January 8, 2019

Episode 397: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Special Guests: Sandy King Carpenter, W.D. Richter
Guest Co-Hosts: Vincenzo Natali, Tony Black

John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986) tells the story of Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), a restaurateur whose finance, Miao Lin (Suzee Pai), gets kidnapped by the nefarious forces of David Lo Pan (James Hong), a seemingly innocent old man who is actually the embodiment of the evil spirit of Lo Pan, a demon who needs a woman with green eyes in order to become corporeal again and begin his reign of terror on earth.

And, there are some other white people involved in the story, too.

Tony Black and Vincenzo Natali join Mike to discuss this bizarre mash-up of Chinese mysticism and American action that only could write.

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Music from the Original Soundtrack recording



  1. I can't believe that you're only now getting to this movie. It just seems like the kind of film you would have covered years ago.

    1. You may have heard that I'm not a big fan. That's why we've done They Live and The Thing before this one. ;)

  2. Such a great ep! Thanks, Mike!

  3. I just wish Vincenzo had waited until after the interview to play with his collection of chains. Seriously though, interesting discussion on a fascinating 80s fantasy comedy movie.