Wednesday, January 2, 2013

50x3: Big Trouble in Little China (M-2)

Well, I am probably going to take a lot of flack for this. I realize a lot of people love this movie, and I can see that it may be a bit of a cult classic. Usually I can handle weird and a bit confusing, but this film was just a little much for me.

In Big Trouble in Little China Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) takes a friend of his, Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) to the airport to pickup his fiancee. While there Burton locks eyes with a woman, Gracie (Kim Cattrall) who seems to realize that something is about to go down.

Once Wang's fiancee is through customs, a Chinese street game known as the Lords of Death kidnap her. Burton and Wang jump in Burton's truck to chase them down and end up in the middle of a street battle between the Wing Kong and the Chang Sing.

As they escape, Burton loses his truck and he and Wang meetup with Gracie, Eddie (Donald Li) and a magician named Egg Shen (Victor Wong). Together they come up with a plan to infiltrate a brothel where Wang's fiancee is supposedly taken.

It turns out that all of this is happening because of a sorcerer known as Lo Pan (James Hong). Legend says that he is forced to roam the Earth in as a ghost until he can marry a girl with emerald green eyes. Turns out Wang's fiancee is just that girl.

Burton is now tasked with finding Wang's fiancee, stopping Lo Pan from marrying her and regaining his human form, and most importantly - finding his truck.

I do have to give this film props for one thing - it was incredibly ambitious. A lot of stuff was shoved into a 99 minute movie, and so many strange and odd ideas tossed in as well.

Again, perhaps this is me watching it a bit too late in my life. Had I watched this in the '80s or early '90s I may have enjoyed it a lot more.

It did have its moments, and I laughed a handful of times at the sheer insane things that they put into the film - but overall it just didn't hit me right.



  1. So... I added you to Friendly Faces. I might remove you for this. :P

    I just saw this film for the first time last year and absolutely loved it.

  2. I know, I know. I knew I would get some heat for this.

    Thanks for the add by the way.