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BBFC RatingLUMI Late: Big Trouble in Little China

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GenreAction, Comedy, Fantasy
Director(s)John Carpenter
Writer(s)Gary Goldman, David Z. Weinstein, W.D. Richter
LanguageEnglish, Cantonese
Running Time1HR 39MINS
SeasonQFT Late - Cult & Classic

The LUMI programmers have hijacked QFT Late and are taking it for a wild ride through Chinatown with John Carpenter's 1980s Kurt Russell-starring martial arts classic.

Big Trouble in Little China is an unique martial arts/sci-fi/fantasy crossover that blends the esoterics of the supernatural and mythology into a breathless adventure, with the narrative encompassing innovative set pieces and thrilling special effects. The buddy pairing at the heart of the picture concerns thick-necked truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) and Chinese restaurateur Wang Chi (Dennis Dun). One liners abound as Kurt Russell gives his send-up turn as the heroic buffoon, lampooning a generation of blue collar heroes in Hollywood cinema.

The unlikely duo embark on a Brothers Grimm-esque mission to recover what they have lost and battle the forces of evil, attempting to rescue Wang’s sweetheart Miao Yin (Suzee Pai) from the clutches of an underworld gang presided over by the mysterious ancient sorcerer Lo Pan (James Hong).

Cinematographer Dean Cundey cultivates a B-movie look, whilst stunt choreographer James Lew gives a playful nod to the cartoonish tropes of the genre whilst also creating a series of modern, exhilarating action sequences.

- Written by LUMI programmer Michael McConway

Big Trouble in Little China takes its hero and his friend on a toboggan ride through one death defying challenge after another, and throws in magicians, sorcerers, karate masters and a 2000 year old man...filled with a spirit of adventure.” - Roger Ebert

Stills credit: © 1986 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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