It’s hard to believe it’s been thirty years since we first got into trouble with Jack Burton, but it’s true.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of John Carpenter’s movies, from Halloween to The Thing, and even a lot of what would be considered some of his “lesser” films, but for sheer fun, I don’t think Carpenter (or many other film makers for that matter) has managed to top Big Trouble In Little China.
There’s just something about the magnetism that Kurt Russell brings to this role that makes it special.
Which makes it even more interesting that it was considered pretty much a flop when it was released in July of 1996.
Of course, it took off on video, and has since become a definite staple on the midnight movie/repertory cycle, making it pretty much the dictionary definition of a “cult film” – under appreciated and not as well known as it should be, but loved by most of those who have seen it.
It also puts me in mind of another movie that fits that bill and also involves over the top martial arts action. As a matter of fact, thanks to the cgi advances that have been made since the release of Big Trouble, the Kung Fu on display in this movie is even more incredible and beyond belief than what’s on disply there. The movie I’m talking about is of course Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle, which, especially if you’ve never seen it before, I highly recommend if you’re a fan of BTiLC. No, there’s no Jack Burton, but hey, a movie can’t have everything…
Check it out:
So there ya go… a perfect double feature line-up.