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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)

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The Buzz:

     Jack Burton is your average truck-drivin’ man who seems to always find himself in the strangest of circumstances.  While trying to collect on a debt from his good friend he stumbles upon a kidnapping involving his good friend’s fiancée.  This escalates very quickly into uncovering Chinese gang warfare in the heart of San Francisco and an ancient evil named David Lo Pan.  The film quickly escalates into a martial arts comedy unlike anything you have ever seen.  You may say is it even better than My Name is Bruce; this film is the one of the best things to come out of the 80’s and a real treat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

     Kurt Russell makes this movie an instant classic with his Jack Burton character between great one liners and his amazing disbelief of what he is seeing is amazing.  Also, James Hong is great as Lo Pan, the seemingly immortal crime lord/wizard. He is great as both the 7 foot monster and as the ages-old man.  The action sequences are very well choreographed and add to the overall humor behind the film.  Another great part of the film are the characters known as “The Storms,” who use magic in their Kung-Fu. They literally shoot lightning from their fingertips.  I also love the fact that Jack Burton (“The Hero”) has almost no part in the final battle considering he is either knocked out or trapped beneath an armored guard.  And let’s face it; the final showdown between Lo Pan and Burton is epic and easily the most memorable part of the film [I don't know, dude; there are, like, two dozen parts that are "easily the most memorable part of the film." - Editor].

  

 *Insert Asian Slant-Eyed Joke Here*

 

Possible Hangovers:

     The film is very tongue-in-cheek and never takes itself too seriously, so it may lose some viewers.  The camp is strong with this one as well, very much a product of the 80’s.  It acts like it wants you to take the story seriously sometimes then turns around and gives you something you can’t possibly take seriously.  Also there are a few times when it takes for granted that you know and understand Chinese folklore, and it would have helped to have at least some explanation.  Other than that, it’s a fun ride!

 

 What a Hot-Head!

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering

     I love this film and would gladly watch it by myself on a constant loop, but luckily we are not all bat-shit crazy.  This film would be great as part of a John Carpenter or Kurt Russell marathon with a few good friends.  This could also work with a larger group as it is an easy film to show a newbie, low risk and a high reward.  If you have not seen this film please go out of your way to see it immediately. 

 

 THRILLER!

 

Plus/Minus:

+ John Carpenter

+ Kurt Russell

+ Martial Arts Comedy

+ Magic Kung-Fu

- Very 80s Camp

 

Drinking Games:

~ Drink every time Jack uses 3rd Person

~ Drink when crazy shit goes down 

~ Drink when a punch is thrown   

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