Big Trouble in Little China
Some People Pick The Darnedest Places To Start A Fight!
( Action / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy )

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MPAA Rating:

US Runtime: 99 min

Premiere Date:
Jul 02, 1986   [USA]
Director: John Carpenter
Writers: Gary Goldman
David Z. Weinstein
W.D. Richter
Producers: Keith Barish   [Executive Producer]
Paul Monash   [Executive Producer]
Larry J. Franco   [Producer]
Jim Lau   [Associate Producer]
James Lew   [Associate Producer]
Music by John Carpenter
Alan Howarth
Cinematography: Dean Cundey
Edited by: Steve Mirkovich
Mark Warner
Production Companys: 20th Century Fox
TAFT Entertainment Pictures


Kurt Russell
Jack Burton
Kim Cattrall
Gracie Law
Dennis Dun
Wang Chi
James Hong
David Lo Pan
Victor Wong
Egg Shen
Kate Burton
Donald Li
Eddie Lee
Carter Wong
James Pax
Suzee Pai
Miao Yin
Chao Li Chi
Uncle Chu
Jeff Imada
Rummel Mor
Joe Lucky
Craig Ng
One Ear
June Kyoto Lu
White Tiger
Noel Toy
Mrs. O'Toole
Jade Go
Chinese Girl in White Tiger
Jerry Hardin
Pinstripe Lawyer
James Lew
Chang Sing #1
Jim Lau
Chang Sing #2
Kenny Endoso
Chang Sing #3
Gary Toy
Chang Sing #5
George Cheung
Chang Sing #6
Noble Craig
Sewer Monster
Danny Kwan
Chinese Guard
Min Luong
Paul J.Q. Lee
Chinese Gambler
Al Leong
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Gerald Okamura
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Willie Wong
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Eric Lee
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Yukio G. Collins
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Bill M. Ryusaki
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Brian Imada
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Nathan Jung
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Dan Inosanto
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Vernon Rieta
Wing Kong Hatchet Man
Daniel Wong
Wing Kong Security Guard
Daniel Lee
Wing Kong Security Guard
Lia Chang
Female Wing Kong Guard
Diana Tanaka
Female Wing Kong Guard
Donna L. Noguschi
Female Wing Kong Guard
Shinko Isobe
Female Wing Kong Guard
William B. Snider
Customs Agent (scenes deleted)
John Carpenter
Worker in Chinatown (uncredited)
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa


Susan Alpert
production assistant
Christine Baer
secretary to producer
Linda Brachman
production consultant
Dale Brady
creature crew
Kevin Brennan
creature crew
Clyde E. Bryan
first assistant camera
Theresa Burkett
creature crew
Allen Cappuccilli
assistant to Ronald Moore
Ron Cardarelli
key grip
Roberto Carlos
creature crew
Craig Caton
creature crew
Glenn Chaika
Margaret Craig-Chang
assistant animator
Dan Curry
title designer
Larry D. Davis
second assistant camera
Ken Diaz
creature crew
Steve Duncan
transportation captain
Alex R. Felix III
creature crew
Eric Fiedler
film technician
Paulette C. Fine
production accountant
Nancy Froelich
assistant editor
Deborah Ann Gavdos
assistant animator
Oda Groeschel
set costumer
J. Barry Herron
underwater director of photography
Jerry Jeffress
Steve Johnson
creature design
David P. Kelsey
creature shop coordinator
Gary B. Kibbe
camera operator
Sandy King
script supervisor
Harry Kohoyda Jr.
production accountant
Kevin Kutchaver
George La Fountaine Jr.
best boy
Jim Lau
martial arts consultant
Robin Dean Leyden
Paul Lopez
costumer: men
Ron Macinnes
creature crew
Thomas Marshall
best boy
Dave Matherly
creature crew
Ronald B. Moore
effects editorial consultant
Lesa Nielsen
creature crew
Steven B. Poster
director of photography: second unit
Pamela Rack
casting associate
Samuel E. Recinos
technical animator
Peggy Regan
Pat Repola
lab technician
Artist W. Robinson
production consultant
Jon Screiber
production assistant
John R. Shannon
still photographer
Steven Shkolnik
location manager: Los Angeles
Mark Siegel
creature maker
Mark Siegel
Peter J. Silbermann
marketing supervisor
Ed Stabile
assistant editor
Raymond Stella
camera operator
Eddie Lee Voelker
transportation coordinator
Mark Walthour
Robert Wilcox
Charles Williams
company grip
Mark Bryan Wilson
creature crew

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

$25,000,000 (USA)
Color Info:
Color (DeLuxe)
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track / the double-d symbol Dolby
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm


  • Wang Chi: Here's to the Army and Navy and the battles they have won; here's to America's colors, the colors that never run.
    Jack Burton: May the wings of liberty never lose a feather.
  • Jack Burton: Would you just stop rubbing your body up against mine, because I can't concentrate when you do that.
  • Jack Burton: Tall guy, weird cloths. First you see him, then you don't.
  • Jack Burton: What is that stuff?
    Egg Shen: It is black blood of earth.
    Jack Burton: You mean oil?
    Egg Shen: No, I mean black blood of earth.
  • Jack Burton: You know what Jack Burton always says... what the hell?


  • Some of the lightning forms a Chinese symbol as it disappears. The symbol translates as "carpenter". This film was directed by John Carpenter.
  • The ending song is performed by The Coupe de Villes. A band whose members include John Carpenter, Nick Castle and Tommy Lee Wallace (second unit director on this picture)

DVD Easter Eggs: (Hidden So You Don't See Anything You Don't Want To See)

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