Big Trouble in Little China: Photofest
Marc Bernardin
May 22, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Big Trouble in Little China

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
99 minutes
performer
Kurt Russell, Kate Burton, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong
director
John Carpenter
Producers
TAFT Entertainment Pictures, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Gary Goldman, W.D. Richter, David Z. Weinstein
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a B+

There are two kinds of people: the ones who have seen — and love — Big Trouble in Little China, a John Carpenter kung fu Western buddy Chinese ghost love story, and those poor saps who aren’t burdened with having to try and describe it to the uninitiated. Ignored upon its initial release, this cult genre mosaic follows a swaggering trucker, a restaurateur, and a lawyer through the mystical underground of San Francisco’s Chinatown. The highlight of this two disc set — which also features deleted scenes, an extended ending, trailers, and a 1986 featurette — is the pitch perfect Russell and Carpenter commentary, which delves into Fox’s marketing mishaps, Chinese history, and how Russell’s son did in his hockey game.

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