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Big Trouble in Little China (1986)Our Rating: 3/5
Directed by: John Carpenter Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall and Dennis Dun
This is a martial arts comedy film directed by John Carpenter. It stars Kurt Russell who plays Jack Burton, an all action hero, and Kim Cattrall (who plays Gracie Law) as one of the damsels in distress. It's based in San Franciscos Chinatown and Jack is caught up in helping his best friend Wang Chi (played by Dennis Dun) to rescue his kidnapped fiancée when they go to the airport to pick her up, which involves dealing with a 2000 year old magician (played with zeal by James Hong) who rules over an empire of spirits. It is fast paced, full of demons, warriors and powerful magic, with action throughout and plenty of fight scenes with some great dialogue. Jack battles his way through it all to rescue the girl as well as his own girlfriend Gracie who has unfortunately got caught up in it all. Kurt Russell is well cast in this role; he has some great lines and is also extremely easy on the eye! I loved it and there is so much action I am sure you will definitely want to see it more than once. Review Submitted by LindyLoo
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The Chinese characters in the main title translate to "Evil Spirits Make a Big Scene in Little Spiritual State". Although Kurt Russell was John Carpenter's only choice for the lead role the studio suggested Jack Nicholson or Clint Eastwood. Once they proved unavailable, Carpenter was able to cast Russell. According to director John Carpenter, the post production process on this movie was merely four months. According to John Carpenter and Kurt Russell in the DVD Commentary, the story was originally written as a western but Carpenter decided to set it during modern times. They even mention that instead of Jack Burton's truck being stolen, it was originally his horse.Kurt Russell suffered a bad case of the flu during shooting so the sweat on his body is real, caused by the fever. Both John Carpenter and Kurt Russell explain on the audio commentary that the test screening was so overwhelming positive that both of them expected it to be a big hit. However, 20th Century Fox put little into promoting the movie and it ended up being a box office bomb. However, it went on to be a huge cult hit through home video. Carpenter and Russell explained that the reason the studio did little to promote the film was because they didn't know how to.
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