DeAngelo Vickers’s review published on Letterboxd:
"HAVE YOU PAID YOUR DUES, JACK? YESSIR, THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL!"
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA was released in 1986 and kind of sizzled out at the box office which is why it was John Carpenter's last studio film of the 80s. But once this film hit cable and VHS it garnered a rabid following ...
What's not to love? You've got a wise-cracking beer-drenched truck driver of the Pork Chop Express doing his best John Wayne impersonation (played by the legendary Kurt Russell, who turned down the lead role in HIGHLANDER to appear in this film) on an epic quest to help his good buddy, Wang Chi (who just happens to be a martial arts master and John Carpenter orginally wanted Jackie Chan to play!!!) to get his bride to be back from the clutches of the immortal Chinese sorcerer that secretly runs Chinatown!! Oh and throw in insane kung fu fights, demons, monsters, The Three Storms (who were partly the inspiration for the popular character of Raiden in Mortal Kombat) and the ridiculously awesome Egg Chen! There's literally nothing that isn't great about this flick!
The film was released just days before 20th Century Fox were about to release ALIENS and Carpenter explained they did little to promote his film and it went on to be a box office bomb. However 34 years later it's a legitimate cult classic!
This movie really shook the pillars of heaven, didn't it, wang?