I just watched Big Trouble in Little China. I had wanted to do so for a long, long time and I never got around to it.
The plot: Pretty much by chance our hero, Jack Burton, played by Kurt Russel, gets drawn into the nefarious plot of the evil wizard Lo Pan to abduct the fiance of Jack’s friend Chang. The two must follow Lo Pan and rescue the fair maidens, encountering magic and martial arts villains on the way.
The movie is a light hearted romp through a mystical Chinatown, filled with legends and sorcery. It’s quite obvious that it does not take itself very serious, and yet there’s a definite plot in there. The movie is quite enjoyable to watch, good action and all. It is a little reminiscent of Buckaroo Banzai in that it is a “Pulp” version of our modern world. However it is never quite “there”, it never quite captures the wonderful Pulp feeling I had when I watched Buckaroo Banzai for the first time. I felt that the villains were a little too wooden, the plot a little too confused. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great movie.
If you are into weird action movies, you should definitely watch this one. The same goes for all players of the Role-Playing game TORG – The entire thing would fit just wonderfully into any TORG campaign.