Pascal Grenier for

An All-American trucker, Jack Burton (Kurt Russell, in a cooler-than-cool performance), gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.

In 1986, John Carpenter directed his most expensive picture (at that point). Big Trouble in Little China was shot for 25 million dollars and its mix of martial arts, fantasy, action, adventure and comedy was unique. Unfortunately, the film was a huge box-office flop.

Ironically,  Carpenter turned down, the same year,  The Golden Child (a Eddie Murphy-vehicle) which in many aspects looks  like BTILC and grossed 7 times more at the Box office. But who remembers The Golden Child?  Carpenters’ baby on the other hand achieved worldwide cult-status. It is  a highlight of Carpenter’s career and one of the most entertaining action extravaganza from the 1980s.

So, right on time for its 30th anniversary, here’s a chance to discover it (or revisit) on the big screen. As ol’ Jack Burton puts it: “Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it.”


Festival screenings:

October 8, 9:15 PM (Cinémathque québécoise)

October 15, 3:00 PM (Cinémathque québécoise)

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