to compensate for this. Though he has proven his mastery of low-budget filmmaking, Big Trouble in Little China has one of the biggest budgets John Carpenter has ever worked with. To start the film off, audiences get to experience the on-location scenery of the film which provides a dark underside to contemporary society where gang violence is a prominent feature. Soon enough, characters dressed in formal Asian clothing enter fray. This formality turns fantastical soon enough when the sorcery element of the story begins and the full ambition of the costume deparment is seen in top form. Given that the work of the costume deparment was a key influence on the design of Raiden from the Mortal Kombat video game series (1992-present), the influence of the film is clear. And the occasional use of prosthetic effects adds further creative imagery to the film while the visual effects are colourful while spread out across the story. All this combined with remarkable detail in the production design provides a perfectly convincing setting for the film with its distinctive eastern design.
And like I said, action is the dominant focus of Big Trouble in Little China. John Carpenter had long desired to make a kung-fu film, and Big Trouble in Little China is exactly his chance to do that. There is a sizable collection of well-choreographed fight sequences which bring an impressive series of moves out of the very talented cast. A large array of martial arts performers are brought into Big Trouble in Little China to empower the film with their natural talents, and they show off a remarkable range of versatile skills in the endless barrage of action that the film hurls at viewers. The fight scenes benefit from the aforementioned visual effects and the help of some wires, but the natural talents of the performers is impossible to disregard. An on top of all the fight scenes is the presence of John Carpenter's distinctive brand of westernized shootouts which are bolstered by strong cinematography and editing. Big Trouble in Little China delivers very well on the action front, and the hyperactive energy that it presents to the film gains a lot of support from the power of the musical score. Once again, John Carpenter proves his brilliance as a composer in a collaboation with Alan Howarth where the two build a traditionally eastern musical theme with an 80's coat of paint to it.
And since the script requires the cast members to bring their natural charms to the film without worrying too much about characterization, the natural talents of the actors flourish on their own terms.
Kurt Russell's leading performance once again proves that John Carpenter brings out the best in him. As a contrast to the hyper-intensity of the characters he portrayed in Escape from New York (1981) and The Thing (1982), Kurt Russell flexes his comedic muscles in Big Trouble in Little China. Jack Burton is a great character because he is a badass action hero and a parody of one at the same time; Rather than resisting the social structure of the world around him as Snake Plissken did, Jack Burton is genuinely confused and angered by it. It works to the film's comic benefit as he is a fish out of water whose western idiociy makes him prone to deadpan slapstick gags that are hilarious without detracting from the serious aspects of the story. While making viewers laugh, Kurt Russell continues to kick ass in Big Trouble in Little China with his muscular stature and hard-edged nature supporting his dramatic virtues. With his pretentious egotism and single-toned line delivery, Kurt Russell manages to capture a imitation of John Wayne without coming off as a try-hard. This adds to his credibility as a comic actor yet the fact that he plays it with such legitimate dedication is a testament to his versatility, reinforcing his status as a legendary action hero of the 1980's.
Dennis Dun also contributes a strong supporting effort. Though he is largely a repetitive background character, Wang Chi gains a lot of benefit from having Dennis Dun in the role. He starts out as simply a friend to the protagonist, but due to his own relevance to the narrative we see him grow more intense as the story develops. Dennis Dun keeps up with this development and gives his character a progressive aspiration of confidence. This plays out more prominently throughout the many action scenes, and as the story goes on we see him engaging with the battle more. This is where he shows off his swift speed, fighting skills and flexibility. He proves to kick some major ass and keep a strong chemistry with Kurt Russell, ensuring that they make a befitting pair of heroes. Dennis Dun brings his own set of skills to Big Trouble in Little China and stands out as a memorable martial artist.
James Hong is also an awesome presence. As perhaps the most active Chinese Hollywood actor of the past many decades, James Hong takes on one of his most distinctive roles in Big Trouble in Little China. He uses his iconic voice perfectly by laying the accent on thick with a cartoonish evil nature about him while his facial expressions project a really intimidating sense of sadistic passion. Jack Burton is a hero and a parody of one, and David Lo Pan is his villainous equivalent. James Hong's line delivery is perfect in Big Trouble in Little China, and his balance between legitimate villainy and cheesiness encapsulates the mood of the film perfectly.
Kim Cattrall is also a likable presence, particularly considering that the contrast between her character's intelligence and her airheaded line delivery makes for an effective combination of B-movie female archetypes.

Big Trouble in Little China doesn't have much engaging dialogue, but John Carpenter's genre-bending love-letter to eastern and western cinema benefits from brilliant production values, impressively versatile action scenes and Kurt Russell's heroic charisma.
½ July 19, 2016
Carpenter's nonsensical racist "action" movie is also his worst.
July 18, 2016
If I could only have 5 movies to watch for the rest of my life, this would be one of them.
July 17, 2016
This is a fantastic movie. Kurt Russell is perpetually stuck in a movie that he does not want to be in. All he wanted to do was drive his friend to the airport and get some money from a bet he won but then suddenly gets stuck in a kung fu B movie for the rest of the film. He then loses his truck to a Kung Fu street gang and for the rest of the film all Kurt Russell wants is to get his truck back but he cant because the Kung Fu movie wont let him leave.While some may dislike the movie because they basically don't explain anything, in my opinion that is what makes it great. If you view it as you are Kurt Russell's character who like you doesnt know what is happening then it is hilarious. Things will happen and the movie will then just continue on like nothing happened even though Kurt Russell is furiously trying to figure out what is happening, and failing to do so. If you're looking for a movie that is funny because of the situations rather than jokes this is the movie to watch.
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