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Big trouble in Little China

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Call number: DVD Comedy Big

Available Copies: Traverwood Adult

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Originally released as motion picture in 1986.

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Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Donald Li, Carter Wong, Peter Kwong, James Pax.

Jack Burton is a big-talking, wisecracking trucker who goes beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown to battle an army of spirits when his friend's fiancee is kidnapped.

DVD, widescreen.

Community Reviews

Big Trouble In Little China

There are many great things about this cult classic: the action, the humor, the cast and crew - but what's really fantastic is how it uses tropes by both playing into them as well as subverting them. Kurt Russell is the lead, but his character isn't the one having the classic Hero's Journey. In fact, he's the meathead sidekick (though not 100% of the time, because the movie doesn't keep any character any one thing). The women leads get immediate strengths and character beats, and while there is plenty of damsel-in-distress plot, there is also a good bit of the damsels getting some good writing.

But there's also lots of explosions and crazy fight scenes, evil sorcerers and grotesque villians. It embraces its own cheesiness in just the right way.

Cult Favorite

This is a movie we've enjoyed watching again and again. Quirky and entertaining - a little scary for young ones.

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