Big Trouble in Little China Quotes Jack Burton: You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn. Call the president.
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. Free os x download.
'Big Trouble in Little China' was directed by John Carpenter, who has specialized in special-effects movies. He made 'The Thing' (1982), '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.
'Little China' doesn't seem to remember that. The movie stars Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a truck-driving adventurer in the Indiana Jones mode. He goes to the airport with his friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), and while they're greeting a flight from China, Wang's girlfriend (Suzee Pai) is abducted by bandits from Chinatown.
That sets up the rest of the movie, which is essentially one extended chase scene, as Russell, Dun and Kim Cattrall plunge headlong into the mysteries beneath Chinatown. The key to the abduction is the fact that Wang's girlfriend has green eyes, rare for a Chinese woman, but invaluable for the dreaded Lo Pan (James Hong), an incredibly ancient sorcerer who must draw on the power within those green eyes to restore his youth. Because Cattrall also has green eyes, it is obviously only a matter of time before Pai and Cattrall are both captives in the dragon's lair.
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Earlier this week, Funko announced the Big Trouble in Little China line of Pop! toys, and that inspired my next Fun Facts list. I watched this movie all of the time when I was a kid. I swear it was on a constant loop in my house for a little while there. The John Carpenter-directed movie stars Kurt Russell, and it was just such an incredibly fun movie, with great characters. I think it's about that time to show it to my own kids. Here are 11 Fun Facts about the movie that you may or may not know. It was hard to find decent clips from this film on YouTube to show you certain things, but I posted the original trailer, a supercut of Russell's best lines in the movie, and the most ridiculous death scene ever.
- The story was originally written as a western but Carpenter thought it would be better to set it during modern times. The script even included a scene where Jack Burton's horse was stolen instead of his truck. As a fan of westerns, it would have been great to see this story told in the old west!
- The Chinese writing that we see in the main title translates to 'Evil Spirits Make a Big Scene in Little Spiritual State'.
- This was the last studio film Carpenter directed at the end of the 1980s because of the bad experience he had with studio head Lawrence Gordon. Apparently Gordon interfered with everything about the film up until its release date. Carpenter's Prince of Darkness (1987) and They Live (1988) were made independently through Alive Films without any studio interference and distributed by Universal Pictures.
- There's a scene in which Russell is attempting to infiltrate a brothel. In it he is wearing the same outfit that he wore in the 1980 film Used Cars.
- The test screening for the movie was so overwhelmingly positive that Russell and Carpenter thought the movie was going to be a huge hit. Unfortunately 20th Century Fox hardly put any effort into marketing and promoting the movie, so it was a box office bomb. Apparently the studio didn't know how to market this kind of film.
- Russell suffered a bad case of the flu during shooting, so due to the fever a lot of the crazy sweat we saw on his body was real.
- Russell was Carpenter's only choice to play the lead, but the studio wanted Jack Nicholson or Clint Eastwood instead. Both actors were unavailable by the time shooting started so Carpenter got to keep Russell. Which is great, because Russell was awesome!
- Before the end credits roll, Russell's character is driving his truck and talking on the CB Radio, and he says, 'You just listen to the old Pork-Chop Express here now and take his advice on a dark and stormy night when the lightning's crashing and the thunder's rollin' and the rain's coming down..' This statement pays tribute to the names of the 3 Storms, who were Lo Pan's bodyguards.
- During the wedding scene where the villain Lo Pan is sticking the Needle of Love in Miao Yin, actor James Hong actually jabbed Suzee Pai too hard. You can see her flinch from the pain.
- Carpenter wanted Jackie Chan in the role of Wang Chi, but he wasn't cast because his English wasn't good enough. Dennis Dun ended up in the role. Chan does make a cameo though, during the fight scene between the Chang Sings and Wing Kong Tong.
- As the villainous Lightning character is crushed to death, some of the lightning he emits forms a small Chinese symbol as it disappears. The symbol translates as 'carpenter'.
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