Fantasy Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Kevin

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#1
Big Trouble in Little China from 1986 with Kurt Russell & Kim Cattrall is without a doubt one of my favorite movies, both as genre movie and as a nostalgia movie (I was 16 when the movie was released). It's a near perfect blend of action, comedy, mysticism, and a bunch of memorable one-liners. It's a movie that I will watch over & over again.

Now there is word that a remake is in the works with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the starring role. Why?! :cry: <Angry Shatner>NOT EVERY... MOVIE... NEED TO BE... REMADE!! :mad:</Angry Shanter>

 

s.k

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#3
I'm usually not that much against remakes. Why not, can always be fun to see another take at it.

But having said that I can't really see a remake of this movie.
Big Trouble in Little China is among my absolute favorites too. I think it's a very special movie, it got a certain feeling that I can't really explain, but I think it will be extremely hard to capture it in a remake.

/SK
 

Verna

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#4
For me, while I like Dwayne and I have seen one or two remakes that weren't that bad, I don't recall ever seeing anything remade that I thought was better than the original, if I really liked the first one.

Verna
 

Tom

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#5
With Holly~Rock, its always about the money....Always.
They have advisers that look at demographics and slant remakes to the younger - money paying generation that may not have seen the original. Its actually a pretty safe business practice.
The movie already made them tons of money so why not tap the younger generation for more money.

In the past it was sequels, Look at Jerry Lewis or Peter Sellers.
Then it was prequels - capture the same audience with a back story
Now its remakes - new audience plus the old audience wanting to see how they changed it. More money for the industry.

Someone somewhere told them that the handheld shaky camera work was artistic and we got a slew of those movies.
Someone told them that the 'found' footage films were a new cheap way to make money so we got a slew of those.

Telling a new story is an unknown investment so it only makes sense to remake the ones that made money before.

Will I see it? Perhaps eventually but I am not going to pay theater prices to propogate more.
 

Kevin

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#6
Woohoo, Big Trouble in Little China is playing on the big screen at my local Movie Tavern! I love their "Flashback Cinema" showings. This summer has been Jaws, Batman (the original one with Keaton), ST2: Wrath of Khan, Big Trouble, and Top Gun. I resisted all of them, even ST2, but could not pass up the chance of seeing Big Trouble on the big screen!

Turns out Mrs. Kevin has never seen it before! :eek: What better way of introducing her to it than by seeing it at a theater. :D
 

Verna

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#7
Awesome! That is one of my favorite movies and has several of my favorite characters in it. She'll love it!

Kim Catttrall is great no matter what she's in.

I've been watching James Hong literally ALL my life. His career began in 1954 and he is still acting. Over the last 64 years he's appeared in almost every show or movie that required an Asian actor (especially in the 50's & 60's) and always does an outstanding job. He's even been on Big Bang as the Chinese restaurant owner Sheldon drives crazy.
 

Kevin

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#8
Mrs. Kevin liked this one! :D I actually think she was disappointed a bit to find out there was never a sequel to it. She wanted to know what happened to Jack and the monster; it amused her to think that the two of them are now travelling around the country in Jack's truck like the old BJ and the Bear TV series. :ROFLMAO:

@Verna, James Hong definitely 'stole the scenes' he was in as old man David Lo Pan in the chair. Watching on the big screen, I think he was having as much fun with the lines as the audience. He really has been in an amazing number of film & TV roles; reading his Wikipedia entry I was surprised to see he was even in a role that I watched as a kid but never realized before, he was #1 Son in the Charlie Chan TV series!
 

screenersam

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#9
+1. no need to remake
fun film.
IIRC there was a comic series of what happened after. the dragon thing on his truck seen at the end, wasn't following him for revenge, but to follow him as his new master.


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sci-fi-dude

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#11
Big Trouble in Little China from 1986 with Kurt Russell & Kim Cattrall is without a doubt one of my favorite movies, both as genre movie and as a nostalgia movie (I was 16 when the movie was released). It's a near perfect blend of action, comedy, mysticism, and a bunch of memorable one-liners. It's a movie that I will watch over & over again.

Now there is word that a remake is in the works with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the starring role. Why?! :cry: <Angry Shatner>NOT EVERY... MOVIE... NEED TO BE... REMADE!! :mad:</Angry Shanter>

Those gals were pretty nice in the film, and Snake Plyskin was bad to the bone, as far as a remake, dude I agrees with ya' a-men!
 
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