Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China ★★★★

Above and beyond the wackiest entries of Yuzna, Cronenberg, or Carpenter himself. Big Trouble in Little China overflows with gigantic action scenes, ludicrous dialogue, insane special effects, and immaculate sets.

It's an 80's ode to kung-fu films, overrun with ancient supernatural powers, a one-off comic come to life to kick ass. If nothing else, it's certainly original.

Kurt Russell stars as Jack Burton, a hyper-masculine war eagle stumbling through a dangerously foreign eastern world. Dennis Dun's Wang Chi is the real hero of the story, a skillful but modest warrior who needs Jack's help to rescue the dream girl of his past.

This uneasy relationship of East and West values, each with unique strengths, reflects exactly on rising globalism in the 80's and creates a unique blend of traditional Fordian action and the Chinese Wuxia format.

But this isn't film school. This is the movie with marital sorcery and neon-laced lairs. Something so absurd has no right to work as well as it does, but Big Trouble in Little China is surprisingly smooth and wildly entertaining.

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