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 Big Trouble in Little China
(1986) on IMDb

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Some people pick the darnedest places to start a fight!

Big Trouble in Little China
Movie poster for Big Trouble in Little China © Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

Big Trouble in Little China (also known as John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China) is a 1986 American fantasy martial arts action-comedy film directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt RussellKim CattrallDennis Dun and James Hong. The film tells the story of Jack Burton, who helps his friend Wang Chi rescue Wang’s green-eyed fiancée from bandits in San Francisco’s Chinatown. They go into the mysterious underworld beneath Chinatown, where they face an ancient sorcerer named David Lo Pan, who requires a woman with green eyes to marry him in order to release him from a centuries-old curse.

Although the original screenplay by first-time screenwriters Gary Goldman and David Z. Weinstein was envisioned as a Western set in the 1880s, screenwriter W. D. Richter was hired to rewrite the script extensively and modernize it. The studio hired Carpenter to direct the film and rushed Big Trouble in Little China into production so that it would be released before a similarly themed Eddie Murphy film, The Golden Child, which was slated to come out around the same time. The project fulfilled Carpenter’s long-standing desire to make a martial arts film.

The film was a commercial failure, grossing $11.1 million in North America, below its estimated $19 to $25 million budget. It received mixed reviews that left Carpenter disillusioned with Hollywood and influenced his decision to return to independent filmmaking. It gained a steady audience on home video and has become a cult classic.

Jack Burton

Originally Posted by lostboy923 of the Wizards Community forums.
On this Thread

Just remember what ol’ Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right in the eye and says, “Give me your best shot. I can take it.”-Jack Burton

It’s all in the Reflexes -Jack Burton

Big Trouble in Little China’s Jack Burton wasn’t a hero by choice. He’s was a tough truck driver who didn’t believe in ghosts or magic, until the day he was swept into a mind-boggling adventure in the mystical and dangerous world which exists beneath Chinatown. Jack’s friend, Wang Chi was horrified when his beautiful green-eyed fiancée was kidnapped at the airport by heavily armed thugs, and in the chase that ensued, Jack’s prized truck “the Pork Chop Express” was stolen.

Jack and Wang Chi were soon joined in their quest by an unlikely assortment of characters: Gracie Law a crusading attorney, Egg Shen, an enigmatic tour-bus driver with a few magical skills of his own, and Margo Litzenberger, an eager but inexperienced reporter. Together they did battle against an array of human and inhuman adversaries under the command of the evil Lo Pan, an ancient magician who was sentenced to an eternal hell of fleshless existence more than 2,000 years ago, but who planned to use the life force of a green-eyed girl to regain his corporeal existence.

Jack Burton Tough4/Fast5/Daredevil1; HD4d10+5d8+1d10; hp ; Mas 18; Initiative +8; Spd 30 ft.; Defense 24; touch 23; flatfooted 20 (+4 Dexterity, +9 class, +1 leather jacket); BAB +6/+1; Grap +9; Atk: +9 melee (1d4+3, nonlethal, unarmed strike) or +9 melee (1d4+3, knife) or +10 ranged (1d4+3, throwing knife) or +10 ranged (2d6, KG9); FS 5ft; Reach 5ft; Al Good; SV Fort +9, Ref +9, Will +4; AP ; Rep +2; Strength 16, Dexterity 18, Constitution 18, Intelligence 14, Wisdom 14, Charisma 16

Occupation: Adventurer (class skills: Drive, Spot)
Skills: Balance +9, Concentration +11, Drive +20, Escape Artist +9, Intimidate +10, Jump +8, Knowledge (streetwise) +14, Pilot +7, Sleight of Hand +8, Spot +18
Feats: Advanced Firearms Proficiency, Burst, Endurance, Far shot, Improved Initiative, Personal Weapons Proficiency, Point Blank Shot, lightning reflexes, Simple Weapons Proficiency, Surface Vehicle Operation (heavy-wheeled), Vehicle Expert
Talents (Tough Hero): Remain Conscious, Damage Reduction 1/-
Talents (Fast Hero): Evasion, Uncanny Dodge 1, Uncanny Dodge 2
Talents (Daredevil Hero): Fearless
Possessions: Maruzen’s Interdynamic KG9, Knife, Freightliner Truck “Pork Chop Express”

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