BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
DIRECTOR: JOHN CARPENTER
CAST: KURT RUSSELL, KIM CATTRALL, DENNIS DUN
Hop on the Jack Burton Pork-Chop Express! Long before the rest of Hollywood got hip to the effervescent action cinema coming from Hong Kong, Carpenter was just about the only guy in The Biz attuned to the vibrations coming across the Pacific—as is abundantly evidenced in this rambunctious cult classic, which finds San Francisco Chinatown local Dennis Dun and gweilo out-of-towner buddy Kurt Russell descending into the city’s catacombs to take on supernatural overlord Lo Pan (James Hong). The set-up screams Sax Rohmer and “Yellow Peril,” but the actual figure of fun here is Russell’s pushy, hysterically oblivious outsider, doing his best John Wayne impersonation and playing the archetypal all-American[ABB1] smart aleck blowhard.