Big Trouble in Little China (Blu-ray)

Directed By: John Carpenter Starring: Kurt Russell

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Love it since childhood

by A customer on 8/26/2010

What's not to love. The mysticism, the over the top characters and action, the one liners, etc. One of my favorites. Favorite line in this movie: "You were not brought upon this world to GET IT, Mr. Burton!"

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on 1/29/2013

Director John Carpenter teams with Kurt Russell in this wonderfully unique spoof of the martial arts movie genre, and they hit on all cylinders in a film that is incredibly funny, surprisingly well-crafted, and just plain fun. Russell takes advantage of Gary Goldman and David Weinstein's script to deliver the best comic performance of his career as his swaggering trucker Jack Burton blunders through Chinatown in an attempt to recover his stolen truck and his friend's kidnapped fiancee.

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Directed by thrill master John Carpenter, this edge-of-your seat adventure stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a tough-talking, wisecracking truck driver whose hum-drum life on the road takes a sudden supernatural tailspin when his best friend's fiancee is kidnapped. Speeding to the rescue, Jack finds himself deep beneath San Francisco's Chinatown, in a murky, creature-filled world ruled by Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who mercilessly presides over an empire of spirits. Dodging demons and facing baffling terrors, Jack battles his way through Lo Pan's dark domain in a full-throttle, action-riddled ride to rescue the girl. Co-starring Kim Cattrall, this effects-filled sci-fi spectacle speeds to an incredible, twist-taking finish.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 211086916
UPC 024543602767
UPC 14 00024543602767
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/8/2013
Rating Rating
Martial Arts
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A cult favorite (and one of director John Carpenter's personal favorites), BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is a fantasy-action film that is brilliantly imaginative, funny, and absorbing. 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 crimelord 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. Carpenter uses all the best elements of martial arts films, 1940s old action serials, Chinese mythology and straight-forward American adventure to make up a tale wild with imagination. Kurt Russell is wonderful as the brash, brave, and reluctant hero Jack Burton, who is hysterically out of place in this world of magic potions, goblins and curses. A visually stunning work that ranks as one of Carpenter's best films.
Plot Summary
Summary Kurt Russell stars in this action fantasy about a wisecracking trucker who attempts to rescue his friend's fiancee from a 2,000-year-old magician who lives beneath San Francisco's Chinatown. He must battle demons, goblins and other terrors as he makes his way through the magician's dark domain.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Hey, I'm a reasonable guy. But I've just experienced some very unreasonable things."--Jack Burton (Kurt Russell)
Quote "Now I'm not saying that I've been everywhere and I've done everything, but I do know it's a pretty amazing planet we live on, and a man would have to be some kind of fool to think we're alone in this universe."--Jack Burton
Quote "Next time some eight foot tall, wild-eyed maniac taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall and asks you if you've paid your dues, well, you just do what ol' Jack Burton always does at a time like that. You stare that sucker right back in the eye. 'Have you paid your dues, Jack?' 'Yes sir, the check is in the mail.'"--Jack Burton
Quote "Oh, my God...what is that?"--Jack Burton
New York Times "...Carpenter is conspicuously with it....An upscale send-up..." 07/02/1986 p.C29
Variety "...[The] costuming, sets, stunts and special visual effects by Richard Edlund are particularly lavish..." 07/02/1986
John Carpenter
Kurt Russell
Cast & Crew
Kate Burton - Star
Dennis Dun - Star
Kurt Russell - Star
James Pax - Star
Kim Cattrall - Star
Peter Kwong - Star
James Hong - Star
Victor Wong - Star
Carter Wong - Star
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - Star
Keith Barish - Executive Producer
W.D. Richter - Screenwriter
Gary Goldman - Screenwriter
Paul Monash - Executive Producer
John Carpenter - Composer
Alan Howarth - Composer
David Z. Weinstein - Screenwriter
Larry J. Franco - Producer
Dean Cundey - Director of Photography
Richard Edlund - Visual Effects Supervisor
John Carpenter - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
Catalog ID 2260276
UPC 00024543602767
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource PopMatters
Review Like anyone in the film industry, director John Carpenter has had his professional ups and downs. His first feature, Dark Star (1974), progressed from a USC student project to a drive-in attraction. His breakthrough release, Halloween (1978), remains one of the most ruthlessly efficient genre exercises ever made, as well as one of the most financially lucrative independent features of all time. However, on more than one occasion, Carpenter has suffered from the collision between his creative instincts and whims of the movie-going audience. He either misread the public consciousness or attempted to lead it into territories it was unable or unwilling to explore...This was most notably the case with Carpenter's version of the science fiction classic, The Thing (1982)...The other occasion on which Carpenter was inadvertently out of step with the public taste involved the 1986 feature Big Trouble in Little China. An elaborate, effects-laden studio release, it was a commercial bomb...More than likely, it was this implicit critique of cinematic conventions of masculinity that turned off much of the audience when the film was originally released. The mid-1980s was the heyday of Rambo and the Terminator, characters rooted in certitude and absent even the slightest taint of irony. Carpenter's films have often incorporated a political dimension, obviously an implicit matter in this deliberately adolescent free-for-all. Jack Burton is the anti hunk, the inverse of the pectorally endowed fighting machines typified by Stallone and Schwarzenegger. The Occidental characters in Big Trouble in Little China are typically two steps behind, while the Asian Americans are three steps ahead. There are not many films that engage in a debate over Orientalism while incorporating a character who shoots lightning bolts from his fingers.
Reviewer David Sanjek
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review It seems at first like a great idea: a big-budget, high-tech Hollywood action picture that takes all the cliches of kung fu, Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan, and does them right. "Big Trouble in Little China" begins with the notion that the visible part of Chinatown is just the tip of the iceberg - that once you penetrate the facade of chop-suey parlors and laundries, there is a vast subterranean network of temples and dungeons, caverns and throne rooms and torture chambers. "Big Trouble in Little China" takes its hero and his friend on a toboggan ride through one death-defying challenge after another, and throws in magicians, sorcerers, karate masters and a 2,000-year-old man...Like I say, it must have seemed like a great idea. And 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. After one amazing subterranean chamber had been survived and conquered, everybody fell down a chute into another one. By the end of the movie, I was just plain weary..."Big Trouble in Little China" was directed by John Carpenter, who has specialized in special-effects movies. He made "The Thing," "Escape from New York" and "Christine," but his best movie in recent years has been "Starman," the one with Jeff Bridges as the outer-space alien learning to be a human being. "Starman" was so good because it told a story that involved interesting characters. Special effects all by themselves aren't enough.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Russell,Kurt
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News A misunderstood, underrated blast of a movie from genre king John Carpenter. As imaginitive and fun as anything he's done.
James Rocchi, Netflix Kung fu, monsters, sorcery, 18-wheelers, swordfights and world-saving heroics against impossible odds: What more could you want?
Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress Loads of fun from the usually strained John Carpenter.
Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star The high-octane action comedy takes all that was worthwhile from decades of B-flicks and distills it into a maximum-concentration explosion of cinematic TNT.
Scott Weinberg, A wholly enjoyable mixture of action, comedy, romance, and horror.

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