Episode 85

Big Trouble in Little China

Published on: 4th March, 2021

In the first of March's look into cult movie classics, Big Trouble in Little China nowadays looks like a movie that should have been destined for success.

It had the capable charismatic hero, and Kurt Russell playing the guy who thinks he's the hero. Throw in the damsels in distress, creepy villain, ancient sorcery, high-action martial arts choreography and Chinese mythology and mysticism, and it makes no sense that it flopped at the box office.

Unlike most '80s movie where Chinese characters were cliched tropes, Big Trouble in Little China, with its primarily Asian cast, at least attempts to respect Chinese myths and legends.

Just remember, if you need a green-eyed girl to break your centuries-old curse, don't be like David Lo Pan, get her consent before the marriage ceremony!

The parody of Gangnam Style I mentioned is Lo Pan Style and it's hilarious!

I would love to hear your thoughts on Big Trouble in Little China!

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The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Hi. I'm Em. I love movies. I also talk a lot. A podcast was therefore inevitable...

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