Big Trouble in Little China

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USA film poster.

Big Trouble in Little China is a comedic martial arts action film released on 1986-07-02. It was written by Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein, and W. D. Richter, directed by John Carpenter, and produced by Larry J. Franco.

In the film's story, Jack Burton, an all-American wise-cracking truck driver wins big in a night of gambling in China Town, but, before he can collect his earnings, he finds himself wrapped up in an ancient war between the powers of good and evil as Chinese sorcerers and kung fu experts battle to the death all around him. In an effort to help out his friend, and get his truck and money returned, he takes part in the battle, only to find he is severely outclassed!


I remember seeing this film when I was quite little probably around 8-10-years-old. I absolutely loved it, and have only grown to appreciate it more with age.


Actor Character
Kurt Russell Jack Burton
Dennis Dun Wang Chi
Kim Cattrall Gracie Law
James Hong David Lo Pan
Victor Wong Egg Shen
Kate Burton Margo Litzenberger
Carter Wong Thunder
Peter Kwong Rain
James Pax Lightning
Suzee Pai Miao Yin
Chao-Li Chi Uncle Chu
Jeff Imada Needles


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  • I love how the film turns the typical genre on it's head. Not only is it a kung fu film with comedy elements, but the white man, Jack, isn't really the hero. Although he's the focus of the film, he's more of a bumbling fool who got caught up on the mix while the real heroes of China Town defeat the villain.
  • All the action scenes of sorcery and kung fu are really wonderful.
  • The three storms make for fantastic minibosses.
  • The scene where Jack trying to be a badass while covered in lipstick is hilarious.


  • Lo Pan being killed by having a knife thrown through his skull by a mere mortal is pretty stupid.


  • Nothing.





Fan Art




Strong female character?Pass
Bechdel test?Fail
Strong person of color character?Pass
Queer character?Fail


  • "Sit tight, hold the fort, keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by the president."
  • "Ah, you know what ol' Jack Burton says at a time like this?" "Who?" "Jack Burton! Me!"
  • "Indeed!"


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