Jack Burton says, "What the hell." Such is the philosophy of the hero of 'Big Trouble in Little China', an adventure in San Fransisco's Chinatown. Jack is a truck driver who's a class act. On the grill of his semi he has the silhouette of a naked lady which includes the 'Haulin Ass' slogan, words used by many a clever trucker. He also broadcasts his wisdoms via CB to anyone who's listening. I mean who the hell is so arrogant to believe that their thoughts are worth sharing with a bunch of strangers? Oh wait.....
Jack takes his old friend Wang to the airport after winning all his money gambling. Wang is there to meet the love of his life, a green eyed gal from China he has flown into the US. Of course things don't go simply as she's kidnapped by some Chinese gang and taken to the mysterious Lo Pan.
Of course Jack and Wang pursue Lo Pan and attempt a daring rescue of the beloved damsel. Hijinks ensue as they encounter enemies with paranormal abilities, a big ball of fat with a bunch of eyes, monsters, Raiden from the Mortal Kombat video game, various Asian stereotypes, and most horrifying of all, Kim Cattrall.
'Big Trouble in Little China' is not high brow cinema, but as a parody, or dare I say tribute, to Hong Kong theatre and old movie serials this film is highly entertaining. Played tongue in cheek by Kurt Russel, Jack Burton is just damn cool and sports some really funny footwear. The film is laugh out loud funny, has some great one liners, and action scenes that are fun. The movie works in the fact that it never takes itself seriously and has a great sense of humour. I think I should add this to the 'Bad Movies I Love' list.
As I'm constantly reminded by the handsome Mattbear I can be a bit of a movie snob, but there are times that films such as this can entertain me far more than Citizen Kane. If you haven't figured it out already I recommend this if you're ever in the mood for a fun romp.
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